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EMF Annual Assembly and EMYA 2015 Ceremony Registration Open


We are delighted to invite you to the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) event which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th May 2015. For the past 38 years EMYA has stood for public quality, creativity and innovation in the museum field. It gathers together small, medium and large museums with one thing in common – outstanding excellence!

More than 200 participants come together every year from across all of Europe. They meet to discuss points of view, themes and issues that affect museums. This year, forty two candidates from 21 countries are in the competition for the prestigious annual awards and the title of European Museum of the Year. Using inspiring stories, dramatic buildings and innovative solutions to make their collections shine and engage with diverse audiences, these museums and galleries represent a wide range of collections and approaches to interpretation and visitor service.

The event offers workshops, panels, interviews with candidates and a range of social gatherings in which to meet colleagues informally. On the Pre-Conference Day (13/5/15) at Glasgow’s eCult Dialogue Day, a workshop titled Museums: Responding to the digital world will take place. A range of speakers will focus on how museums can foster a culture of digital integration across departments within their wider organizations and explore what ‘digital’ means for museums. Presentations will discuss: creating and implementing a digital strategy that works, effectively managing the challenges and opportunities of social media, roles and staffing and how to build support and develop skills using technology in museums.

The Festival of Museums in Scotland will create an additional spark during EMYA 2015.

Your host for EMYA 2015 is Glasgow Life, which manages Glasgow Museums and during the course of 4 days, historic sights and museums of the city will open their doors to EMYA participants. Visits to award winning museums, containing one of the finest civic collections in Europe, will feature as optional tours on the itinerary, including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the People’s Palace, the Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC) and of course Riverside Museum, winner of the European Museum of the Year award 2013.

Our host city Glasgow is offering not only wonderful museums, but an internationally recognized creative spirit. As Scotland's largest city, Glasgow is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people.

The main programme for EMYA 2015 will take place at the stunning Mitchell Library in central Glasgow, one of Europe’s largest public reference libraries, the hub of the city’s information service.

Save the date! Make sure you’re at EMYA 2015 - the museum event that matters.

Goranka Horjan
Chair of the European Museum Forum, Trust of EMYA

Registration now open : www.glasgowlife.org.uk


Event/EMF travel grants programme

Event/EMF travel grants programme for travel to Glasgow has been launched!

European Museum Forum (EMF) is happy to announce that a travel grants programme for those attending the 2015 EMF Assembly and European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) Ceremony, to be held in Glasgow, United Kingdom, on 13–16 May 2015, is now open for applications.

The programme has been initiated and supported by Event Communications Ltd. (Event), a British museum and attraction design company. Both Event and EMF have contributed to the grant fund. The programme is operated by EMF.

6 travel grants of €500 each will be awarded to individuals for travel to Glasgow.

The grants will be awarded by a Selection Committee that includes representatives of Event, EMF Board of Trustees and EMYA Judging Panel.

Individuals belonging to one of the following categories are eligible for the Event/EMF travel grants:

(1) Representatives of museums nominated for EMYA 2015 (NMs): see the list of Nominated Museums at http://www.europeanmuseumforum.info/emya/emya-2015.html

(2) EMF National Correspondents (NCs): see the list of EMF National Correspondents at http://www.europeanmuseumforum.info/emf/national-correspondents.html

Applicants are expected to send an informal letter of application addressed to the Event/EMF travel grants programme Selection Committee (see guidelines below). The letter should not exceed one printed page and should include a photograph of yourself. Please provide us with your motivation for applying and/or describe what the bursary would mean to you.  It should be sent as an email attachment to Matthew Guichard, EMF Administrator, at emf@icom.museum

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2015. The travel grant winners will be announced by 1 May 2015.

The travel grants are not accountable: it is up to a grantee whether the money is spent for travel, accommodation or participation fee. No financial report is required. However, a winner of the travel grant shall attend the Assembly and Ceremony in Glasgow for the whole time of the duration of these events. In the case of no-show, the grant shall be returned to EMF by the grantee and given over to the next person on the list.

While in Glasgow, the winners of Event/EMF travel grants are invited to have a drink with representatives of Event Communications, EMF Board of Trustees and EMYA Judging Panel the evening before the main conference begins (13th May). Please inform us in advance if you don’t feel comfortable in English.

The winners of Event/EMF travel grants will be requested to complete a short survey after the event in Glasgow, describing what they got out of attending EMYA.

Guidelines for applicants:

In the letter of application, please include a photograph of you, indicate to which group of eligible candidates you belong (NM representative or NC), your institutional affiliation and position, explaining why the institution cannot cover your expenses for the trip to Glasgow.

If you are an NM representative, please mention your role in the project and whether you are going to participate, personally, in the interview sessions held during the EMF Assembly. Are other representatives of your museum attending the Glasgow event?

If you are an EMF NC, please describe, briefly, your activities as an NC, especially during the EMYA 2015 cycle. Have any museums from your country been nominated for the award? Have you provided any assistance to them during the application process or during the Judges’ visit to these museums?

Please provide us with your motivation for applying and/or describe what the bursary would mean to you, along with any other information you deem relevant.

For questions and additional information please write to Matthew Guichard, EMF Administrator, at emf@icom.museum

EMYA 2015 - Glasgow, Scotland

Ms. Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive from Glasgow Life, and Ms. Goranka Horjan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the European Museum Forum in Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow

On Monday 26th January 2015 the agreement to host the annual European Museum of the Year Award was signed between Ms. Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive from Glasgow Life, and Ms. Goranka Horjan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the European Museum Forum in Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow.  The event will include several cultural institutions in the city who are preparing interesting programmes for the participants. Goranka Horjan and Benedetta Tijana, EMF Trustee, held several meetings  with the team led by Lawrence Fitzgerald, Riverside Museum Manager, in order to make necessary preparations.

Interviews, eCult workshop and panels will be hosted by the Mitchell Library, while the side events will occur at GOMA, the Burrell Collection, People’s Palace and Kelvingrove. The final EMYA 2015 ceremony will be organized in the Riverside Museum, the winner of the EMYA in 2013.

EMYA 2015 is the event that matters and the place to be in May. The call for the registration of the participants is going out on Monday 2nd February 2015 and do not miss the early-bird registration.

The MUCEM wins the 2015 Council of Europe Museum Prize

The MUCEM wins the 2015 Council of Europe Museum Prize

The Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2015 has been awarded to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MUCEM) in Marseille, France.

The museum was selected for the prize from a shortlist of three candidates by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The museum displayed “a new and innovative concept, in a breathtaking site with outstanding architecture, which perfectly fulfils all the criteria of the Council of Europe Museum Prize,” said PACE’s rapporteur on the prize Vesna Marjanovic (Serbia, SOC).

MUCEM explores the Mediterranean as the birthplace of civilisations and a crossroads of both European and Arab cultures. Ms Marjanovic particularly praised the museum’s role as a “contemporary Agora”, attracting a wide public with an impressive programme of educational visits, debates with artists and writers, seminars, festivals and concerts.

The prize is decided on the basis of a shortlist presented by a jury of the European Museum Forum, and forms part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.

MUCEM website

EMYA 2015 Nominees



The European Museum Forum is delighted to reveal the 42 nominees for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015. The judging panel received applications from 21 member countries of the Council of Europe.




European Museum of the Year 2015 Award – Nominations

Alpinarium Galtür Documentation GmbH, Galtür, Austria

Vorarlberg museum , Vorarlberg, Austria

Maiden Tower, Baku, Azerbaijan

Museum on the Yser, Diksmuide, Belgium

Red Star Line Museum, Antwerpen, Belgium

Faust Vrančić Memorial Centre, Prvić Luka, Croatia

Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør, Denmark

Forssa Museum, Forssa, Finland

The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia , Espoo, Finland

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Marseille, France

MuPop, Montluçon, France

The Familistère at Guise, Guise, France

"Wind Force 10" Shipwreck and Fisheries Museum, Cuxhaven, Germany

LIMESEUM at Ruffenhofen Roman Park, Wittelshofen, Germany

Kaufbeuren Museum of Local History , Kaufbeuren, Germany

State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, Munich, Germany

Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing, Berlin, Germany

Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, Greece

MUSE – Science Museum, Trento, Italy

The Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway

National Maritime Museum, Gdansk, Poland

Perm Regional Museum: Museum of Permian Antiquities, Perm, Russia

Federal State-Financed Institution of Culture The State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia

Center for Culture "Vuk Karadzic", Cultural institution of national importance, Trsic, Loznica, Serbia

National Museum in Zrenjanin, Zrenjanin, Serbia

Ene.térmica , LEÓN, Spain

VINSEUM, Museum of the Wine Cultures of Catalonia, Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain

Naval Museum, Karlskrona, Sweden

Sasso San Gottardo, Airolo, Switzerland

Swiss National Museum – Château de Prangins, Prangins, Switzerland

Watch Museum – Joux Valley, Le Sentier, Switzerland

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland

National Archives of the Netherlands , The Hague, Netherlands

Portuguese Synagogue and Ets Haim- Livraria Montezinos, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Dutch Resistance Museum , Amsterdam, Netherlands

Aydın Archaeology Museum, Aydin, Turkey

Pavlo Tychyna Literary Memorial Museum-Apartment, Kiev, Ukraine

National Football Museum, Manchester, United Kingdom

Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Titanic Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom

EMYA 2015 Judging Panel Meeting in Paris

The Judging Panel of the European Museum Forum held its meeting on 21-22 November at ICOM Secretariat Office in Paris to determine the nominations for the European Museum of the Year Award 2015 (EMYA).

The winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony traditionally closing the Annual Assembly of the European Museum Forum which will take place on 13-16 May 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.