Conference venue

Ludwig Museum, Danziger Freiheit 1, 56068 Koblenz, Germany

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13:00 – 15:00

Registration / Visit of Ludwig Museum


Opening remarks
Claudia Roth, Vice-President, German Federal Parliament tbc.
Beate Reifenscheid, Director, Ludwig Museum, and President, ICOM Germany
Margit Theis-Scholz, Deputy Mayor for Culture, City of Koblenz


Keynote lecture
Museums, European Society and Legacy of 1918
Neil Forbes, Professor of International History, Coventry University, United Kingdom


Reception and Tours at Ludwig Museum, with special exhibition "Pierre Soulages - Noir lumière. Form and gesture in the 1950ties"


09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 11:00

Session 1 - Situating artefacts: how did museums collect, interpret and display history from WW1 till today?

Session Chair: Giuliana Ericani

Commemorating together 1918/19: 30 exhibitions in France, Germany and Switzerland
Markus Moehring, Three-Countries-Museum, Lörrach, Germany

The Centennial of World War I and the National World War I Museum and Memorial: Special Exhibitions
Doran Cart, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, United States

Reflecting on the First World War
Karen O’Rourke, Museum of Liverpool, United Kingdom

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2 - Connecting people: how has the perception of museums changed between a hundred years ago and today; how do museums situate themselves as political agents and actors; how do they master the role of democratic institutions; how do museums establish global networks and how did this lead to the creation and development of ICOM?

Session Chair: Luís Raposo

Cymru’Cofio/Wales Remembers – Commemorating and Researching the First World War at Amguddfa Cymru
Ulrike Smalley, National Museums Wales, United Kingdom

A Democratic Way of Understanding the Great War
Jonathan R. Casey, National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, United States

Why it is so difficult to remember 1918?
Juliane Haubold-Stolle, Topographie des Terrors, Berlin, Germany


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30

Session 3 - Crossing borders – real and digital: how do museum act and respond to changing borders; breaking boundaries; and digital collections (that do not stop at borders)?

Session Chair: Monika Hagedorn-Saupe

Beyond Borders: Representing the First World War in a transnational museum
Kieran Burns, House of European History, Brussels, Belgium

“Compelled to act”: museums in a post-centenary world
Deborah Tout-Smith, Museums Victoria, Melbourne & ICOM Australia

From the trenches to the web - Europe's "hidden" history on Europeana 1914-1918
Ad Pollé, EUROPEANA Foundation, The Netherlands

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00

Project Slam
Host: Klaus Staubermann

Presenters include Jan Behrendt, Giuliana Ericani/Daniele Jallà, Christina Freund, Marc Holzheimer, Heather Hughes, Natacha Le Duff, Thomas Rössler, Thomas Steller and Vera Zahnhausen.

Social event

Visit, tour and tasting at Deinhard Winery Museum, Koblenz (sponsored by Deinhard KG)

followed by 'pay yourself' dinner at the historic "Weindorf" restaurant

09:30 – 10:30

Session 4 - Museums in the 21 Century: what are the risks museums and democracy face; what is the responsibility of curation, and what are the challenges and perspectives for museums in the 21st century?

Session Chair: Jacques Terriere

Where do we go from here? This is the real dope
Maria Vlachou, Cultural Management and Communications Consultant, Lisbon, Portugal

The House of Austrian History: Establishing a 21st Century museum in a changing political landscape
Monika Sommer, Haus der Geschichte, Vienna, Austria

10:30 – 11:30

Closing lecture
Out of the comfort zone
Taja Vovk van Gaal, Creative Director, House of European History, Brussels, Belgium

11:30 – 12:00

Joint ICOM EUROPE and ICOM Germany Statement
Luís Raposo, Chair, ICOM EUROPE, and Beate Reifenscheid, President, ICOM Germany

End of conference