ERIC Number: ED340616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Nature Museums: Tools for Learning about, Promoting, and Protecting the Natural Heritage of Europe. Proceedings of the Seminar Organised by the Council of Europe in Collaboration with The International Council of Museums (Strasbourg, September 27-29, 1989). Environmental Encounters Series, No. 9.
Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France).
The history of museology over the last century suggests that, in general, the founding of a new natural history museum is rarely the result of planning within the cultural policy field, a situation contrary to what occurs in the history of art museums. This lack of planning with respect to natural history museums has several causes, particularly in Europe, including: a narrow cultural view of science; a lack of importance being attached to the role of these museums in promoting environmental awareness and proper land-use; and lack of capital investment since natural history museums are most often not tourist attractions. Reported here are the activities surrounding the Seminar on Natural Museums in Strasbourg during September, 1989. The main theme of this seminar was spotlighting the current museological revolution in terms of public accessibility, of techniques to stimulate and connect community action, of the recognition of an expanding social role, about new career opportunities, and about the creation of partnerships with environmental management agencies. Included in this document are: (1) an introduction detailing the rationale and purpose of the seminar; and (2) a summary of the speaker presentations and group discussions outlined by preamble and major themes, sub-themes and discussions, and proposals for follow-up activities including the conclusions and final declarations. Appendices, which make up the bulk of the document, include: a list of seminar participants with contact information; the official seminar program; the draft of recommendations to member common market states on the role of museums in environmental education, information, and training; texts of speeches, presentations, and reports; and photocopies of several reviews from the print media in Europe. (JJK)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Europe, Strasbourg (France).