ITP Newsletter 2024, Issue 11 – Call for Submissions!

Written by Ciprian Dobra, Alba Iulia Municipality Counselor and Cultural Objective Curator, Principia Museum (Romania, ITP Fellow 2019, Senior Fellow 2023)

Museums of the Past through Technologies of the Future

Deadline: 29 February 2024

Dear ITP Fellows,

The ITP Newsletter 2024 will be our 11th issue and, as every year, it marks a new beginning that makes us aware of the rapid evolution of civilization and our struggle to keep up, hold on and be up to date with the trends and needs of the public.  It would be helpful for the entire network to give and get support from near and far, by sharing your work and ideas on how the newest technology can be applied to help our museums be able to attract the ‘always in a hurry’ younger generation but not forgetting the traditional audience.  Remember, this is ‘your’ newsletter and provides a space to share your thoughts, news, projects and programmes.  

We are asking all fellows to help us create our newsletter for 2024 – to share news, views and stories from across our global network.

2019 ITP fellows in a digital display at the Great North Museum Hancock, Newcastle

The ITP Newsletter takes you on a global journey through different institutions, collections, staff and audiences. It focuses on how culture and heritage can provide a platform for new thinking, inviting challenging conversations and addressing current issues – both local and global.  It tells our fellows’ stories and is guided by the projects and programmes being delivered by our global network.

You can enjoy all our past ITP Newsletter issues on our website here

2018 ITP fellows interacting with the digital displays at the British Museum

The theme of the ITP Newsletter 2024 will be Museums of the Past through Technologies of the Future. The main idea of this theme is to tell us what technologies you already have, plan to have or would like to have, to make our museums more attractive to the different audiences without losing their identity and purpose. Across the ITP network, museums, galleries, and art institutions are undergoing a variety of transformations; past interpretations are being re-narrated in the present context and, looking to the future by using every means possible, to create engagement with audiences. This has become a growing practice to bring changes across institutions as an effort of reinvent and reimagine museum spaces for the audiences of 21st century.

Museums, galleries, and art institutions are always looking for new ways to connect with their audiences and by taking in consideration the closer connection to technologies that everybody is experiencing, new opportunities arise to contribute to world culture by keeping up with – or going beyond – the expectations of audiences. Many museums around the world are currently incorporating technologies into their spaces and practice; what does this mean to us as museum practitioners, why is it becoming more important, and how are we working within the existing historical, archaeological, and anthropological space? How are we adapting to these changes, and what do they mean for our audiences?

Ciprian Dobra, ITP fellow 2019, Senior Fellow 2023 and guest editor of the ITP newsletter 2024.

In three sections – Museums of the Past through Technologies of the Future; Your Collection in Focus and Global Perspectives – we’d like to hear from any of our fellows about their technological advancements and experiences in their institutions, sectors or fields of professional research. Fellows could discuss their own institution as well as other museums, exhibitions, events or a talk programme in their home country that they have recently visited or attended. Is your organization doing anything different to address this need and bring about change? Do you collaborate with specialists or specialized companies? Do you have the support of your management and funders? How did you get that support and how would you think one could get the necessary support? And, why not: do you think that the new technological possibilities are necessary or worthy to be in a museum?

The newsletter will also include our usual sections which will enable fellows to share news their institutions and collections more generally:

Did you know that? Where you can tell readers something they may not already know about the cultural sector in your country. 

Spotlight on….an opportunity to share an in-depth view of one of the museums/galleries/institutions in our ITP global network.

Bulletin Board where you can share with us what is happening in your institution, i.e., new galleries, exhibitions, community work, special events.

And Global Network News for short descriptions updating us on your personal and professional news.

2019 ITP fellows using an app to look at collections at the British Musuem

Send us your piece for the ITP 2024 newsletter to share it among our ITP network, we would like to hear from you.

Here you can find our Call for Submissions which tells you all about the structure and potential content for 2024.

We will be looking forward to receiving your submissions so please send us a contribution – remember, it is ‘your’ newsletter!!