New York Times: Rescuing Art in Ukraine with Foam, Crates and Cries for Help

New York Times: Rescuing Art in Ukraine with Foam, Crates and Cries for Help. “Many cultural institutions were not prepared to protect their collections and buildings before the Russian invasion, so ad hoc groups of arts workers and leaders stepped in to fill the breach.”

Europeana Pro: New project at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin explores crowdsourcing for the Anthropocene

Europeana Pro: New project at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin explores crowdsourcing for the Anthropocene . “In 2021, Europeana’s Research Grants Programme awarded funding for innovative projects exploring crowdsourcing and research. What did the winners achieve? We hear from Ulrike Sturm, Scientific Officer Innovation for Nature and Society at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, who spoke on behalf of the project team.”

BBC: Horniman Museum to return 72 artefacts to Nigeria

BBC: Horniman Museum to return 72 artefacts to Nigeria. “A London museum says it has agreed to return to Nigeria artefacts looted in the 19th Century from the Kingdom of Benin. The Horniman Museum said ownership of 72 objects would be transferred to the Nigerian government. Items include 12 brass plaques, known as Benin Bronzes, a brass cockerel and a key to the king’s palace.”

Phys .org: International researchers confirm museum shrunken head as human remains

Phys .org: International researchers confirm museum shrunken head as human remains. “Researchers from Western University have verified the authenticity of a South American tsantsa (shrunken head) as human remains, an important step in the global effort toward decolonization and preserving and understanding Indigenous history.”

New York Times: In Rome, a New Museum for Recovered Treasures Before They Return Home

New York Times: In Rome, a New Museum for Recovered Treasures Before They Return Home. “Last month, Italian officials inaugurated a new museum here whose title sets a lofty agenda: the Museo dell’Arte Salvata, or the Museum of Rescued Art. Rescued art is a broad term, it turns out, and the museum will showcase the myriad ways in which artworks can be salvaged — from thieves, from the rubble of earthquakes and other national disasters, from ancient shipwrecks in the Mediterranean or from the ravages of time by Italy’s expert restorers.”

Hyperallergic: New Database Shows Which Museum Job Boards Post Salaries

Hyperallergic: New Database Shows Which Museum Job Boards Post Salaries. “The new database shows that some of the museum world’s most important organizations, like the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Cultural Resources Association, already require salaries to be posted. Others do not, including the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) (although AAM does urge employers to ‘be transparent about salary’ and ‘not ask for salary history’ in an Equitable Hiring Practices section of its website).”

Local Journalism Initiative: Virden hopes to create dynamic oil museum in near future

Local Journalism Initiative: Virden hopes to create dynamic oil museum in near future. “The Manitoba Oil Museum has been a corporation since 1992, and has evolved a lot since then, from a brick-and-mortar museum to a presence at trade shows. A provincial Petroleum Branch worker reached out to [Liza] Park recently, telling her they’d hired a researcher to look through the archives of the museum and compile information for an online website.”

‘Don’t be afraid to fail’: digital storytelling experiments in small museums (Museums + Heritage Advisor)

Museums + Heritage Advisor: ‘Don’t be afraid to fail’: digital storytelling experiments in small museums. “As part of this year’s Museums + Heritage Show the Director of Royal Crown Derby Museum and the Curator of Gawthorpe Textiles Collection share some of their learnings after bolstering their digital storytelling efforts.”

Museums+Heritage: 12 museums among cultural sites damaged or destroyed in Ukraine confirms UNESCO

Museums+Heritage: 12 museums among cultural sites damaged or destroyed in Ukraine confirms UNESCO . “According to a new count, 152 cultural sites in Ukraine have been partially or totally destroyed since the beginning of the war. Last week UNESCO published an updated assessment of the damage caused to cultural sites in Ukraine since 24 February 2022, when the Russian offensive began. According to the checks carried out by its experts, 152 cultural sites have been partially or totally destroyed as a result of the fighting, including 30 historical buildings, 18 cultural centres, 15 monuments, 12 museums, seven libraries and 70 religious buildings.”

PetaPixel: The Smithsonian is Shifting to a Future of Digital Museum Experiences

PetaPixel: The Smithsonian is Shifting to a Future of Digital Museum Experiences. “The Smithsonian’s collection of historical artifacts is so large that only 1% of its 150 million piece collection is showcased at any given time. Mixed with age and fragility, the museum is quickly virtualizing its collection to be viewed online. The goal of the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office (DPO) is to digitally scan these historical artifacts and publish those scans online for future generations to enjoy and interact with.”

Newsradio 1040: Iowa Hall of Pride Museum to Close, Transition to Online Platform

Newsradio 1040: Iowa Hall of Pride Museum to Close, Transition to Online Platform. “The Iowa Hall of Pride is closing its physical location in downtown Des Moines and moving online. The Iowa High School Athletic Association says the Hall of Pride’s physical museum’s last day open to the public will be June 30th, after which its content will become exclusively available online.”

Port Clinton News Herald: ODNR artifacts showcased in new online museum

Port Clinton News Herald: ODNR artifacts showcased in new online museum. “For many, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources brings thoughts of rippling streams, thick forests, and quiet deer. But the mission of the ODNR also steps out of the woods and into a museum as it focuses on preserving history as passionately as it preserves land. Inspired by that focus, ODNR Director Mary Mertz has unveiled the Cardinal Collection, an online museum highlighting ODNR artifacts.”

Smashing Magazine: Digital Museums For Digital History

Smashing Magazine: Digital Museums For Digital History. “Computer technologies have simplified the process of recording historical events, technological breakthroughs, contemporary art, and everyday life. However, the notion of digital archiving can be deceptive. Often our technical footprints are carved in sand rather than stone.”

The Guardian: ‘Ukraine’s heritage is under direct attack’: why Russia is looting the country’s museums

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