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.
|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
|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
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.
|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
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
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
|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|
|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|
Members Meeting – led by Sam Mullins, IATM President, and Oliver Götze, Treasurer
What do you want from IATM in the coming years?
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
|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|
includes all evening events and transport
|Accompanying person||EUR 220|
|non IATM member|
|Accompanying person||EUR 220|
|Day rate for Czech delegates|
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.