Decade of the Museological Heritage 2012-2022

Presentation

The Declaration of the Roundtable of Santiago de Chile, signed in 1972, stressed the importance and progress of museums in the contemporary world, and highlighted their contribution to the educational and social development plans of the nations. The document became the core milestone of social museology, and a reference for public policies in Ibero-America.

Following its guidelines and celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the Roundtable of Santiago de Chile, the representatives of Ibero-America's museums have proposed the creation of the Decade of the Museological Heritage 2012-2022. The initiative proposes the implementation of actions during that period to strengthen the museological area, and culminates with the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Roundtable Declaration in 2022.

Objectives

The Decade of the Museological Heritage 2012-2022 will include celebrations and proposals for discussion and promotion of the area, furthering the precepts of the Roundtable of Santiago de Chile. It will have the following objectives:

  • Reaffirm the principles set forth in the Declaration of the Round Table of Santiago de Chile in 1972 and plan actions of social and educational nature.
  • Foster the creation and dissemination of cultural activities and events that celebrate the principles of the Round Table of Santiago de Chile in all countries of the region.
  • Give visibility to actions within the context of tangible and intangible Ibero-American heritage, especially those directed at promoting museums as agents of social transformation and valuation of Ibero-American identity and diversity.
  • Highlight the role of museums in preserving and building the memory and identities of Ibero-America.
  • Promote reflections on social museology, its advances and transformations in the 40 years since the launch of the Decade.
  • Generate reflection and knowledge production on specific topics from the world of museology from the point of view of the precepts of the Declaration of the Roundtable of Santiago de Chile.
  • Strengthen the Declaration of Salvador, a document that became the basis for public policies in the museums area in Ibero-America and was inspired by the Declaration of the Round Table of Santiago.
  • Disseminate the cooperation and common voice of Ibero-American countries expressed in the Ibermuseus Program.
  • Encourage and strengthen integration and exchanges between Ibero-American countries on museums, culture and other areas of society.