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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2019 theme

Museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition

This year's theme celebrates the complex link between future and tradition. At once a focal point for the community and an integral part of a global network, museums offer a platform for translating local communities’ needs and views into a global context.

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University student essay competition

As part of International Museum Day, ICOM Australia runs an annual university student essay competition. Previous winners are listed below.

2019 competition

For 2019, students studying tertiary degrees in museum studies, cultural heritage and related disciplines are invited to write a 2000-word essay on the International Museum Day topic Museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition.

Essays should address the question: 'How can museums function as cultural hubs in a changing social landscape?' Answers should draw on the work of scholars and commentators.  Where possible, case studies and examples should be used to illustrate the concept, but original views and suggestions are also encouraged.

Judging

A panel of judges from the Executive Board of ICOM Australia will select the best essay, which will be posted on the ICOM Australia web site.

Prize

The winning student will also receive a one-year student membership of ICOM and a book voucher.

Submission

Students need to contact their course coordinator about participating. Essays should be submitted to ICOM Australia through tertiary course coordinators. Coordinators should submit essays via email to: info@icom.org.au

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2019.

Information for course coordinators

The essay can be offered as an assignment, or individual students can write extra-curricular essays, submitted to their museum studies, cultural heritage and related disciplines course coordinators. Coordinators should select the best three for submission to ICOM Australia. The final date for submission is 1 May 2019.

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Previous winners

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