EU-LAC-MUSEUMS is a consortium of eight international partners working in museums, policy and academia in Scotland, Portugal, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru and the West Indies. The project is coordinated by the University of St Andrews in Scotland, under the auspices of the Museums, Galleries and Collections Institute in the School of Art History (https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/arthistory/research/mgci/eu-lac-museums/). Institute Director, Dr Karen Brown, is overall Coordinator of EU-LAC-MUSEUMS and works closely with the European and Latin American and Caribbean Regional Alliances of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) (http://www.icom.museum).
The project seeks to carry out out a comparative analysis of small to medium-sized rural museums and their communities in the EU and LAC regions, and to develop associated history and theory. The basis of the project is that community museums in Latin American and Caribbean countries in particular allow under-represented communities to stake a place in history, as well as contributing to environmental sustainability and community empowerment. Over the next 4 years researchers will investigate how these institutions can inform museum practice, particularly for remote and island locations. Museums involved include Ceumannan – Skye Ecomuseum in Scotland, and the Rey Curré Museo Comunitario in Costa Rica, run by the native Boruca people. Both are open-air museums encouraging visitors to explore the natural landscape and traditional structures. Here, young people will work together to carry out oral history projects with community elders, and become young curators of a virtual exhibition on the theme of societal change.
Our plan of action falls into the following four areas of EU-CELAC enquiry:
a) Technology and Innovation for Bi-Regional Integration
b) Museums for Social Inclusion and Cohesion
c) Fostering Sustainable Community Museums
d) Exhibiting Migration and Gender
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693669.