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Dirk Houtgraaf has joined the EMA Board.

Dirk Houtgraaf has joined the EMA Board. - European Museum Academy

We are pleased to announce that Dirk Houtgraaf has joined the EMA Board. Dirk worked many years as leader of the exhibit development team of the new Naturalis museum, together with general director Wim van der Weiden. He became later on director of Public Services, Vice-president and an interim President. He worked too for the public libraries, the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency and (still) as an examiner in a strategic management educational institute. He is a biologist and strategic marketeer by training, and nowadays focused on (IT) information strategies and on positioning and branding in not-profit organizations.He is author and co-author on books as “Businessmodellen” (Dutch) and “Mastering a Museum Plan: Strategies for Exhibit Development” (English).

8 November 2016: The EMA Prize goes to POLIN, Warsaw

On Occasion of the Europeana Network General Assembly , a delegation of the European Museum Academy will give to POLIN the EMA Prize. The trophy will be handed by Jil Cousins EUROPEANA General Director, Europeana was the winner of the EMA Prize in 2013.

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Newsletter March 2016

NEWSLETTER 6: March 2016

EMA publishes details of its current activities in an occasional Newsletter.

Its Press Releases will continue to focus on individual announcements and events.


Friday, 20 November 2015

National Museum of Romanian Peasant, Bucharest


Totalitarian regimes heritage and European narratives. 

Experiences and ideas on the role of museums.

After the first cycle of Kenneth Hudson Seminars focused on digital interpretation and communication in museums, EMA has developed together with three other permanent partners (The Micheletti Foundation – Italy; The Forum of Slavic Cultures – Slovenia; The “Reteaua Nationala a Muzeelor” – Romania) the program of a new cycle, dealing with the heritage of totalitarian regimes.

Totalitarianism is part of the history of contemporary Europe. The birth of Fascism, Nazism and Communism marked the first half of the XX Century and the heritage of contemporary Europe.  The end of the Second World War can be assumed as the end of one historical cycle and the opening of a new one, which in symbolic terms started with the famous speech by Winston Churchill in 1946: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."

Our point of view is to examine the traces of this period in European cultural heritage (in museum collections and archives as well as architecture, especially monuments) and to discuss the possible use of such materials for the growing of historic awareness about this period in European civil society.

The general objective - to interconnect people from European civil society and museums, archives, NGOs, together with their experiences, practices and collections, for a better understanding of our Cold War cultural heritage.

As usual, the Seminar will gather around a table for one day from 10 to 15 experts of different background in terms of nationality, profession and age group, for a full immersion and open discussion stimulated by some key note speeches and visual materials.

Participation is free and by invitation. The working language will be English.


2015 Heritage in Motion winners

2015 Heritage in Motion  winners - European Museum Academy

2015 Heritage in Motion  winners  announced in Brescia during the 2015 EMA Days, winners and details availables at:


Heritage in Motion was founded two years ago by EMA and Europa Nostra and it is now actively cooperating with Europeana.

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Queen Fabiola, a great friend of EMA, past away

Queen Fabiola of Belgians, 1928-2014


The future Queen Fabiola of Belgium was born in Madrid on 11 June1928, as Doña Fabiola de Mora y Aragón, the third daughter of a family of seven siblings. She trained as a nurse and worked in a Madrid hospital. Fabiola married King Baudouin of Belgium on 15 December1960, and quickly won over her new fellow citizens, including the Flemish majority of the nation. The King and Queen proved a popular couple, noted for their quiet dedication to Belgium and the Belgian people. Queen Fabiola’s whole life from then on was devoted to others, particularly those in need.  She had more than curiosity for people - and peoples: she had a passion for human beings everywhere. Queen Fabiola accepted the patronage of the European Museum Forum after attending the annual meeting in Barcelona in 1996, and immediately delighted the jury members with her involvement, enthusiasm and, above all, care for everyone.  She knew each of us and what we were doing, regularly enquiring about our plans. When the European Museum Academy was formed in 2009 not only she continued to keep herself informed of our activities but encouraged very much our new initiative. Those of us who had the privilege to meet her regularly knew that we were in the presence of a very special lady, and we mourn her passing.


The EMA webradio: an experiment

The EMA webradio: an experiment - European Museum Academy

We are studying  the possibility to activate an EMA webradio, to listen our first tests , please copy and paste on your browser this link:






We are very pleased to welcome the following colleagues to our organisation:

Pool of Experts

Jill Cousins, Executive Director, The Europeana Foundation, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Paolo Galluzzi, Director, Museo Galileo, Firenze, Italy


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