Leadership in Museums
Are our core Values Shifting?
Dublin, Ireland, October 16 - 19, 2002
Museums today face many pressures for change, not least the pressure to popularize themselves. Are these pressures forcing museums to change their core purposes and values? The INTERCOM conference looked at this critical area and in particular at the role that leadership and management have to play in balancing apparently conflicting demands. Key questions about the role of museum governors and indeed whether traditional scholarship and research can continue alongside new populist programmes and exhibitions were addressed by the principal speakers.
Within the overall theme, "Leadership in Museums: Are our Core Values Shifting?" there were three core sessions, addressing aspects of this topic; -
- Defining Museum Core Values in the 21st Century: Leadership in Action
- Competing Values: who decides, the role of governance
- Scholarship and Populism: can they co-exist?
The conference was organized and chaired by Aidan Walsh of Ireland, a member of the INTERCOM Board. We would like to express our gratitude to the Heritage Council of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland, as well as the Irish Museums Association and our many Irish colleagues who gave INTERCOM members from around the world such a warm welcome.