Museums – Cultural Forums of Education for Sustainable Developments?

Dr Hans-Martin Hinz
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As globally prevalent cultural institutions, museums have always taken an educational mandate upon themselves, which derives from the task that is set for them, to “exhibit”. What remains to be tested is if the goal of education towards cultural sustainability can be combined with the fundamental responsibility of museum work.

Museum professionals have to be put in a position to be able to frame their museum work and carry it out such that their work produces sustainable behavior among the museum visitors. And then the question arises, to what extent this process can be evaluated at all.

Already the museums play an important supplementary and even relatively long-term role in educational contexts outside of formal schooling and universities. Are museums also ready and capable of contributing to cultural sustainability through their work?

Keywords: Musuems
Presentation Type: Plenary Presentation in English
Paper: Museums – Cultural Forums of Education for Sustainable Developments?

Dr Hans-Martin Hinz

Executive Council, International Council of Musuems [ICOM]

Hans-Martin Hinz completed his Doctorate at the Free University of Berlin. From 1985 he was Research Advisor to the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Administration, laying the groundwork for the German Historical Museum. From 1991 until 2000 he was Deputy Director at the Museum, was involved in organising new Berlin museums: the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, the Allied Museum and the Berlin Wall Memorial Site, and was a member of the German-French Expert Commission on the Repatriation of Cultural Patrimony through war. From 2000 he was Deputy Minister for Culture at the Berlin Senate Office of Science, Research and Culture. In 2002 he resumed his role as a member of the managing board of the German Historical Museum.

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