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ACCU end conference in Athens 14.-15.6.2007

We have the pleasure to invite you to our conference "Cultural Heritage for
All: removing barriers, creating experiences" on June 14th - 15th, 2007, in
Athens. The conference is being organized by the Byzantine & Christian
Museum, within the framework of the CULTURE 2000 Project "ACCU: Access to
Cultural Heritage".

The conference, by bringing together people working in the cultural heritage
sector with the end users, wishes to discuss the various types of access
barriers -physical, sensory, intellectual, social and cultural- as well as
current international trends and perspectives on how to improve access. In
the same spirit, the products of the ACCU project will be presented, as
concrete results of a fruitful cooperation in a European level. A panel
discussion with culture experts and representatives of people with
disabilities will conclude the conference, having as main goal to discuss
about museums and the issues of equality.

The conference will take place in the Byzantine & Christian Museum in
Athens. The official languages of the conference will be Greek and English.
To guarantee optimum preparation for all guests, please send your
registrations by 30th May 2007, attention to Ms Artemis Stamatelou
(artemis_sta@yahoo.com). For the latest information on the conference,
please see the ACCU-Homepage http://www.accessculture.org
<http://www.accessculture.org/> .

We will be glad to see you in Athens, and join our effort to raise awareness
on accessibility to cultural heritage.


ACCU Closing Conference: Agenda

"Cultural Heritage for All: removing barriers, creating experiences" June
14th - 15th, 2007 Βyzantine & Christian Museum, Athens

Thursday, June 14th 2007

9:00 - 9:30 Registration

9:30 - 10:00 Welcoming speech - Dr Dimitrios Konstantios, Director of the
Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens, Greece

10:00 - 10:20 Opening Speech - Mr. Antonios Kosmopoulos, Head of Unit, the
European Commission - Directorate General for Education and Culture

10:20 - 10:40 Opening Speech - Tapani Sainio, ACCU project leader, National
Board of Antiquities, Finland

10:40 - 11:00 COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 1: "Cultural heritage for all. What keeps us from making it happen?"

Moderator: Dr Dimitrios Konstantios (BCM Director)

11:00 - 11:20 Yiannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability
Forum, "From paternalism to the equal participation of people with
disabilities to social, economic, political and cultural life" (working

11:20 - 11:40 Dimitra Asideri, President of "Lighthouse for the Blind"
Organization - Director of the Athens Tactual Museum, "Tactual Museum. A
different approach of our cultural heritage".

11:40 - 12:00 Cyrille Gouyette, access manager, Musée du Louvre

12:00 - 12:30 discussion

12:30 - 14:00 BUFFET LUNCH

SESSION 2: "ACCU Pilot actions: highlights and challenges"

Moderator: Ms Minna Karvonen (Head of Development, National Board of
Antiquities, Finland)

14:00 - 14:15 Dr Helena Edgren, National Board of Antiquities, Finland,
"Louhisaari Manor - from protected to accessible historical monument"

14:15 - 14:30 Eeva Rantamo, project coordinator, Landesamt für Kultur und
Denkmalpflege (State Authority for Culture and Preservation of Monuments)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, "Exploring religious Monuments with all

14:30 - 14:45 Pat Reynolds, Surrey Heritage Manager, Surrey County Council &
Jake Bowers, Pilot Action Project Manager, Surrey Museums Consultative
Committee Roads to Your Past - Travellers Heritage.

14:45 - 15:00 Mette Jakobsen, Curator Fetsund Lenser, Norway, "Best Practice
for All".

15:00 - 15:15 Nikolaos Konstantios, Artemis Stamatelou, Yannis Stavrinos,
Zoi Charalampidou, "Museum for the Many: the pilot action of the Byzantine &
Christian Museum" (working title)

15:15 - 15:45 COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 3: "trends, perspectives and networks"

Moderator: Ms Diana Walters (Programme co-ordinator of the International
Museum Studies, Göteborg University, Sweden)

15:45 - 16:05 Sari Salovaara, Project Adviser, Finnish National
Gallery/Culture for All Service

16:05 - 16:25 Marcus Weisen - Policy Adviser, Inclusion and Communities
Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)

16:25 - 16:45 Rebecca McGinnis, access manager, MET

16:45 - 17:30 discussion / closing day one

Friday, June 15th 2007

SESSION 4: «The situation in Greece»

Moderator: Ms Teti Hadjinicolaou (President of the Hellenic National
Committee of ICOM)

9:00 - 9:20 Yiannis Polichroniou, Hellenic Ministry of Culture,
Accessibility Office

9:20 - 9:40 Maria Pantou, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Directorate of
Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programmes

9:40 - 10:00 Amalia Tsitouri, Archaeologist - Museologist, Hellenic Ministry
of Culture Hellenic representative at the International Committee for
Education and Cultural Action, of the International Council of Museums (ICOM
- CECA), "Developing an educational policy for special audiences: an
on-going challenge for Greek museums".

10:00 - 10:20 Marily Christophi, representative of the Greek disability
movement, accessibility expert, "Cultural Heritage for all. The situation in
Greece. Challenges and opportunities"

10:40 - 10:40 discussion

10:40 - 11:00 COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 5: «From theory to practice»

Moderator: Marcus Weisen (Policy Adviser, Inclusion and Communities Museums,
Libraries and Archives Council)

11:00 - 11:20 Dejan Maslikovic - Serbian Ministry for Culture

11:20 - 11:40 Doris Prenn - Austria

11:40 - 12:00 Stathis Gotsis, Historian - Panos Vosnidis, Archaeologist,
Byzantine & Christian Museum - Educational Programmes Office, "Museum
educational activities for all: From theory to practice".

12:00 - 12:20 Rodica Pop, Head of the Programmes, Image and Computer Lab,
Maramures County Museum Romania, "E-MUSEOLOGY. New Technologies For Virtual

12:20 - 12:45 discussion

12:45 - 14:00 BUFFET LUNCH

SESSION 6: «ACCU products presentation»

Moderator: Amalia Tsitouri (Archaeologist - Museologist, Hellenic Ministry
of Culture)

14:00 - 14:15 Mette Jakobsen, Curator Fetsund Lenser, Norway,"Web

14:15 - 14:30 Lalage Grundy, Surrey Museums Consultative Committee, United
Kingdom, "The ACCU Travelling exhibition"

14:30 - 14:45 Helena Hyvarinen, Media Producer/Writer, Finnish National
Gallery/Kehys, Finland, "The ACCU DVD"

14:45 - 15:00 discussion

15:00 - 15:30 COFFEE BREAK

15:30 - 16:30 Panel discussion: "What possibilities and responsibilities lie
ahead? Museums and the issues of equality"

Moderator: Sari Salovaara (Finnish National Gallery/Culture for All Service)

Panel: Tapani Sainio, ACCU project leader (National Board of Antiquities,
Finland) Marcus Weisen, Policy Adviser (Inclusion and Communities Museums,
Libraries and Archives Council) Marily Christophi, representative of the
Greek disability movement, accessibility expert. Yiannis Polichroniou
(Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Accessibility Office).

17:00 - 18:00 closing event


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