SITEM and the global museum
In preparation for the 26th edition, the founding principles of SITEM remain centred around the analysis and understanding of the global museum: its structure, its operation, its characteristics, its evolutions.
As showcased by the exhibitors, the SITEM has presented and analysed all the great technological evolutions of museums over the years. Today, everything is digital, the use of marketing is a given, and ticket offices are essential. A growing part of a museum’s activity is run much like a business. It is more and more important to create and develop their own resources. New objectives are being set and new players are getting involved. Transversality is now essential.
The SITEM is of course aware of the roles and permanent connections that museums have with their local areas. They have become attractive places to meet and have an important role to play in the local social life, sometimes even contributing to physical and mental health.
The SITEM has therefore most likely become the only event where public and private professionals from the cultural sector, the town council, the economy, territories and tourism can come together, share their expertise and work together. This will be a vital concept for the future.