Conference 2012

FIHRM 2012
Museums and Human Rights

9-10 October 2012

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK

The third international FIHRM conference was a great success and brought together more than 70 delegates from 15 countries worldwide to debate and talk about their work on museums and human rights.

It is 5 years since the opening of the International Slavery Museum. In that time, the view has become more widespread that museums should play an active role in fighting for human rights, and there are now many museums around the world that are active in this field.

In this conference we want to consider the ways in which museums have made progress, or not.We wish to look at recent and current examples of progressive work, in terms of combating gender and ethnic inequalities, discrimination and other human rights abuses.

A piece by the UK Museums Journal about this year’s conference

Full Programme

The conference ran under the patronage of UNESCO.


Read some of the papers

Opening Address: The political museum
Dr David Fleming OBE, Director, National Museums Liverpool

Negotiating Visitor Experience: delivering challenging content in a formidable building 
Gilles Hébert, Vice President, Museum Practice, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Canada

Five Years International Slavery Museum
Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool, UK

Transformation of the Iziko Slave Lodge 
Shanaaz Galant, Assistant Curator, Social History Collections Department, Iziko Museums of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

The role of AFRICOM in museum development in relation to Human Rights 
Francis Awinda, Information Officer, AFRICOM, Kenya

Museums and Human Rights – the Mongolian Military Museum
Ganganchimeg Aviraa, Curator, National Military Museum, Ulaanbataar, Mongolia

Human Rights and Labour museums: versatile and changing roles 
Teemu Ahola, Head of Collections, Finnish Labour Museum, Tampere, Finland

The power of culture: promoting the right to access representation and participation in the Norwegian museum and archive sector
Ashild Andrea Brekke, Senior Adviser and Synne Stavheim, Senior Adviser, Arts Council Norway, Oslo, Norway

Reflecting history and discussing politics 
Henrike Zentgraf, Curator, Memorium Nuremberg Trials, Nuremberg, Germany

Keynote speech – Slavery: still a cause for our times 
Aidan McQuade, Director, Anti-Slavery International

Cut Cotton Crimes
Vikki Evans-Hubard, Merseyside Maritime Museum Education Manager, National Museums Liverpool

Human Rights photography exhibition made by young people in the aftermath of terror
Ragnhild Flatas, Head of Education, Falstad Memorial and Human Rights Centre, Ekne, Finland

Children’s information access right and the role of museums
Nyguen Hai Ninh, Vice-head of Museum Management Bureau, Department of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hanoi, Vietnam

Working with museums to campaign for Human Rights
Federico Garza, Director, Commission for Human Rights, Coahuila, Mexico

Beating the deadline: Women in the quest for attainment of UN Millennium Development Goals
Hassoum Ceesay, Curator, The Gambia National Museum, Banjul, Gambia

Tradition and religion as negative factors for gender inequality in Nigeria
Chinwe Abara, Deputy Director, National Council for Arts and Culture, Lagos, Nigeria

Homosexuality and Gender Issues in Vietnam
Phuong Thu Hien, Communication and Education, Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam

Special workshop: Anniversary – an act of memory

As part of the FIHRM conference, we held a special workshop on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Anniversary — an act of memory is a performance series in 60 acts focusing on the importance and relevance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Launched in December 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Declaration, it features solo, collective and multi-lingual recitations from memory of the entire UDHR by Monica Ross and Co-Recitors.

This recitation was part of the Anniversary — an act of memory UK Tour 2011 – 2013 and supported by Arts Council England.