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[2012 Conference] The Best in Heritage

"The Best in Heritage" Dubrovnik, Croatia, 27 - 29 September 2012

“The Best in Heritage” is the world’s only annual survey of awarded museum, heritage and conservation projects.

The Best in Heritage event recognises that heritage professionals need quality information and benchmarking occasions to raise awareness of exceptional projects and promote collaboration.

there are, annually, we believe, more than a hundred awarded, new or renewed institutions world-wide and a great number of exceptional projects hardly known to the international professional public. All of them deserve further professional and public attention. Besides, we live in an increasingly competitive world where standards of excellence, i.e. expectations be it from public or our other stakeholders are rising steadily.”

This years conference will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 27 – 29 September 2012

Some Featured Projects

  • Intermuseum 2011 Grand Prix winner
  • The Kizhi State Open-Air Museum of Cultural History and Architecture, Petrozavodsk, Russia

Inclusive Museum Conference 2011, South Africa

The Inclusive Museum Conference 2011 is to be held at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 30 June to 3 July 2011.

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Plenary speakers will include some of the leading thinkers in museum studies and leading practitioners, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.


International Conference on the Inclusive Museum

The Inclusive Museum Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. The inaugural Conference was held at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands in 2008, the Second International Conference on the Inclusive Museum was held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2009, and the 2010 Conference was held at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.


The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

Conference participants can submit papers to the Inclusive Museum Journal, before the Conference and up until one month after the Conference. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed. The publication decision is based on the referees’ reports.

For those unable to attend the Conference in person, a virtual registration will provide participants access to the electronic version of the Journal, as well as the option to submit papers for refereeing and possible publication.

For more information about the Journal please visit the Publish Your Paper page.



2012 Heritage Law: Professional development program, Turkey

Eight Day Professional Development Program

Istanbul, Turkey,  May, 2012 (Dates to be confirmed)


This Professional Development Program is available as a eight day intensive for people from all professional back grounds, especially international humanitarian law, Human Rights Commissions, Environmental and Heritage Agencies, Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives. This course is designed to give participants an introduction to international laws concerning heritage in its various forms, giving them a solid grounding in the obligations concerning heritage established by major international legal instruments such as the UNESCO Conventions, Recommendations and Declarations. Participants need have no prior knowledge of law or of the international legal system.

The course also provides participants with knowledge of international rules which affect exchanges, exhibitions, recovery of stolen cultural objects, protection of antiquities, and acquisition and exhibition policies. Lack of knowledge of this body of legal obligations and the relevant ethical codes could lead to potential losses to museums and breaches of international legal obligations for which a country may be liable. Cultural rights are addressed as an integral part of Human Rights. All the course modules are illustrated with international case studies, including several from the Asia Pacific Region, through the first hand legal knowledge of the course faculty.

Participants will study the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1954 and its two Protocols (1954, 1999), the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970, the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects 1995, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001, UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003 and the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005. More briefly there will be consideration of the UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972, the 11 UNESCO heritage Recommendations and the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity 2001. The adoption and implementation of these instruments both in Australia and other countries will be studied as well as their implications for Australian heritage and other cultural workers. Participants will also become acquainted with the international support mechanisms and networks and will investigate, as part of their course, Australia’s or their country’s participation (or failure to participate) in the implementation of this instruments through their national legislation and administration.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  • Be aware of the international standards and have the ability to develop further in-depth knowledge
  • Evaluate the international standards which have been adopted in the past five years
  • Assess and research how these apply in their own countries or in Australia
  • Be familiar with the international support mechanisms and networks and have the capacity to investigate, their country’s participation (or failure to participate) in the implementation of these instruments through their national legislation and administration

Contact: http://inclusivemuseum.org/contact/