ICOM – Ecomuseums and Community Museums

ICOM

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is a Public Interest Organization and was created in 1946 for and by museum professionals. Today the organization has over 35,000 members and considers themselves “the world museum community.” Every three years an ICOM General Conference is held. The conferences take place over the course of a week and are attended by more than 1,500 experts and professionals.

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Trentino Ecomuseums Network – Italy

trentino

The Trentino Ecomuseums Network, Ecomusei Trentino, unites 8 ecomuseums all located in the northern autonomous province of Trento, or Trentino in Italy. The country of Italy is divided into autonomous provinces. Ecomuseums have flourished the most in the northern and central provinces. The southern and island provinces are increasingly seeing an uptick in ecomuseum examples and growth. Networks are a crucial strategy used by ecomuseums across the globe and especially in Europe. Go here for more information about ecomuseums and networks. The province has over 200 municipalities with a total population of over 500,000. Trentino is a mountainous province with the Dolomites, which are part of the Alps, crossing through the region.

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Ecoamgueddfa in Wales

Wales

The Ecoamgueddfa is an ecomuseum in Wales that is located on the Pen Llŷn (Llŷn Peninsula) and it is the first ecomuseum to be developed in Wales. It is composed of seven sites which each corresponds to seven heritage organizations all acting together within a partnership. These organizations are; Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llŷn Maritime Museum, Felin Uchaf, Porth y Swnt, Plas yn Rhiw, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, and Plas Heli.

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The 24 local sites of Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum

Flodden

Together they piece together the wider story of the conflict, both past and present.

The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum (go here for more info) is comprised of dozens of physical sites. These sites are dispersed across the United Kingdom. The sites are generally organized as either local or distant. There are 24 local sites and 8 distant sites. Below is the entire list with short blurbs on each site.

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Ecomuseum Networks: a key strategy

ecomuseum networks

A key strategy for the structuring and organization of ecomuseums has been to create and then operate within networks. Networking is essential and very beneficial for ecomuseums. By the early 2000s, the ecomuseum model had been adopted by a sizable number of communities. This was especially the case in France, Italy, and Spain. Cooperation, collaboration, and liaison partnerships are all key functions of the ecomuseum philosophy. From this, it was quite logical and seamless to begin forming networks of ecomuseums and other similar organizations like heritage institutions.

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Vjosa / Aoos Ecomuseum in Greece and Albania

Greece

The Vjosa / Aoos River is the source of inspiration for the Vjosa / Aoos Ecomuseum, located in Greece and Albania. The River is sourced from the Northern Pindos mountains in Greece. The river runs through Greece and Albania and eventually ends into the Adriatic Sea. The river has been integral in shaping the lives of the populations around its basin for centuries. The river forms a transboundary area and that is where the ecomuseum situates itself. 

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Ceumannan – Staffin Ecomuseum in Scotland

Staffin

The Ceumannan – Staffin Ecomuseum is located in the district of Staffin in the Highlands of Scotland on the Isle of Skye, which is the region’s northernmost island. The Trotternish is the northernmost peninsula of the Isle Skye. Staffin is a district on the northeast coast of the Trotternish Peninsula. An Taobh Sear is the Gaelic name for Staffin. The district includes 23 townships. The district retains a strong Gaelic identity with the language still being widely spoken and used. Cuemannan is the Gaelic word for footsteps which is significant for this area as there have been multiple findings of Dinosaur footprints and tracks.

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Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum

Flodden 1513

A particularly interesting ecomuseum is the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum. It is predominantly located along the northeastern border between Scotland and England. This ecomuseum uses the Battle of Flodden on the 9th of September 1513, as its point of departure. During the Battle of Flodden many Scottish and English soldiers and noblemen died, as well as the Scottish King James IV. The ecomuseum is composed of 41 physical sites and the intangible traditions and heritage associated to and stemming from the battle. The physical sites include the battlefield, churches, walls, towers, statues, and grave markings and sites. Reenactments, bag piping tunes, and border ride outs are examples of the intangible traditions and heritage.

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