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IATM Newsletter | #01 2024
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Against all odds

As a network, IATM wants you to benefit from knowledge exchange among its members. Thus, this newsletter is dedicated to them and their current exhibtions. As well as our Call for Papers to the next IATM conference "Museums in Danger". So we can keep learning from each other and find support in times of crisis.

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Call for Papers – Is/Was Your Museum in Danger?

For its annual conference "Museums in Danger" IATM invites innovative and forward-thinking paper presentations on the manifold areas of museums in crisis. How do or did threats of war, cyber attacks, budget cuts, theft or other effect your museums? Share your experiences and solutions with us in September in Finland!

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What's new? – News from IATM

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Connect with IATM on LinkedIn. Our newly opened account will serve as a virtual hub for shared knowledge and vivid exchange!

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IATM Board shares recent topics & decisions

What is the IATM Board up to? By publishing its recent meeting minutes online, the Board aims to share current topics with its community and foster exchange.

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Which exhibitions to expect at IATM's member institutions!

We asked IATM members to share current or upcoming exhibitions. Have a look at what’s (about to be) on throughout the world:

The Hunt for the Last Steam

Until September 2024

The Danish photographer René Strandbygaard has travelled the world for many years, photographing the last steam trains in regular use. In search of pockets of time and environments that were just a few years, months or even weeks away from disappearing. See some of his most impressive photos at the Danish Railway Museum in Odense, Denmark.

An Approach

Until 1 September 2024

A successful culture of debate is a prerequisite both for resolving private conflicts & negotiating in society. It's essential for a vibrant democracy. ARGUMENTS. An Approach at Museum for Communication Frankfurt (Germany) looks at the developments, challenges and relevance of "dispute" from a historical, communicative, political and personal perspective.

Continue the debate

Image: © Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt, Foto: Stefanie Koesling


Retro or Rubbish - Life Cycles of Electronics

Until 25 January 2025

Explore the evolution of home electronics at Mastola's "Retro or Rubbish" exhibition.

Witness the transformation of radio and TV mechanics and confront the alarming rise in electronic waste.
A poignant journey through a century of innovation and its environmental impact.
Open for exchange at  the Radio and TV Museum in Lahti, Finland.

Take it or leave it?

Image: Karoliina Redsven, Photo Collection of Lahti City Museums

SANTINI and his World of Architecture

Until 5 January 2025

"Santini and his World of Architecture (1723-2023)" is dedicated to the exceptional baroque architect, and author of the "Baroque gothic".
On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his death on 7 December 1723, the exhibition at the Czech National Technical Museum (Prague, Czech Republic) looks at his concepts, and work.


Image: National Technical Museum, Czech Republic

Hi Human – Do You Trust Me?

March - May 2024

The year 2023 was historic: The development of artificial intelligence was present throughout society. How do we humans relate to this technology? ENIGMA - Museum of Communication (Copenhagen, Denmark) invites you to experience how AI can be both a helping hand and a disruptive force. The dynamic exhibition and programme take on concerns, questions, challenges, and expertise.

Challenge AI

Image: Key Visual of the exhibition, ENIGMA


21 March 2024 - 5 January 2025

They plundered, pillaged, and murdered on their search for booty. Pirates were the curse of the high seas! Or were they rather noble, courageous buccaneers in pursuit of adventure and freedom? What do we really know about how pirates lived and their success?
What is true, and what is myth?
Find out at Dresden Transport Museum (Germany)!

Read on

Image: Key visual of the special exhibition, Verkehrsmuseum Dresden

Main exhibition at the Finnish Aviation Museum

open Tue-Fri, open daily from 31 May - 31 August

The Finnish Aviation Museum is an exciting destination for the whole family in Vantaa, near Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL). Dozens of historical aircrafts in our two exhibition halls will take you through the history of Finnish aviation! Simulator flights are available by pre-order (book at least one week in advance).

Take flight

Image: City of Vantaa

Railway: Revolution and Everyday Life

Opening 21 March 2024

"Railway: Revolution and Everyday Life" is the new (revised) railway exhibition in the German Technical Museum's (Berlin, Germany) permanent exhibition. It shows how rail transport fundamentally and forever changed the lives of all people. The revised exhibition covers the period from the beginnings of the railroad 200 years ago to 1914.

Get aboard

Image: New entry to the exhibition inside the historical engine sheds. SDTB, photo: M. Rapp

Göschenen Makes National History: the 1882 railway tunnel 

Re-opening May 2024

The Swiss Industrial Heritage’s open-air exhibit in Göschenen, Switzerland tells the story of the Gotthard railway tunnel’s construction. Including the sighting tunnel with a blasting show – the strike of 1875. Unlike any other place along the Gotthard railway, the bridges in Göschenen illustrate the development of traffic from the mule track to the road and the railway.

Dig in!

Image: Blasting show, SIH

Cold War Scotland

13 July 2024 - 26 January 2025

A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland) will explore Scotland's critical position on the frontline of the Cold War. Over 190 objects, many on display for the first time, will be brought together in Cold War Scotland to tell the stories of the Scots at the centre of this global conflict. 

Image: Polaris Demonstration at Holy Loch, 3rd Feb 1961, Trinity Mirror Mirrorpix Alamy Stock Photo

Next to the beach - Rides in historic tramways and on a historic branch line railway

Esp. end of May -beginning of September

Located next to the Baltic Sea, the only museum with running historic tramways and historic railways in one place welcomes experts and spectators alike. The former station Schönberger Strand of the Kleinbahn Kiel-Schönberg (1914-1975) now houses among others coaches and locomotives from 1898 to 1960 in running condition. Trams from cities in northern Germany invite visitors to an introduction in the art of tramway driving. Further rides can be booked with the Museumsbahnen Schönberger Strand.

Take a ride

There’s even more! Check the first part of our article series for further information and additional exhibitions.

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