The museum network was established in April 2006 at Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala, Sweden. The original network is facilitated by the Swedish based organisation Cultural Heritage without Borders. The participants were museum directors and key staff from eleven museums in the Western Balkans region (from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). At the workshop, it was also determined that a special network for female museum directors was required in order to address the specific needs of this group.
Women’s International Leadership Development (WILD ©) programme was launched in 2012 and professional development workshops for women from six Balkan countries are held several times a year.
The museum cooperation is based on strengthening the contacts and collaboration between museums in the Western Balkans. It aims to enhance cultural understanding, develop staff competence, facilitate exchange of ideas and exhibitions and make the museums more inviting to the public. Several workshops and seminars have been organized on a wide variety of topics, such as museum management, strategic planning, exhibitions, communication, conservation and education. A series of major projects around access for disabled people has lead to improvements in museum access. In 2010 the museums decided to form their own network, the Balkan Museum Network and it is an ongoing process.
Following the success of the ‘1+1:Life & Love’ simultaneous exhibition, the Balkan Museum Network has established a wider platform for collaboration and exchange available to all museums across the Western Balkans.
Four ‘Meet See Do’ conferences were held (in Sarajevo in April 2013, Tirana in April 2014, in Novi Sad in April 2015 and in Shkoder in April 2016).
The Network is open to all museums from Western Balkans. If your museum would like to become a member of the Balkan Museum Network please fill in the Application Form that you can find here.
Please see the Statutes of the Balkan Museum Network here.
Short report on Activities in the period Apr 2014 – Apr 2015 is available here.
Plans for 2015/2016 are presented here.