Western Balkans: 60 museum professionals from 6 countries

The conference ’Meet See Do’  was held in Tirana, Albania April 8th 10th, 2014.

Under the title “Meet See Do“ over sixty museum professionals from six countries of the Western Balkans have gathered for the second annual museum conference of the Balkan Museum Network and CHwB. Together with distinguished facilitators from across Western Balkans, Sweden and Great Britain, participants have had the opportunity to discuss, exchange and learn about possibilities for improving the difficult conditions museum face on a daily basis.

Conference was officially opened in National Historical Museum of Tirana by Dr. Ing-Marie Munktell, chairwoman of the CHwB Steering Board, Mr.Patrik Svensson, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. from the Embassy of Sweden and Mr Zef Cuni, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture of Albania. D

uring three dynamic days of the conference, participants have attended 5 key note sessions and had the possibility to choose between 14 parallel sessions, focused around the topics:

  • Social justice
  • Negotiating the Past/Storytelling/Interpretation
  • Involvement, engagement, participation for access and inclusion
  • Developing Successful Projects/Project Management
  • Museology.

At the evening of the second day, conference dinner reception was organized in the National Historical Museum. It was enriched with the performance of the traditional Albanian dance and singing.

Complementary to the conference was a call for project proposals. During the conference sessions for project management and project surgeries, some ideas for projects were refined or developed. The most successful project proposals will be offered funding from Cultural Heritage without Borders with the financial support of the Swedish government and The Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
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Meet See Do conference is the main annual event of the Balkan Museum Network and it has encountered great interest between museum professionals in the Western Balkans. Through this annual gathering, network is constantly growing. BMN is made of 23 member museums across the Western Balkans. We hope more organizations and individuals will join to promote widely museums as institutions of learning, discovery, inspiration, and agents of social change – owned and guarded by society, open to everybody and for the benefit of all.

Project financed by:

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