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• Seminar

Heritage and Museums

> For English-speaking professionals from the Near and Middle East, Asia and Australia

From Monday, October 1
to Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Application deadline : Friday June 8, 2012


This new seminar is offered by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Legal and International Affairs Department) within the framework of its educational programs implemented by the Maison des Cultures du Monde.

It will bring together in Paris and in another city/region of France some twenty experienced professionals from the museum and heritage sectors. The goal of this seminar is to familiarize them with the French context and to allow them to develop networks with professionals from the Near and Middle East, Asia and Australia. They can thus share their knowledge, practices and projects on questions of museology, museography and heritage (management of sites).

The seminar will be held in French with English translation.

Participants : exclusively high-level English-speaking professionals from the Near and Middle East, Asia and Australia in charge of:
• The elaboration and steering of cultural policies (heritage and museums)
• Carrying out heritage and/or museum projects
• The management of establishments (museums, heritage sites, historical monuments, etc.)


This seminar will cover the following topics in the form of presentations, round tables, professional meetings and visits:
• Policies regarding heritage and museums in France
• Governance of a museum: What is a museum today? What functions should a museum develop?
• Management and enhancement of heritage sites
• Audience policies and interpretation: How to attract new audiences?
• Current trends in museography and the enhancement of heritage

This program will include the participation of acknowledged leaders in the heritage and museum sectors: Ministry of Culture and Communications (and the linked public establishments), territorial authorities (Regions, urban areas), public (National government or territorial authorities) and private museums, historical monuments, registered heritage sites.

Costs covered the programme are the following:
• Educational program costs
• Living expenses (accommodations and per diem)
• Travel within France for the needs of the program
• Insurance
NB: The international transportation ticket is not covered and must be paid for by the applicant, his establishment, the Embassy of France or another body.

Application procedure

Once it has been completed, this application must be sent to the French Embassy's Cooperation and Cultural Action Department or to the French Institute of the country of residence of the applicant which will approve it and send it to the Maison des Cultures du Monde by Friday, June 8, 2012 at the latest, after issuing a justified opinion regarding the application.

A copy of the application must also be sent to the Ministry of Culture and Communication at the following email address: courantsdumonde.sdaei@culture.gouv.fr

This seminar, which is experimental in nature, will be open to about twenty professionals after selection by a jury composed of the Maison des Cultures du Monde and the Ministry of Culture and Communications which will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria:
- the individual quality of each application (quality of the professional approach),
- the interest of the institution of origin in French expertise

Contact: Stéphanie Harvier / Tel : +33 1 45 44 71 46 /