Since 1977, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has organised International Museum Day on and around 18 May – a celebration which represents a unique moment for the international museum community
Museums partaking in International Museum Day celebrations plan creative, engaging and educational events and activities related to the annually unique theme – highlighting the important role of museums within society, and the many ways museums serve communities and their development
“International Museum Day raises awareness around the knowledge that museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” – ICOM
This year, ICOM’s theme for International Museum Day is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion
In celebration of this, Iziko is highlighting our Natural History, Social History, and Art Collections; and is sharing two videos about the Lydenburg Heads and Rites of Passage, as well as hosting a living memory bank for the online exhibition, Looking A Head: Revisiting the Lydenburg Heads.
Iziko invites friends, family and visitors to help us bring these artefacts to life by sharing diverse stories of Rites of Passage experiences; these stories will be shared online, and will later be included in the physical exhibition at the Iziko South African Museum.
Through this showcase, Iziko explores how museums and the artefacts they house can become more inclusive, and how that inclusivity can help bring the artefacts to life.