RE-ORG Croatia

November 9, 2017

Re-org CroatiaOn 6 November the Director of the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb, Dr Goranka Horjan, welcomed 26 museum professionals for a two-week RE-ORG workshop in the National Museum’s storage areas. The participants, 21 from Croatian museums and 5 from Slovenian museums, are reorganizing 24 storage rooms of the National Museum over ten working days.

After agreeing on a common objective, the participants identified three main steps: creating a temporary localization system, freeing the storage corridors and furniture from non-collection objects, and regrouping collections dispersed in various rooms or on different floors. To achieve their goals, the participants are being followed by a teaching team involving RE-ORG mentors from Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia.

This activity follows the July launch of the Croatian National RE-ORG Project, a three-day “Training of Trainers” workshop given to five Croatian professionals. On this occasion, Gaël de Guichen gave a public lecture on the RE-ORG programme attended by 76 colleagues including representatives from the Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb. Continue reading…


RE-ORG Nigeria: project implementation across the country

September 26, 2017

RE-ORG Nigeria: project implementation across the countryThe first RE-ORG workshop ever held in Africa took place at the Jos National Museum, Nigeria in May 2017. After its conclusion, participants from 12 museums from every corner of Nigeria went back to their institutions to revise and implement their reorganization plans, using the RE-ORG methodology to tackle problems of overcrowding of objects and poor storage conditions.

By the end of August 2017, all 12 museums had submitted their own “Home Projects.” These were eligible for grants up to $1,500 to provide equipment and material to leverage their modest institutional resources and to complement the knowledge, skills and innovating spirit of their staff. The Re-Org Nigeria project teams include personnel from the documentation, curatorial and administrative areas, along with electricians, carpenters, and security guards. Continue reading…


RE-ORG Nigeria in action at the Jos Museum

May 30, 2017

RE-ORG Nigeria in action at the Jos MuseumOne day after an impressive celebration of the International Museum Day, Nigerian professionals from ten national and two university museums convened in Jos to participate in a two-week  RE-ORG workshop at the Jos Museum. This activity is the core element of the RE-ORG Nigeria programme, a joint initiative of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, the Ahmadu Bello University and ICCROM, generously funded by the Ambassador’s Funds for Cultural Preservation. Continue reading…


RE-ORG in Chile, 2018!

April 5, 2017

RE-ORG in Chile in 2018On 13 March, more than 200 Chilean heritage professionals attended a public lecture given by Gaël de Guichen on Los depósitos: lugar prioritario para animar los museos  (Storage – a priority location to enliven museums) at the Centro Nacional de Conservación y Restauración (CNCR) in Santiago, Chile. This event marked the launch of the Chilean national RE-ORG strategy, which will be fully implemented over 2017-2019. RE-ORG Chile is an initiative of Direction of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DIBAM) and CNCR.

From 13-17 March, seven conservators from CNCR and three collection managers from DIBAM participated in the RE-ORG mentor training workshop.  They learned the essentials of the RE-ORG method, along with communication and team-building skills. The workshop took place at the Museo de la Educación Gabriela Mistral where 2247 objects from the collection (including paintings, busts, didactic instruments, equipment and school furniture from the 1900s) were reorganized in three storage areas. The practical emphasis of the RE-ORG method boosts team confidence and strengthens organizational skills. The next project phase includes selecting the museums to participate in the national workshop and preparing the workshop programme and the mentoring strategy. Continue reading…


Agreement signed between ICCROM and SUPSI

March 13, 2017

A recommendation on collections in storage

On 31 January 2017, ICCROM’s Director-General, Stefano De Caro, signed an agreement with the Swiss university programme SUPSI (Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, or University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland). Signing the agreement on behalf of SUPSI were its Chairman of the Board, Alberto Petruzzella, and the Director of SUPSI, Franco Gervasoni.

The agreement has the specific goal of forging a partnership between ICCROM and SUPSI, aimed at making use of each other’s expertise and facilities for conducting educational activities and research, not only in the field of conservation and restoration, but also for preventive conservation and techniques for managing museum collections. Continue reading…


RE-ORG Nigeria is launched with US support

February 16, 2017

RE-ORG Nigeria is launched with US supportThe US Ambassador to Nigeria, W Stuart Symington, has awarded a grant of $116,000 to launch RE-ORG Nigeria in a partnership between ICCROM, the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments and Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation grant was for one of 39 projects selected from 136 submissions from around the world. It is one of six projects selected from Africa.

The RE-ORG method helps museums around the world to regain control of their collections in storage, where it is difficult or impossible to circulate in 25% of cases. Since 2011, the method has been used in museums on every continent, in close partnership with national institutions and other technical and funding partners. Continue reading…


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.


Objects in museum storage in more danger than you think

October 25, 2016

A recommendation on collections in storage
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For over 80 years, museum professionals have been raising concerns about the conditions of their collections in storage. More than 55 000 museums exist in the world, and typically 90% of their objects are in storage rooms. This concern is becoming increasingly acute: collections inevitably grow, while financial resources continue to dwindle.  Given this situation, how can museums ensure that their treasures in storage are adequately looked after and accessible? Continue reading…