When Memories And Events Become Institutionalized In A

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When memories and events become institutionalized in a museum setting, they become the lens through which present and future generations gaze into past. National museums promote local history and identity, but what about multinational museums and multinational identity? This is the question the European Union hopes to address with their sanctioning of the House of European History (HEH). The main goal of the HEH is to create a collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions to invite people into a space where “the concept of the European idea can continue to grow” and “the knowledge and dissemination of the culture and history of the European peoples” can be improved (Committee of Experts, 2008, p.5). However, because the HEH is funded…show more content…
The conceptual basis is divided into four parts with 116 points in total: forward, conceptual and museological basis, central topics of the permanent exhibition, and outlook. In the very first point, it is outlined that the museum should be a “place where a memory of European history and the work of European unification is jointly cultivated” (Committee of Experts, 2008, p.3). Some of the main themes that the museum is supposed to represent include the diversity of history and a commonality of roots, peace, liberty, and a willingness to live together, as well as the idea of progress and keeping the idea of Europe alive. In the second section, it talks about the academic goals of the museum and the way it should be set up in order to be accessible to a variety of people, such as free admission and explanatory texts in multiple languages (twenty-four to be precise) (Committee of Experts, 2008). The HEH is meant to be an independent institution that provides education to the young people of Europe in order for them to become active citizens in shaping the EU’s future. Points 27-112 explain the central topics of the exhibitions that will be in the museum, but do not go into detail regarding the artifacts and objects they will represent these topics with. After this initial Conceptual Basis, another draft was written in 2013 with a small amount of changes. Although the museum was first set to open in 2015, it was then pushed to 2016. The current expected
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