The Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project (IMP) explored the variety of approaches, interactions and practices on intangible cultural heritage in museums in Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and France. How can museums assist in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage while working alongside its practitioners? How do you know if you’re taking the right approach? IMP aspires to inspire!
IMP is convinced museums can take up a role in the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of members of intangible cultural heritage-communities, -groups or individual practitioners, who wish to transmit their cultural practices to future generations. The main question however, is ‘how’?
How can the intangible cultural heritage become an integral part of future museum practice and policies? How can the participation of the practitioners and their efforts for passing on their cultural heritage to future generation, receive a more focal place in museums? What skills and competences should museum professionals need to develop if they wish to support them? What policy and practice engagements are key?
IMP wants to build the capacities of museums, enabling them to consiously provide answers for their own organization. IMP will therefor:
IMP takes as its starting point the participatory and future-oriented Unesco 2003 Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage. Intangible heritage includes the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge or skills which people pass on from one generation to another. Intangible heritage is found in (i.a.)
These living practices are everywhere in today’s society and people see them as a part of their cultural heritage. They are a source of cultural diversity and give people a sense of identity and continuity.
The Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Project is an initiative of Werkplaats immaterieel erfgoed (BE), Dutch Centre for Intangible Heritage (NL), SIMDEA (IT), Verband der Museen der Schweiz (CH) and CFPCI (FR).
IMP is co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and addresses the program priorities capacity building and transnational mobility. Made possible with the support of the Flemish government and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.