July 3 – Milan, Italy
The International Network of Language Museums has been formally established and a Board of Trustees elected for 2016-2018. Ottar Grepstad of the Ivar Aasen Centre (Norway), Elaine Gold of the Canadian Language Museum, and Mark Oremland of Mundolingua (France) were elected to serve. Dr. Jill Robbins represented the National Museum of Language via Skype and spoke about developing virtual exhibits as a strategic response for language museums.
Member museums also finalized the organization’s platform and aims:
The International Network of Language Museums will promote the understanding of the role of language in society, the values of multilingual societies, and the importance of language museums.
Members made a commitment to direct their focus to the open exchange of ideas and information on issues connected to language matters, international projects, exhibitions, and cultural heritage.
The next scheduled meeting will take place in Paris, France, in 2018. Until then, we will keep you up-to-date on network news and activities. We are truly excited about the opportunity to participate in this valuable collaboration of language enthusiasts.
Read the official platform of the International Network of Language Museums here.
Academy of the Hebrew Language, Jerusalem, Israel
Canadian Language Museum, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Johnson’s House, London, England
Esperanto Museum, Vienna, Austria
Ivar Aasen Centre, Ørsta, Norway
Initiative für ein Museum der Sprachen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Institute of the Lithuanian Language, Vilnius, Lithuania
Mundolingua, Paris, France
Museum of Vuk and Dositej, Belgrade, Serbia
National Museum of Language, College Park, MD, USA
The English Project, Winchester, England
Photo Credit: janet galore