Call for Feedback on the Draft Policy Guidelines for Support to the Museum Sector

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts consulted with available members of the Museum Sector on September 18, 2017 on the Draft Policy Guidelines for Support to the Museum Sector in Trinidad and Tobago. An updated Draft Policy Guideline is now provided online for further review and your comments.

Overview

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts is preparing Trinidad and Tobago’s first ever Draft Policy Guidelines for Support to the Museum Sector as one of the active measures undertaken by the Government to uphold article 5 of the United Nations Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972, which Trinidad and Tobago ratified in 2005.

Definition

What is a museum?

“A non-profit permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment”( International Council of Museums, 1946)

 Categories of Support to the Museum Sector

The National Museum and Art Gallery is positioned to be a channel of state support to the museum sector, given the sector’s potential contribution to national pride and social cohesion in the following areas:

  • Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building

§  Financial Grants

  • National Registry of Museums (NRoM)
  • Museum Accreditation

Categories of Museums in Trinidad and Tobago

The museum sector in Trinidad and Tobago comprises of approximately twenty-eight (28) museums that conform to the ICOM definition, and can be further classified into five categories:

  • State museums: Owned, financed and directly or indirectly managed by the state.
  • Corporate museums: Owned, managed and financed by a corporate body
  • Private museums: Collections owned by private individuals but containing works of national importance
  • Academic museums: Collections owned, financed and managed by an academic institution and often related to a specific area of academic interest
  • Community/civil society museums: Owned and run by a community based organization or civil society body and may represent the distinct historical identity of the community or civil society body.

Goal

To create an enabling environment that supports the development of the museum sector in Trinidad and Tobago, to ensure the realization of its full potential as an agent of education, social change, community identity and national pride.

 Deadline for Comments:

Please fill out the feedback form Draft Policy Guidelines for Support to the Museum Sector in T T on or before November 17th, 2017.