In Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Defining the Museum of the 21st Century

    Defining the Museum of the 21st Century

    Speakers Confirmed for the International Symposium! 25 November 2017 St Andrews, Scotland
  • The use of 3D digitisation in Museums: a workshop and manual to make it easy.

    The use of 3D digitisation in Museums: a workshop and manual to make it easy.

    This workshop, oriented by Alan Miller and his team, was directed towards all museums professionals and museums lovers in having interest in photography or digital interpretation and would like to learn more.
  • Museus, Comunidade e Turismo

    Museus, Comunidade e Turismo

    Museus, Comunidade e Turismo, um triângulo virtuoso? EULAC MUSEUMS assisted the organizers in elaborating the program and inveted experts from different origins which were present in Portugal for the kick-off meeting of the Project.
  • Bravery and a sense of place in abandoned lands: the role of eco- and community museums

    Bravery and a sense of place in abandoned lands: the role of eco- and community museums

    The round-table on “Bravery and a sense of place in abandoned lands: the role of eco- and community museums” has taken place in the frame of the Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2016, held in Glasgow

Community Museums

Where do we stand?

Museums are important because they serve to remind us of who we are and what our place is in the world. [...] Museum professionals, with reference to their visitors, frequently use the expression ‘museum community’, but can this be defined? We also need to discover how museums interact with their community, and the community with its museums, and place this in historical perspective.” (Professor Peter Davis, Project Advisor)

Understanding community and eco-museums in a bi-regional context is one of the aims of our project. Definitions of both "museums" and "community" are open to debate, and when the words come together to signify an entity the matter becomes even more complicated. And yet, what we can say is that in both Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the term "community museum" / "museo comunitario" is being used to describe a special kind of museum which has certain values in common, including the agency of the community in the conception, design, and governance of their local museum. During this project we will research best practice in community museology and run a series of workshops on this topic. The outcomes will feed into discussions about the new ICOM Definition of a Museum to be revealed in 2019. The first of these workshops was held in Lisbon during our Kick-Off meeting in October 2016, and in 2017 the University of St Andrews held an international conference on "The Definition of the Museum in the 21st Century" under the auspices of ICOFOM: ICOM's museology group. This meeting formed part of an international effort to define the museum taking place in multiple countries internationally, beginning in Paris in June 2017: http://network.icom.museum/icofom


Festas de inverno, Portugal



"Societal challenges can lead to opportunities if approached in the right way. Europe is currently undergoing a crisis of identity, seeking to define its past, present, and future position in relation to the wider world, and to consolidate regional cohesion across generations within a wider, global knowledge economy. EU-LAC-MUSEUMS, ICOM Europe and ICOM LAC are committed to the idea that fostering inter-cultural dialogue and creativity through their regional and community museums is fundamental to this process." (Dr Karen Brown, EU-LAC-MUSEUMS Project Coordinator).

The focus of the EU-LAC-MUSEUMS project is to follow the EU-CELAC Action Plan (2013-15) in carrying out a comparative analysis of small to medium-sized rural museums and their communities in the EU and LAC regions, and to develop associated history and theory. To this end, we have created the following objectives.

Objective 1: To increase the knowledge area of EU-CELAC relations in the museum world by researching the concepts and experiences of sustainability in museums and communities in the two regions, with a special focus on heritage technologies and histories of migration as they relate to these communities. Objective 2: To enhance sustainable development and social inclusiveness in the museum sector in remote rural and island locations through dialogue between academics, policy makers, museums, and local communities. Objective 3: To create a common and sustainable vision for community museums ratified by ICOM, and in line with EU-CELAC and JIRI actions. Objective 4: To make available and to celebrate knowledge generated by the project to all potential users, museum professionals, and decision makers through an ambitious web portal and an extensive dissemination programme. Objective 5: To ensure rigorous evaluation of project methods and outcomes for future EU-LAC platforms, and to build long-term sustainable relationships between institutions in EU and LAC, and especially within our partner countries.



Project Youth Exchange

Though many miles lie between them and us we all are brought together through our shared passion for music, dance, art and community spirit.  The exchange changed me as a person in so many ways. It made me proud of my island background, improved my confidence and gave me skills which will stay with me forever. If I was to bring anything back to Skye it would the sense of community and belonging in which I experienced within the villages. All the people, young and old, work together with respect for each other, to get things done. They are all proud of their local culture and I felt so honoured to have been able to learn the history of the people and to also share our culture with them.” (Jonathan Smith, Isle of Skye, Scotland, aged 16).

EU-LAC-MUSEUMS is facilitating an exciting and empowering bi-regional youth exchange between Latin America and Europe. 24 young people: 12 from Costa Rica, 6 from Portugal and 6 from Scotland. Each month, these 24 young people take part in workshops discussing their rural community, identity, heritage, culture whilst building their self-confidence. In between workshops, the young people are encouraged to visit the their local community museums, as well as document their journey through an online blog and Instagram.

Òigridh Air Iomlaid na Alba – Scottish Youth Blog:


Blogue de jovens de Portugal - Portuguese Youth Blog: 


Blog de la Juventud de Costa Rica - Costa Rican Youth Blog:



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EU-LAC-MUSEUMS - Museums and Community: Concepts, Experiences, and Sustainability in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean

Welcome to eulacmuseums.net – the website where you will discover the world of small, local museums and their communities in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean! We are a consortium of academics, museum professionals and policy makers working in Scotland, Portugal, Spain, France, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica and the West Indies who are committed to community museology making a difference in the world.