Museum Week 2018

Museum Week 2018

14 May 2018

International Museum Day (on or around 18 May) is a global celebration that takes place annually on or around 18 May - and ICOM (the International Council of Museums) coordinates this event. The event highlights a specific theme that changes every year and that is at the heart of the international museum community’s precoccupations. The theme chosen for 2018 is “Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics”.

Museums from all over the world are invited to participate - to promote museums’ role worldwide by creating unique, free and fun activities around the chosen theme. IMD serves as a platform for raising public awareness on the part museums play today in the improvement of society - both on local and international level. Participation in IMD is growing among museums all over the world. In 2017, more than 36 000 museums in 157 countries participated in the event.

As Montagu is known for its unique character, the staff members at the Montagu Museum have decided to do things a little differently. The fun-filled programme will run for an entire week, ending with the grand finale on Friday the 18th of May.

This year’s theme celebrates all the different facets of communication, starting from the days when we spoke to each other face-to-face and sent each other handwritten letters by snail mail… to texting, smartphones, Twitter, Facebook… The theme also establishes a platform for museums to showcase how they are using technology to stay current – which becomes more and more of a challenge as the technology advances.
The Montagu Museum Week’s programme is as follows:

From Monday the 14th of May to Friday the 18th, the Montagu Museum will be hosting a school programme that involves a number of schools from Montagu and Ashton. Learners will participate in various activities, including discussions around the IMD 2018 theme.

They will be taken on tours through the Montagu Museum’s Old Mission Church and Joubert House. Original members of the Old Mission Church’s congregation will be present throughout the week, to talk about their memories of the old church. Some of these conversations will be recorded for the museum’s archival records.

On Tuesday evening, 15th of May, local researcher and historian Rudi Allmayer will give a talk on the early Jewish community of Montagu. This presentation will be attended by the Regional Country Communities’ Rabbi for the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, Rabbi Stuart Servator. The talk will be hosted at the Montagu Museum and will start at 18h30.

On Wednesday 16th May the MMACC (Montagu Museum Art and Culture Centre) will be screening a museum-themed ART MOVIE night, showing Russian Ark, filmed in the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum using a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence shot. The film will be screened at the normal time: 18.30 for 19.00.
Two theme-related exhibitions will be on display during the entire week: a small exhibition at the Montagu Public Library, and one of theme-related artifacts at the MMACC’s art gallery.

The highlight of the IMD 2018 week will be the finale on Friday, 18th May at the MMACC in the KWV Building. The participating schools will have a speech-competition on this year’s IMD theme, the winners of the Facebook competition will be announced and lots of prizes and goodies will be handed out. While this is going on, Montagu Museum staff will be hard at work preparing a potjiekos lunch for all present.

Entrance to the three museum-buildings will be free for the whole week. The Montagu Museum wishes to invite the whole community to come and enjoy the week with us.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Montagu Museum at 023-6141950.
and for more information on the IMD 2018 theme, connect to