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November 14, 2018


Dear ICME and all other interested ICOM Members,


ICOM’s International Committee for Museums of Ethnography (ICME) represents a type of museum that has undergone tremendous change in the past few decades, with changing attitudes toward collecting, exhibiting and community involvement in programming. 


Last year, there was lively discussion about an appropriate mission statement for ICME, but no representative consensus was reached. So this year a Working Group was formed to inquire into member attitudes to ICME’s mission and how to best express them.


We have prepared the following questionnaire and would appreciate you taking the time to consider and answer it, responding to us by September 1.  It is accessible with this link as a Google doc.


QUESTIONNAIRE (click on the link to access)


https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifWe will present a summary of your questionnaire responses to the ICME board at the annual ICME conference, to take place in Tartu, Estonia (October 9 – 12, 2018).




Our aim is to represent the broad ICME membership. To move forward with discussions related to our mission, we need YOUR valuable input.


With many thanks and all best wishes,


The Working Group on “What We Do”

Laurie Kalb Cosmo, Susan Faine, Eveline Lameer, Doris Prlic, Graeme Were

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