The definition of the museum through its social role

Karen Elizabeth Brown, Francois Mairesse

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For the seventh time in its history the ICOM [1] Definition of a Museum is under discussion, with a view to possible revision to be agreed at the General Conference in Kyoto in September 2019. As part of this process, ICOFOM initiated an academic debate on the Definition, welcoming museologists, museum professionals and policy makers to a suite of symposia held around the world in 2017. In this article, we consider the results of symposia held in France, Argentina, Brazil, and Scotland in the light of the changing social role of museums, and reveal how the museum has come to perceive itself differently in relation to museum values, participation and social inclusion in Europe and Latin America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-539
JournalCurator: The Museum Journal
Issue number4
Early online date28 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2019
EventDefining the Museum of the 21st Century: International Conference in collaboration with ICOFOM - Upper College Hall, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Nov 201725 Nov 2017


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