The Balkan Museums Network exists to celebrate, preserve and share the complex common heritage of the western Balkans. It is based on mutual respect and guided by a commitment to professionalism and shared ethics.

The first ever “Balkan Museums without Barriers” Conference

Celebrating six years of learning and cooperating

On 28 & 29 October CHwB and the BMN held the conference “Balkan Museums without Barriers: Continuing to develop disabled people’s access to museums and heritage in the Western Balkans”. More than 50 participants from across the region gathered in Sarajevo to share their experiences, challenges, knowledge and commitment to making museums and heritage more accessible to disabled people. The two intensive days included inspiring keynote speeches, discussions and work-shops held by the members of the Balkan Museums Access Group, the presentation of 26 positive projects implemented by regional museums with the support from CHwB, the BMN and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Participants learned about the social model of disability and explored the possibilities for making their existing collections more inclusive for disabled people. The conference also featured an award ceremony for the three best museums in access, an emotional talk show with disabled persons and a little exhibition of paintings and graphics realized by art students from Sarajevo. The conference was funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Visit BMN web site to read more.

Finalisation of seven museum projects for access and inclusion

Continuing to develop disabled people’s access to museums and heritage in the Western Balkans

Hundreds of people from the Western Balkans participated in different activities organized and implemented by members of the Balkan Museum Network in the last two years. Nenad Vukeljić from Zrenjanin (Serbia) is one of them. As a member of a local organization of blind and visually impaired people, Nenad participated in activities that he describes as rare and extremely important. „It is very important for me to discover that someone tried and succeed in showing me something I cannot see and comprehend. (...) This museum made a big step towards better education of blind and visually impaired people,“ said Nenad after a workshop organized in the National Museum of Zrenjanin, Serbia. Read more about the seven projects were completed in 2014, aimed at increasing the visibility of their museums, work and activities for various social groups. All the projects were funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the government of Sweden (as part of the Swedish International Development Cooperation) and managed by the foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders. Find out more about the seven project.

Second WILD generation successfully finalized two workshops

Eight managers in heritage sector have finalised Women’s International Leadership Development (WILD) programme. For more about the WILD programme, download the brochure.

Museum in a Suitcase – Workshop for disabled children

Museum in a Suitcase of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a winning project at the ‘Balkan Museum without Barriers’ conference (Oct 2014) has been presented by Samir Avdic and Ernis Sljivo at a workshop in a museum. Find out more about the workshop on BMN web site.

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