The European Museum of the Year Awards
Innovation in European Museums
Every year the most innovative museums in Europe gather at the EMYA Conference and Awards Ceremony to showcase their work, to network, and to learn from each other. This is a unique opportunity for those who are planning to create a new museum or to renew an existing one, to learn about the latest developments in the public quality of museums.
This year more than 40 museums will present their work and discuss the following themes: Museums and big ideas; Museums engaging with local contexts; Museums and new approaches to art and culture; Museums of transport and technology; Museums and new narratives of history and identity; Museums and narratives of conflict and war; Museums and the environment; Museums presenting unique heritage; Museums and world history; and Museums and literature.
This conference will also feature a Kenneth Hudson Prize Winners Panel – a panel of previous winners of this prize. The Kenneth Hudson Prize is awarded for the most daring and innovative achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in society.
Three days of panels, presentations, workshops and lectures! | The full schedule will be announced soon.
WELCOME TO SARAJEVO
EMYA 2019 is hosted by the War Childhood Museum – winner of the Council of Europe Museum Prize 2018!
EMYA is delighted to announce that its annual conference will take place in one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. Over the past century Sarajevo has played a pivotal role in the history of the continent. In 1914, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand precipitated the First World War and marked the beginning of the 20th century for Europe. In 1984, the city hosted the Winter Olympic Games celebrating unity and diversity, two things that are at heart of Sarajevo’s identity. However, less than 10 years later, Sarajevo was under terrible siege for more than three years during the War of 1992 -1995. After the war ended, it was widely recognized as a symbol of life, love, and a place where European values were successfully defended.
Once known as the “European Jerusalem” for its religious diversity, Sarajevo began reinventing itself at the end of the War and the beginning of 21st century, striving to become a modern European metropolis. Today, this vibrant, dynamic city, with a rich and turbulent past, continues to inspire artists and researchers from across the world. The city welcomes visitors with its well-known charm. The city is one of the best places in Europe to discuss shared values and challenges, and to explore the future roles of museums in society. The conference will include evening receptions in some of the Sarajevo’s most interesting museums and an opportunity to explore the city.
Speakers will be announced soon.
The European Museum of the Year Award
The European Museum of the Year Award Scheme
The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) was founded in 1977, by Kenneth Hudson and Richard Hoggart, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, in order to recognise excellence in the European museum sector, stimulate the international exchange of ideas and create networks of inspiration. EMYA works within an overall framework, provided by the European Museum Forum, of a commitment to citizenship, democracy and human rights, to bridging cultures and social and political borders, and to sustainability. The different awards within the EMYA scheme reflect different aspects of these values.
Every year, a rigorous judging process involves visits to up to 50 museums, culminating in an annual conference with up to 300 leading museum professionals, at which the candidates present their museums, the winners are announced, and the underlying values and innovative ideas in the European museum field are discussed, renewed and reinterpreted.
THE EUROPEAN MUSEUM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Founded in 1977, this is the oldest and most prestigious museum award in Europe. It goes to a museum which demonstrates excellence across all aspects of its functions, but especially in Public Quality.
THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE MUSEUM PRIZE
This prestigious prize is awarded by the Council of Europe, in partnership with EMYA, to a museum which addresses contemporary issues and demonstrates a commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
THE KENNETH HUDSON AWARD
This award is given by the EMF Board to a museum, person, project or a group of people who have demonstrated the most unusual, daring and, perhaps, controversial achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museum in the society.
THE SILLETTO PRIZE
This prize is sponsored by the Silletto Foundation and goes to a museum which has in the past three years demonstrated excellence in involving its local community or working with volunteers.
THE PORTIMÃO MUSEUM PRIZE
This prize is sponsored by the Municipality of Portimao, Portugal and is awarded to the most welcoming museum.
A number of Special Commendations will also be given to museums that have developed an innovative aspect of their public service and from which other European museums can learn. In 2019, a Special Commendation for Sustainability in Museums will be offered by Meyvaert Glass Engineering.
Number of places is limited. Book your place now.
Early Bird Fee
Before February 28
Before March 31
Last Minute Fee
After April 1