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#IMACoffeeBreak: Museum Ethics and the Irish Context

05 March | 09:30 - 10:15

Irish Museums Association (IMA) and ICOM Ireland

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Recent global events are a strong reminder of why an ethical framework should underpin all museum practice, underlining the trustworthy position in which our museums are held. Whether looking at issues around representation, cultural identity, difficult or contested heritage, representation, engagement or education, these play a vital role in guiding professional practice and recognise core values shared by the museum community.

As ICOM seeks to determine whether a revision of the current Code of Ethics for Museums is necessary at this time, the Irish Museums Association and ICOM’s National Committee for Ireland (ICOM-Ireland) invite you to this session looking at Museum Ethics and the Irish Context. What is missing from the current Code of Ethics?  What is needed to make it an even more powerful tool for today’s museum profession? Are there particularities in the Irish museum sector that should be addressed? How can we help museums professionals apply its values and principles? This session will aim to both inform and be informed by the museum sector, contributing to Ireland’s response to this review.  

Before opening out to participants for discussion this session will feature short 5-minute presentations by the following speakers:

  • Dr Margarita Cappock is Chair of ICOM’s National Committee for Ireland. She joined Dublin City Council in 1999 as project manager of the Francis Bacon Studio Project at the Hugh Lane Gallery, where she was subsequently Head of Collections and Deputy Director until 2018 when she transferred to Dublin City Arts Office as Assistant City Arts Officer/Public Art Collections Specialist.
  • Dr Audrey Whitty is Chair of the Irish Museums Association (IMA). She is the Head of Collections and Learning of the National Museum of Ireland, having previously held the role of curator in the Arts and Industrial Division before being appointed Keeper in 2015. In 2013-2014, she was curator of European and Asian Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in New York.
  • Hannah Crowdy is Head of Curatorial at National Museums NI, having held previously the role of the organisation’s first interpretation manager. She is a former social history curator who has worked in a range of independent and local-authority museums in England. She is a committee member of ICOM UK and of the Museums Association UK’s Ethics Committee.


To register: IMA and ICOM Ireland members can avail of priority booking until midnight 28 February 2021 and places will be allocated automatically on registration. A waiting list is available for non-members, subject to availability, who will be advised of places after the priority booking window closes.