The Akademia was historically a school dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom, outside the city walls of ancient Athens. Today an Academy is an institution of higher learning, research and honorary membership. The Academy is the scenario where innovations are deeply discussed and widely validated. Innovations concerning the museological philosophy, the museographical language and practice as well as the role of museums in contemporary society. Although museums started a long time ago, they are still searching for their own identity. Europe has probably given the main contribution to the big family of museums. That's why this is the very moment when a European Museum Academy is needed.
The European Museum Academy, registered as a non-profit foundation in The Netherlands, was established on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the loss of the distinguished museologist Kenneth Hudson (1916-1999) by a group of professionals active in the museum field and the cultural sector in general, this group has worked with Kenneth Hudson for many years in the context of the European Museum of the Year Award scheme, under the auspices of the Council of Europe and under the patronage of HM Queen Fabiola of Belgium, in the area of industrial archaeology and in other fields which benefited from the pioneering of Kenneth Hudson.
The aims of the European Museum Academy are to preserve the legacy of Kenneth Hudson and to disseminate the values and the pioneering intuitions and views of his museological thinking among the new generations of museum professionals as well as cultural professionals active on a European scale. The EMA Foundation is engaged in developing researches in the field of museum innovation, stimulating new ideas and experiences and offering its services as an incubator for new talents and new programmes in order to improve the quality of museum services and of the museological discourse at the European level. The academy is not an educational organization (although regularly involved in professional training and exchange programs), but intends to be a society of museum experts of different national and cultural backgrounds united for the advancement of museological knowledge based on a curriculum of proved capacity in carrying out innovative museum projects. The academy identifies in museums a relevant tool to face socio-economic and cultural challenges in contemporary society and stresses the role of the modern museum as a meeting place and as a most promising forum for the development of scientific debate, creativity, social cohesion and cultural dialogue.
EMA does not run directly courses. We are not a University or a School, we are an organization with the mission to gather experts, build knowledge, share the results of our professional experiences and theoretical reflections incentiving the museological dialogue in Europe. During the years we have elaborated a specific EMA Model which has proved sustainable for our resources activating permanent cooperation with different Universities and research centres in various countries, mostly at post-graduate level and always in a transnational context.
THE EMA MODEL: WE CONTRIBUTE TO COURSES IN SEVERAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES GIVING ADVICE TO DESIGN CURRICULA AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS, PROVIDING SPEAKERS AND DIDACTIC MATERIALS, ORGANISING SEMINARS AND STUDY TOURS, ENCOURAGING BEST PRACTICES, PROMOTING INNOVATION IN THE CONTENTS AND IN THE TEACHING METHODOLOGY.
We are actively involved in the following courses:
International School of Museology – Piran (Slo) organised by the Forum of Slavic Cultures and the Primorska University.
IULM University Milan (I): Master Course in European Museology (under the EMA auspicies).
Public History Project post graduate courses - University of Amsterdam and Fondazione Micheletti (NL/I).
CosmoCaixa, Barcelona (SP): Course in Scientific Museography (in 2014 temporarely suspended.)
Kenneth Hudson Seminar: is a programme directly run every year in Autumn by EMA in partnership with different organizations according to circumstances. Proceedings of most editions are available on this website.
State University of Padua (I) -Faculty of History: The Kenneth Hudson Library.
Riga ceremony, Nov.2016
Riga Ceremony 2016
2016 Heritage in Motion winners
The DASA Museum, our partner in the DASA Award project.
EMA people 2014
EMA people Brescia 2014
2020 EMA Task Force
Cjildren in Museums Award Jury 2016
Europeana, Europa Nostra, EMA together for Heritage in Motion
A toast to HiM
Kenneth Hudson (1916-1999) was one of the most prominent personalities on the European museum scene and one of the pioneers of industrial archaeology in the 1960s, a broadcaster and the author of numerous books.
EMA Prize to Europeana Foundation
European Year of Industrial and Technical Heritage Heritage
Heritage in Motion
The Ziva Award
We are pleased to cooperate with Best in Heritage in promoting excellence in museums.
EMA video presentation on YOU TUBE