Once upon a time, long before the digital era took over our lives, museums were the centre of attraction for the masses, especially children. In 1977, the ICOM (International Council of Museums) created the International Museum Day (IMD).
In an attempt to revitalize museums and get people to enjoy history through their unique experience, the world has since celebrated IMD on May 18 every year. Over 145 countries participate each year and India is one of them.
And this year it’s based on the theme: “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”. By conserving their unique mission to save, conserve, communicate & research -museums have played a remarkable functionality within the community.
International Museum Day is observed to raise awareness among the people about the museums and their role in the development of our society. Knowingly or unknowingly they act as our cultural hub and as an interactive platform where imagination can combine with knowledge.
In 1977, the International Museum Day was created by the International Council of Museums. ICOM Advisory Committee organizes a theme for this event every year and it’s celebrated accordingly by various countries. And this event may last a day, a week or even a month. Based on the certain themes like globalization, indigenous peoples, cultural exchange, environment etc. they organize various activities for the development and cooperation among people.
Every year on May 18, based on the theme all the museums of the world organizes some events to promote their roles in the world. In 2018, International Museum Day attracted the participation of 37,000 museums hosting events in more than 158 countries.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUM (ICOM)
It is the main organization of museum professionals with global scope to promote and protect the natural and cultural heritage of the society. With a commitment to the promotion of culture and knowledge, it also fights against illicit trafficking, assisting museums in emergency situations etc.
ICOM is supported by 31 International Committees who are dedicated to a wide range of museum specialities. They have done advanced research in their respective fields for the benefits of the museum community.
ROLE OF MUSEUMS
The role of museums in today’s world is changing. In a quest for becoming more interactive & audience focused they keep reinventing themselves and have become the cultural hubs for the society where visitors can also co-create, share and interact.
As an institution at the heart of society, museums are finding new ways to honour their collections, histories and legacies. Recreating their traditions museums are finding new meaning for future generations and diverse audience at a global level.
Several organizations join hands and arrange a sort of museum walks, talks, workshops, film screenings and other activities lined up with prominent museums in the cities. It also encourages people to share their own experiences by sharing their museum stories.
Museum day is a great way for children to understand the past as something that has really happened; for them to take history out of textbooks and put themselves in the shoes of those who have lived before us.