Museums and Human Rights conferences


FIHRM 2015 - Access is a Human Right

22-24 September 2015
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā maunga, e ngā awaawa
E ngā pātaka o ngā taonga tuku iho, tēnā koutou

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, in association with Victoria University’s Museum and Heritage Studies programme, is very pleased to host FIHRM 2015. With a theme of is ‘Access is a Human Right’, the organisers are keen to ensure that the conference provides opportunities to explore and debate museums’ responsibilities regarding all aspects of access – intellectual, physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual. The timing of the conference coincides with the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and so it is fitting that the conference also explores aspects of partnership, indigenous rights and self-determination within the museum context. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa has long been acknowledged for its bicultural stance; a model it believes should be adopted in more museums around the world.

There will also be an additional ‘un-conference’ day on the 25th to recognise and celebrate the 15th anniversary of Victoria University’s Museum and Heritage studies programme. We hope that attendees will stay on for this additional day and engage with our next generation of museum leaders.


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