The Fram goes green as it hosts Tom Crean!


“The Fram”, the original Norwegian polar exploration ship, which was used by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team to become the first explorers to reach the South Pole, will turn green in Oslo on St Patrick’s Day as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening. This sees a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world illuminated in green for St Patrick’s Day.

Like Norway, Ireland is one of only a small number of countries around the globe which can boast of having had a member of the polar expeditions during the heroic age of polar exploration. To highlight this link, the Irish Embassy in Oslo is hosting its St Patrick’s Day reception on the deck of the ship. Aidan Dooley has been invited to perform excerpts of his acclaimed play Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer at the reception.  Amundsen is a very revered figure in Norway and the Embassy is hopeful that the highlighting of the link between his efforts and those of Crean will help to reinforce the strong links between Norway and Ireland.

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Loans Forum for the Irish Museum Sector

04 March 2015

National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street Entrance, Dublin 2

Kerry County Museum will participate in this forum which has been organised by the Heritage Council, under the auspices of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland, with the support of the National Gallery of Ireland. The forum is an opportunity to discuss the facilitation of loans between Irish National Cultural Institutions and the Irish museum sector. It originates from a suggestion from the National Gallery of Ireland that it might be useful to organise a day where the sector could come together to discuss this topic.

Elaine Sansom, MSPI Assessor and museum consultant, will speak on how participation in the Museum Standards Programme has improved collections management standards in Ireland.  She will also present findings on two reports commissioned by the UK’s Museums Association on the attitudes and barriers to lending in the UK.  It is also anticipated that a representative from the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will speak about its Collections Mobility Grants Scheme.

The rest of the programme will include a series of short presentations from the museum sector and National Cultural Institutions culminating in a lengthy roundtable discussion chaired by Pat Cooke, Director of the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, UCD.  The aim of the day is to increase understanding and agree points towards improving the mobility of collections in Ireland.

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Irish Museums Association Conference

2015 Annual Conference – Museums in Society: Navigating Public Policy

Friday 27 February – Sunday 1 March 2015

Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast 

The IMA organises a themed Annual Conference in spring each year, offering an opportunity for members of the Irish museums community to meet, network and discuss issues of relevance for the Irish museum sector.

The Annual Conference will examine how museums respond to, and negotiate, policy directions. It will focus in particular on museums’ role in relation to social inclusion, education, economic regeneration, and tourism agendas.

Invited speakers and conference participants will share their experiences and expertise on the interdependent relationship between government bodies and museums: the ‘mirror and lamp’ effect whereby public policies both reflect and guide the functions and missions of the museum and vice versa. The conference will examine how museums can better position themselves to reflect changes within society and in government policies, while at the same time performing their historical roles of custodianship, presentation and scholarship. How should museums approach the difficult task of fulfilling these multiple, and sometimes competing, functions?

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