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Short report on 15th school museums symposium in Ljubljana, 26th to 29th June 2013


15th International Symposium on School Life and School History Museums & Collections

»Creating links in education. Teacher’s and their associations as promoters of pedagogic development (historical and museum aspects)«


This traditional biennial symposium  of school / pedagogical museums and historians of education was realised by Slovenian School Museum, Historical Association of Slovenia and ICOM – Slovenia in cooperation with members of international and local committee. The event was held at Secondary School of Nursing in Ljubljana and attracted arround 115 delegates, with 68 papers ( written by 78 authors from 29 countries and published in the book of abstracts in English and in mother tongue of presenter) – maiority of them presented in 18 common and parallel sessions in a thematic series of teachers and their associations and development of school/educational museums. Working languages of symposium was English with exception the limited numbers of  Slavic, Germanic or Romanic oriented »Babel sessions«. At the beginning of 15th Symposium there was some words also in German as a memories on the first Symposium and Mr. Rudolf Lukschanderl (1984, Michelstetten in Austria), in Spanish and Slovenian as a greetings all international audience. Memorable part of openning ceremony was music introduction of 'Muzealije' group and the jubilee cake ornamented with educational symbols - for 15 symposiums in this 30 years.

Thematical highlights included interesting lectures and presentations  by university teachers, institutes researchers and very active members of many staff of school / pedagogical museums, while highlights of the social programme included the symposium dinner in the historic Castle restaurant in Ljubljana Castle, and a visit to the Slovenian School  Museum,  City Hall with Reception given Mayor of the City of Ljubljana, River Ljubljanica tour and last day Excursion with visit Kamnik Museum, ©marjetna Hill near Kranj and of Bled Castle and Lake.

The 115 symposium delegates came from 25 countries and four continents. The largest groups were from the Italy and Slovenia, some participants also from Germany, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Greece, while smaller numbers attended from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Czech Republic, and Hungary in Europe; from Turkey and Japan in Asia; from Nigeria  in Africa; and from Brasil in America and noticeable numbers from Australia (Sovereign Hill Schools, Ballarat Vic.), the host of the next 16th symposium in 2015. http://www.sovereignhill.com.au/costumed-school/

            Part of disscusion of international familly of school / educational museums has been oriented to the  invitation to join the INOS (International Network of School Heritage): The network will promote the history of education and the value of school history collections for the general public and towards national cultural, educational and governmental institutions. INOS http://inos-world.org/

We are particulary grateful all contributors, moderators and participants  of this event for making it very informative as well as enjoyable four days!

It is planned to publish a selection of the papers delivered at the symposium in Ljubljana as an edited book or/and a special issue of scientific journal. 

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