International Museum Day

The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of museums as an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. It is marked annually on or around 18 May.

It was established by ICOM internationally in 1977 and each year has a different theme.

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2021 theme

The future of museums: recover and reimagine

With the theme The future of museums: recover and reimagine, International Museum Day 2021 invites museums, their professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of (co-)creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.
 

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University student essay competition

As part of International Museum Day, ICOM Australia runs an annual university student essay competition. The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of museums as an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. The day is organised on and around 18 May each year.

Previous winners are listed below.

 


Previous winners

 

2020 competition

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic there was no award in 2020.

 

2019 university student essay competition

There was no winner for 2019.


Winner 2018 university student essay competition

Perri Sparnon won the 2018 ICOM Australia International Museum Day essay competition for her essay entitled Hyperconnected museums: new approaches, new publics. Perri was a student at The University of Melbourne, studying a Master of Cultural Materials Conservation.

The views expressed in the essay are those of the author. Publication of the essay does not indicate an endorsement of those views by ICOM Australia.

2018 winning essay by Perri Sparnon (306kB)

 

Image courtesy of Robert Swieca: ICOM Australia 2018 IMD student essay prize winner Perri Sparnon

Perri Sparnon receiving her prize at the Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Conference dinner 6 June 2018 at Melbourne Museum



Winner 2017 university student essay competition

The winner of the 2017 competition was Justin William Croft of Deakin University’s Masters of Cultural Heritage program in the subject area of Museums, Heritage and Society.  The topic for 2017 was Museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums.

The views expressed in the essay are those of the author. Publication of the essay does not indicate an endorsement of those views by ICOM Australia.

2017 winning essay by Justin William Croft  (270kB)

 

 

ICOM Australia Awards Copyright Roger Garland