45th CONFERENCE 2022

28-31 August 2022, Prague, Czech Republic
Theme: Sustaining our museums in a challenging world

With out first in-person opportunity to meet and work together since our Berlin conference in 2019, this year we are hosted by museum colleagues in Prague. Based in the city’s museums, we look at three key questions; our environmental sustainability in the face of climate change, the relevance of our museums to the changing society around us and what we have learned from the pandemic years.

Accommodation at a discount has been arranged for conference delegates in the Hotel Belvedere in central Prague and close to all the conference venues, i.e. within 10-15 minute walk or 5-minute tram ride. Delegates are encouraged to extend their stay in this beautiful city before or after the conference at discounted rates.

There are currently no Covid or visa restrictions on entering the Czech Republic.


Sunday, 28 August: Postal Museum
16:00-17:30 IATM Board Meeting at Belvedere Hotel

Welcome drink and cold buffet in the Czech Postal Museum

Short introduction to Prague and its transport and postal history.
Speaker TBC

Monday, 29 August: National Technical Museum (NTM)
09:30 Welcome address by NTM
10:00 Session 1: Museums as advocates for environmental sustainability
    Chair and Introduction: Sam Mullins, IATM President
    Thomas Barthelt (Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne)
The House of Energy, the museum of tomorrow
    Peter-Paul de Winter (Dutch Railway Museum, Utrecht)
A sustainable approach to collections review
    Helmut Gold and Katya Weber (Frankfurt Communications Museum)
Planning a new exhibition on communicating climate change
 11:00 Break
    Dr Mark Vogt, Director/CEO, Dresden Transport Museum
Museums as Public Places for Shaping Opinion on the Mobility Transformation

Dresden is establishing the “Forum Mobility Dresden”, a permanent place for discussion with the city’s society. In addition, a thematic special exhibition on the urban Mobility Transformation will shed light on the origins, causes, possibilities and goals of modern urban mobility solutions. In this way, the Museum of Transport wants to create a resonant space where not only technology-savy people, but also technology-averse can meet and inform themselves about backgrounds, exchange views and ask questions.

Museums for Future
Industrial and Mobile Heritage – The Future of Fossil Fuels Report

The Fossil Fuels Report project is a collaboration between European industrial and transport heritage bodies:- ERIH European Route of Industrial Heritage; Europa Nostra – Industrial & Engineering Heritage Committee; Fedecrail – European Federation of Museum & Tourist Railways; FIVA Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciennes (road transport).

This project will raise awareness in key public bodies across Europe of the economic and social value of industrial and mobile heritage and also awareness of the critical importance of continued authorisation and supply of traditional fossil fuels for continued operation of historic industrial sites and transport.

12:30 Lunch
14:00 Session 2: How can our museums stay relevant in a fast-changing world?
    Postal Museum London
Audience diversity and collecting during Covid

London Transport Museum
The benefits of participatory practice

To create an exhibition about the transport staff who were recruited directly from the Caribbean islands in the 1950s, curators worked closely with an advisory group drawn from the London Caribbean communities to better understand the experiences of new recruits arriving in London, as they faced bad weather, poor housing and racism many miles from home but kept the capital city moving.


Elina Holopainen, Head of Collections and Marina Bergström, Head of Exhibitions at the Finnish Railway Museum
Citizen Science at the Finnish Railway Museum

A case study of how museums can promote diversity by encouraging their audiences to participate in collecting and preserving the cultural heritage.

To make volunteering more accessible and more meaningful for the volunteer and to offer better ways to reach and offer participation to people from different backgrounds and from larger geographical area. We also wanted to give opportunities to volunteer virtually using the methods of citizen science and crowdsourcing. The project was open to everyone to participate, but the target group was especially people interested in railways, museum work, heritage preservation and local history. Civic research, virtual platforms and remote connections provided an opportunity to record and participate in the activities of the specialty throughout Finland. 

    Royal Airforce Museum, Western Canada
Community Interface Work
    Czech Museum
Topic TBC
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Guided tours of NTM exhibitions
19:00 Conference dinner on a steamer – cruise and buffet on the Vltava river
Tuesday, 30 August: Museum of Prague Transport
09:30 Welcome address
10:00 Session 3: What have we learned from the Covid-19 years?
    Workshop led by Sam Mullins, IATM President, contributions from IATM Board Members and open to all delegates – discussion to follow
11:00 Break

Members Meeting – led by Sam Mullins, IATM President, and Oliver Götze, Treasurer

What do you want from IATM in the coming years?
What do you as members want from the IATM board?
Annual Conference, webinars, staff exchanges, touring exhibitions, newsletter, website, social, media presence, technical meetings? 

Your chance to discuss and tell us what you want as a member in 2023 and into the future.


IATM General Assembly – led Stephen Quick, IATM Past President

President and Treasurer’s reports
Elections to Board
Programme for 2023

13:00 Lunch
14:00 Museum tour
15:00 Coffee break
17:00 Ride on the historic tram around Prague with English speaking guide
19:00 Dinner in a restaurant in a former tram depot in a beautiful park
Wednesday, 31 August: Excursion to Czech Railway Museum Lužná u Rakovníka

Departure by special heritage train to Lužná u Rakovníka

Snack on the train

10:00 Czech Railway Museum
13:00 Lunch in the garden
15:30 Departure by special train back to Prague

Conference rates

includes all evening events and transport

IATM member  
Participant EUR 300
Accompanying person EUR 220

non IATM member  
Participant EUR 380
Accompanying person EUR 220

Day rate for Czech delegates  
Sunday 700CZK
Monday 3350CZK
Tuesday 1700CZK
Wednesday 1450CZK

We have arranged discounted rates (Promo Code: MUSEUM) at the Hotel Belvedere, Milady Horakove 19, in central Prague, close to all three conference venues. Delegates should book their own rooms and the discount is available whatever your length of stay by emailing direct to the manager, Mrs. Chmelová – chmelova@hhotels.cz


Single room: 68€/night incl. breakfast

Double room: 72€/night incl. breakfast

Triple room: 92€/night incl. breakfast

Cancellation of registration must be made in writing before 14th August 2022. No fees will be refunded after this date. A processing fee of EUR 30 will be deducted from all refunds. Cancellations made before 28th July 2022, refund of 100% of the registration fee minus bank charges and processing fee; cancellations made 29 July – 14 August, refund 50% of the registration fee minus bank charges and processing fee.