Lending for Europe – Collections Mobility

The Collections Mobility 2.0, Lending for Europe 21st Century project organised training courses and provided a training package in order to introduce the most recent developments, best practices, concepts, standards and procedures on lending and borrowing of museum collections. ‘Getting practical’ was the main aim of the project.

Trainings were organised in Madrid, Antwerp and Budapest. These courses were
 open to professional delegates from each country. After the trainings each delegate could cascade the training programme to other professionals in their own country, using the training package that was being developed.

The opening venue in Madrid (31 May -1 June) was open for museum directors and policy makers from each Member State. In the other two meetings in Antwerp (1-3 December 2010) and Budapest (23-25 February 2011) participants from all 27 Member States of the EU were trained.

The target groups in Antwerp and Budapest were professionals dealing directly with the administration of international loan of artworks as collection keepers, registrars etc. Addressed were:

1. Trainers’: professionals dealing directly with the administration of international loan of artworks, teachers and professors in museology, museum studies and instructors in collections management issues who were willing to take upon them the role of ‘trainer’. They were asked to cascade the knowledge acquired through the training programme further to the museum workers in their country by (co)organising trainings on the subject after February 2011. Priority was given to candidates that were linked to a museum, cultural heritage association, or official body that could support his/her actions both on an organisational level and financially, for the sake of achieving the widest possible scope of national distribution. A feedback on the progression and the results of the national trainings will be asked for by September 2011.

2. ‘Participants’: professionals dealing directly with the administration of international loans of artworks: collection keepers, registrars, exhibition coordinators etc. who were interested in improving and promoting the topic of mobility of collections in practice. We invited them to implement the best practice, concepts, standards and procedures on lending and borrowing as presented in the training into their own collection management practice and to promote these standards among their colleagues.

Number of participants
The Antwerp and Budapest venues were open each to (ideally maximum) 56 participants:

  • 1 Trainer + 1 Participant from each of the Member States (2×26=52)
  • 2-4 Local Experts

For the future Trainers and Participants (who were chosen by a competition – See Call for Participants – the programme coverd training fee, hotel (maximum three nights) and catering expenses. Travel costs were also covered for the Trainers.

Selection criteria of participants
Concerning Trainers as well as Participants a Call for participants had been published requiring the following information:

  • Professional CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Filled in Application Form
  • For Trainers: short description about the future national training

Content of the training
The training was organised in four panels (4 subgroups each of 14 people). Each sub-group was trained by two trainers. 4×2 trainers dealt with a key-issue and taught this subject in turn to the 4 sub-groups. At the end of each panel, the trainers gave instructions and support on how the training program could be cascaded down during the national trainings.

Key topics
A: Valuation, insurance, state indemnity and shared liability
B: Immunity from seizure
C: Long term loans, Collection research

D: Simulation game: this section was about playing a simulation game, where one museum would like to borrow an object from another museum.

At the end of the training, at a plenary session all groups presented their result. This case was also an explicit exercise to build up trust. There were sorts of exercise, all focusing on a different problem, such as a very complex shipment, for instance, or a travelling exhibition.

National trainings will be organised in all Member States from February to September 2011.




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