UNESCO 1970 – setting the standard for ethnographic museum collecting

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The National Museum's ethnographic collection dates back to the 17th century and is among the world's oldest. The collection numbers around 200.000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, obtained through a mixture of scientific expeditions, donations and exchange with other museums. For the ethnographic collection, the launch of the 1970 UNESCO Convention marked a turning point. This presentation argues that the convention coincided with a larger development within the ethnographic museum – a development in which it sought to distance itself from its intrinsic, colonial origin, by embracing discussions on representation, cultural rights, and repatriation. In conclusion, it is outlined how the National Museum’s ethnographic collections today emphasizes partnerships with source communities in terms of co-creation, contemporary collecting and knowledge sharing.
Periode19 nov. 2021
BegivenhedstitelHeritage Fridays: Blue Shields Denmark
PlaceringKøbenhavn, DanmarkVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational