Lending for Europe – Collections Mobility

Encouraging Collections Mobility – A Way Forward for Museums in Europe


Manfredo Settala (1600−1680), Milan, was one of the great collectors of 17th century Europe. He had inherited the Cabinet from his father and continued the work of collecting with growing passion. His Cabinet included objects of every kind: minerals, stuffed animals, horns and skeletons, automata, pressed plants, clocks and weapons etc. The collection became widely known and a growing number of visitors came to see it at Via Pantano.

A catalogue, published in seven volumes, was organised thematically and presented an exact picture of his way of organising knowledge about the universe. Settala commissioned artists to draw and paint pictures of the highlights of the collection …

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Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Teijamari Jyrkkiö, Susanna Pettersson, Astrid Weij

Part One – The History of Collecting and the Current Strategies

The Collecting Process and the Founding of Museums in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries – Susan Pearce

The history of the European museum collections and collecting practices; why collections were established and to which needs.

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From Disciplinary Control to Co-creation − Collecting and the Development of Museums as Praxis in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century – Léontine Meijer-van Mensch and Peter van Mensch

Key changes in the 19th and 20th century in European museum collections and collecting practices: from hoarding to managing collections; from presenting the whole spectrum to the specialisation of museums; new needs originating from new practises.

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Collection Strategies Now! – François Mairesse

Theoretical introduction / framework that describes collection resources on European level, analyses critically public collecting and the use of collections (the underused parts of collections). New needs originating from the museum community (access, education, cultural diversity, financial resources, legal issues). Idea of the big museum; Collection Europe.

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Part Two – Museum Objects and Active Collections

Promotion to Heritage: How Museum Objects Are Made – John Carman

What types of values are attached to an object after it has been purchased or donated to a museum collection?

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Value, Verity, and Validation: The Interplay of Legal and Economic Factors on the Security and Mobility of Art and Antiquities – Norman Palmer

How can a museum professional equip himself to anticipate and avert legal problems with cultural objects, for they can be bought and sold, owned and stolen, loaned and exhibited, valued and disparaged, like any other commodity

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Active Collections: Re-visiting our Collection for More and Better Use – Freda Matassa

Using collection policies as a tool; challenging the established way to think about the collections and offering alternative ways to develop collections.

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Collections Mobility Perspectives on Conservation: Emphasis on the Original Object – Elizabeth Pye

About the ways in which conservation and the care of objects affect the mobility of museum objects, and whether original objects are or are not to lent to other institutions.

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Part Three – The Way Forward: Collections Mobility

Collections Mobility – Stepping Forward  – Susanna Pettersson

Our collections are meant to be displayed, researched, interpreted, and kept for the audiences of today and generations to come. Museum collections flourish at their best when they are used and researched properly. In order to strengthen the use of collections, the museum community needs tools and practical guidance.

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Collections Mobility Timeline – Astrid Weij

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Trust and Networking  – Mechtild Kronenberg

Standards, trust, and networking are key elements in sharing museum collections

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Prevention or Compensation? Alternatives to Insurance – Henrietta Galambos and Frank Bergevoet

Collections mobility perspectives on insurances, non-insurances and state indemnities.

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Immunity from Seizure: A Legal Exploration – Nout van Woudenberg

Immunity from seizure / different situations where immunity from seizure is applied; making clear that immunity from seizure does not mean immunity from jurisdiction.

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Long-term Loans: A Proposal within the Framework of Collections Management  – Suzanna Choulia-Kapeloni

Collections mobility perspectives on extended use of collection resources; long-term loaning including some examples of good practices and national legislations.

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Loan Fees – Freda Matassa

Collections mobility perspectives on loan fees.

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Digitising Museum Materials − Towards Visibility and Impact – Minna Karvonen

The increased exchange of immaterial goodsd and the profound changes in the way content is created ad used are the characteristics of a digital society. advances in information and communication technologies influence the way we work, think and create – both as individuals and as a group.

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Part Four – For the Public’s Benefit

European Collection Resources – Museums Serving European Identity – Tomislav Sladojević Šola

European collection resources, i.e. European objects in European museum collections from the point of view of building up identities. Whose culture do the collections represent? How are they responding to the needs of the public?  How can collections be used and communicated? What is the relation between collecting, research and communication?

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Telling ‘Another Story’: Western Museums and the Creation of Non-Western Identities – Anna Catalani

Extra-European objects in European museum collections from the point of view of building up identities. Who tells the story? Whose voice is being heard?

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A Dead Rom in a Photograph − A Case of Cultural Mobility of Museum Collections – Jere Jäppinen

An interesting lesson about the cultural challenges of showing Roma objects, and especially photographs, in a museum.

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Open to the Public − The Use and Accessibility of the Object for the Benefit of the Public – Kaija Kaitavuori

A collection can only be considered a museum when it has an audience. But in time, the notions of museum audiences and of their roles have changed.

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Part Five – Practical Guide to Collections Mobility

Introduction to the Collections Mobility Process – Susanna Hillhouse

A practical guide on collection management process from the collections mobility point of view / introduction, references to central documents, graphics, check lists, frequently asked questions etc.

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