International Museum Conference: Museums as Shapers of Community Identity

Museum and Library Developments for Everyone
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Organised by Hungarian Open Air Museum, Museum Education and Methodology Centre

Date: May 14, 2018. 09:30-17:00

Location: Hungarian Open Air Museum, Conference Room,

2000, Szentendre, Sztaravodai út

‘Museums as Shapers of Community Identity’ will be the second international museum conference organised by the Hungarian Open Air Museum – Museum Education and Methodology Centre. The invited lecturers of the conference come from museums that, according to their mission, establish, shape or reinforce the identity of a given community by collecting, preserving and presenting its historical and cultural heritage. Following the plenary session, with the participation of the invited speakers, workshops will be held on the various ways the museums can and should shape their respective community’s identity.

We count on museum educators, museologists, curators, museum PR and communication professionals, museum directors, academic professors and students who are interested in international and Hungarian practices of museums in shaping the identity of their community. The conference will provide an opportunity for the participants to enrich their knowledge with good examples and good practices from the field of museum education, permanent and temporary exhibition curating, and to learn more about the application of digital museum collections in the field of public education.


Participation at the conference is free but registration is required.

Please indicate your intention to participate by filling out this registration form!

Registration deadline: May 7, 2018, 4:00 PM

The conference will be held in English and Hungarian. We provide simultaneous translation in all programs.


09:30 AM - 10:00 AM REGISTRATION

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Opening speech

Dr. Ibolya Bereczki, deputy director, Hungarian Open Air Museum

10:20 AM - 10:40 AM Magdolna Nagy, acting director, Hungarian Open Air Museum - Museum Education and Methodology Centre

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM Ewa Goodman, Head of Education and Outreach Department House of European History, Brussels

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM Questions and Answers

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM COFFEE BREAK

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM Eva Dittingerová, Head of Education Museum of Romani Culture, Brno

12:25 PM - 12:45 PM Questions and Answers

12:50 PM - 01:10 PM Katy Ashton, director, People’s History Museum, Manchester

01:15 PM - 01:35 PM Questions and Answers

01:35 PM - 02:30 PM LUNCH BREAK

02:30 PM - 02:50 PM dr. Miklós Cseri, director general, Hungarian Open Air Museum, Szentendre

02:55 PM - 03:15 PM Question and Answers

03:20 PM - 04:20 PM WORKSHOPS (I.-III.)

  • I. Romani culture and museum education

location: Conference hall

moderator: Anna Czékmány, Head of Education, Petőfi Literary Museum

  • II. Museum collections and community identity

location: Board room – first floor

moderator: Márton Pacsiak, Hungarian Open Air Museum

Museum Education and Methodology Centre

  • III. Museum education and identity building

location: Board room – ground floor

moderator: Márta Bokonics-Kramlik, Hungarian Open Air Museum

04:25 PM - 04:40 PM Workshop Presentations

04:45 PM - 05:00 PM Closing remarks
Miklós Székely PhD, Hungarian Academy of Science

We reserve the right to change the program.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organizer, Márton Pacsika at | +36 30 322 8946

Ewa Goodman Head of Education and Outreach House of European History, Brussels, Belgium

Ewa Goodman holds a Masters in History and Museology from the University of Gdansk in Poland. She has worked in the museum sector for more than 15 years at various museums in Europe and in the USA, such as the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk, Boston Children’s Museum and most recently the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston, MA. Ewa Goodman works as a Head of Education and Outreach at the House of European History in Brussels, Belgium. In her current role, Ewa is responsible for leading the multilingual and multicultural team of museum educators and overseeing all aspects of the educational programme of the House of European History offered in 24 languages. Ewa is also responsible for outreach initiatives and dissemination of the educational offerings of the House of European History at both, the local and European level. Ewa is an active and contributing member of professional networks and museum associations such as ICOM Europe, ICOM CECA and The American Alliance of Museums.

Eva Dittingerová, Head of Education, Museum of Romani Culture

The Education Department of the Museum of Romani Culture acquaints visitors with the Romani culture, traditions and history by way of educational programmes and workshops. Educational programmes use Museum exhibits, documents, audio and video recordings and memories of eye-witnesses. We place emphasis on interactive working methods, we entertain elements of drama education, support development of creative thinking and give space for authentic discovery of information and its processing.

Since 2005 we perform activities promoting the success of socially disadvantaged children at school. Individual and group tutoring focuses on improving the results of children at school and in particular their motivation for further education. Tutoring is closely linked with leisure activities which represent strong motivation and reward for children who regularly attend the tutoring.


Katy Ashton, Head of People’s History Museum, Manchester

People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy. We aim to engage, inspire and inform diverse audiences by showing ‘There have always been ideas worth fighting for’.