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The Same or Different – The Future of Museum Security (post 2020).

This free online webinar series offers ICMS members a chance to engage with key issues and emergent threats within the museum sector. The sessions will provide our community with an opportunity to raise awareness of key risks, platform international case studies and provide a forum for the exchange of best practice, as well as stimulating greater communication between our members through online collaboration.

Session 1: Lessons from Lockdown (Monday 29 March 2021, from 15:00 till 16:00 CEST.)
What have the experiences of 2020 taught us? How might we adapt our work to suit these new conditions? In this session we are joined by museum security professionals from Kenya, the US and the Netherlands to talk about how their institutions worked to protect their staff, collections and buildings during the covid pandemic.

Watch a recording of the event here.

Session 2: Emergent Risks to Collections (Monday 26 April 2021 from 15:00 till 16:00 CEST.)
What new problems are we facing as museum security professionals? How are we looking to address these risks within the sector? From financial cuts to our institutions to contested objects in our collections, from the online world of cyber crime to the very physical threat of climate change – we welcome colleagues from across the globe to discuss how they are tackling new threats that pose risks to their museums.

Watch a recording of the event here.

Session 3: Leading through Crisis (Monday 14th June, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST)
Our staff face numerous overlapping and competing challenges as they face any crisis. In this session we will explore how leadership can support staff through turbulent times, considering the health, morale, and overall wellbeing of their teams.

Watch a recording of the event here.

Session 4: Creating a Crisis Plan (Monday 28th June, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST)
What’s your plan? Whatever the size and scale of your museum, it’s important to make plans for how you would face a crisis. In this session we bring together case-studies from different museums from across the globe, exploring the process of creating and maintaining emergency plans and how we can apply them during a crisis

Watch a recording of the event here.

If you are interested in attending the webinars, please register by emailing and provide us with the following details:

  • First and last name
  • Job Role
  • Name of institution
  • ICOM Membership number
  • Able to understand English/ Spanish/ French/ other, such as ….
  • Email address where to receive the Zoom link to the webinar

Want to get involved?
We are looking for ICMS members to present at upcoming webinars. Speakers will be asked to present for 10 minutes on a topic of their choosing linked to the session’s theme, followed by participation in a roundtable discussion with other speakers on a panel. Presentations must be submitted and presented in English. If you are interested in presenting and joining one of the panels, please send a 200-word outline of your presentation to

The ICMS Board may invite participants from other ICOM Committees to enhance our discussions. If you know of individuals who you feel could make a valuable contribution to the series, please contact the above email address with your suggestion.

Upcoming Sessions will be announced via the ICMS mailing list, or contact for more information