Out of storage with the Geneva Ethnographic Museum

February 10, 2017

Re-Org and Geneva Ethnographic Museum
© Johnathan Watts du MEG

At the request of the Geneva Ethnographic Museum (MEG), Gaël de Guichen and Marjolijn Debulpaep of the Royal Institute of Artistic Heritage (KIK-IRPA), Brussels, Belgium, carried out a RE-ORG workshop in 1 – 2 Febrary 2016.

The collection, which is one of the largest in Switzerland with more than 70,000 items, will be transferred in 2018 to a shared storage facility.

It is a huge task but also a real opportunity to improve the collection’s use and access potential, while also ensuring long-term preservation. In order to prepare for the move, the collaborators of the collections unit adopted the RE-ORG method developed by ICCROM and UNESCO.

The method has been used successfully to date in more than ten countries on five continents. The MEG thus joins a strong professional community with the skills and experience to rediscover collections in storage, care for them and ensure their accessibility.

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