Celje School of Museology

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Šola muzeologije Celje
Prešernova ulica 17, SI-3000 Celje
Phone386 (0) 3 428 6410
Fax386 (0) 3 428 6411
Founded byCelje Museum of Recent History
Darja Jan, Museum Curator
Phone386 (0) 3 428 6417
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The Celje School of Museology was founded in 1995 as an educational project run by Tanja Rožbergar Šega from the Celje Museum of Recent History. The school has 8 programmes and it also includes a the Piran Museology Summerschool that for more than four years has taken place in the historical coastal town Piran, usually at the end of May. With the selection of Slovenian and international lecturers it is intended for museum experts, students from humanistic disciplines, young experts and future museology experts.

The school has an international programme council and has had more than 500 participants. It is organised with the help of museology experts from the Museumsakademie Joanneum Graz, Reinwardt Academie Amsterdam and the Slovenian Committee at of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). One of the regular programmes is the Piran Museology Summerschool that takes place at the Institute of Mediterranean Heritage and with the Heritage Department of the Faculty of Humanities Koper, University of Primorska. The summerschool consists of lecturers, workshops, film projections and excursions to nearby museum sights. In May 2010 the school was organised with the help of The British Council, the topic of the 4-day educational event was Museums and Social Harmony. The aim of the recent edition was to question the role of the museum in modern society by debating the museum's role as a socially aware institution the need to take a more active approach. In the context of cultural heritage the exclusion of the social function of the museum is at stake; the function of a museum is not only a place where memories and "official" history meet.

In the past editions several museology experts from Slovenia, Croatia, Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Austria have taken part in the lecture programme. Among others, Verena Vidrih Perko, Head of the Archeology Department at the Gorenjska Museum, Leontine Meijer van Mensch, professor at Reinwardt Academie Amsterdam, and Xerxes Mazda, Head of the Learning and Audiences Department of The British Museum collaborated with their views on museology topics. In a short period of time, the Celje School of Museology has built up a reputation as a meeting place for Slovenian and international experts in the field of museology.

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