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History museums & History in Museums
Proceedings of the IAHM Colloquium from 17th june 1992

With these IAMH book opens a new debate concerning history museums which first questions are : What is a history museum ? What is its function, commemorate or inform ? How to choose in the collection of documents, artistic criteria, use and display criteria ? How to recount histoy to the public, pedagogical scenography, spectacular scenography or activities ? What is the relationship with the governing authorities ? What is the relationship with historians ? History museums, ethographic museums : points of contacts ? Specific characteristics ? Exchanges between history museums ?

AIMH / DMF. Paris, 1992.

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Museums and History collections in France

Gervereau Laurent, Joly Marie-Hélène

This guide is the first book, which collects museums and historic sites in France. Gathering all institutions and collections open to the public, it indicates the wealth of the french museums. The use of national and regional maps will enable everyone to get a better idea of these museums, which are among those with the highest number of visitors in the country. They present the highlights of history, famous men, and daily life, local or industrial history. Finally, the book opens on a presentation concerning their situations, their characteristics and their pratices.

IAMH, Paris 1996 (french issue)

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What are the perspectives for History museums in Europe?
Proceedings of the AIMH Colloquium from 4th to 6th May 1994

Here is the first joint European appraisal of history museums. On a continent where great changes are taking place, museums of every kind, whether in Russia, Croatia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Spain or Sweden, are exploring the different issues confronting them today. How should local or national history be presented ? How should multicultural issues and international perspectives be presented ? What should be preserved and what should be displayed ? Is the purpose commemoration or information ? Institutions, as part of a community, must address these questions.

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What is the future of history museum?
Proceedings of the AIMH Colloquium, Bonn, 1996.

The present book is the outcome of the meeting between heads of history museums from different continents, assessing the situations and prospects for these unique institutions in relation to modern technology and the availability of information. Is a museum today merely a pretext for presenting performance-type shows and displaying visuals ? Will there be a dramatic difference between "rich" and "pool" museums ? The future of history museums embraces questions concerning mankind at large, and our scientific, economic and moral heritage. A museum of history asks questions of democracy.

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Museums and Politics
Proceedings of the fourth colloquium of the International Association.

The relationships between museums and politics, induce museums to ask several questions: How did museums reply to the expectations of the public and of what kind where they? Were those expectations adapted to our contemporary society? How do museums see today their development and politic role? Are they in a position to help define museal purposes, which can match the contemporary society? What propositions do they have regarding the changes in society? What is their position in this global society, which according to all analyses, witnesses a disintegration of social links? Is the museum dedicated to restore this link? Are there new paths to explore?

IAMH. Museum of Civilisation. Quebec, 1999 (french and english)

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No limits to History?

A meeting in 2000 on the theme "No limits to history", in Luxembourg in the heart of Europe could only foster discussions of major interest. It was meaningful at a time when museums of the European continent gather to think about the basis of their links. All kinds of museums- city museums, historical museums, biographical museums, thematic museums -, which were set up in order to defend a local identity, have now entered a new phase in which they consider the relationships between here and elsewhere under the point of view of imbrications and singularity. The necessary tension between unity and diversity is indeed the driving force permitting an evolution and which is quite valuable in the way of dealing with the past.

Fifth colloquium of the international association of museums of history - Third symposium of City Museums History museum of the city of Luxembourg Luxembourg, May 2000 (Texts in French, English, and German)

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Museums, Media and Tourist Attractions
The proceedings of the 6th Colloquium of the International Association of Museums of History held in Finland from 29th May to 2nd June 2002, will be available soon on line for the Association's memberships.

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