May 18 (Canadian-Media): International Museum Day (IMD) is being observed all across the globe today, May 18, with the theme “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums,” media reports said.
The focus of the theme, according to IMD is on the role of museums to promote peaceful relationships between people and to benefit society.
Museums are encouraged, by this theme, to actively and peacefully address traumatic histories through mediation and multiple points of view.
Saying the unspeakable in museums also gives us a broader understanding of the different aspects of the histories of the human race.
This theme also encourages us to accept disputed history and to reconcile our vision of a shared future.
IMD was established by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 to increase awareness in public about the role Museums play in the development of society.
Ever since then IMD had been steadily growing in popularity.
In 2016, IMD acquired a record-breaking participation of more than 35,000 museums hosting events in 145 countries.
On this day various creative events and activities related to the theme of IMD are planned by participating museums to teach the public that museums are a means of cultural heritage, responsible for development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among people.
The events planned to celebrate it can be for one day, a weekend or a whole week and all types of cultural institutions across the world are invited to join in this celebration
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)