Future-proofing numismatics in museums: issues of conservation and collections management
In memory of Mando Oeconomides
3-6 October 2018, Numismatic Museum, Athens, Greece
We are ICOM’s committee for museums of numismatics (solely or as part of a larger museum) and museums of financial and economic institutions.
This year we celebrate 25 years of international meetings since the committee’s establishment in 1994 under the late Mando Oeconomides.
The 25th Annual ICOMON meeting is organised in collaboration with the Numismatic Museum in Athens, where Mando Oeconomides was director for 30 years. The establishment of the Museum’s Conservation Department as well as the move of its collections to its current premises, the Iliou Melathron, were made possible thanks to her dedicated service and devotion.
We invite old and new members, ICOMON friends and anyone with an interest in numismatics and museums to joins us in Athens for a four-day day programme of keynote talks, presentations, round table discussions and cultural events. We hope to see you there!
3 October 2018
In 2018 ICOMON celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion and commemorate ICOMON’s first president, Mando Oeconomides, we are organising a conference dedicated to the very issues that sparked the committee’s inception in the early 1990s. ICOMON’s mandate is to provide a forum for communication, co-operation and information exchange on museological aspects of numismatic or monetary museums and museums of financial and economic institutions.
Co-organised with the Numismatic Museum in Athens, Greece, the XXV Annual ICOMON Meeting aims to:
We welcome presentations that meet the conference aims from ICOMON members and anyone working with numismatic and money collections in a museum or academic setting with a focus on:
The Call for Papers in now closed.
The conference programme will be published in mid September.
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We are delighted to announce that ICOMON is offering two grants for the XXV Annual Meeting, courtesy of ICOM Paris.
Grant 1 – Presentation subsidy
One ICOMON member presenting a paper in the 25th Annual ICOMON Meeting will receive subsidy of up to 1,025EUR to cover airfare, accommodation, one meeting pass and day trip ticket. The grant will provide assistance for airfare (in the most reasonable level of Economy Class), accommodation for the duration of the Meeting and registration fees. Insurance coverage, visa costs, local transportation, meals and other expenses related to the member’s participation will not be covered by this grant, in any circumstances.
Grant 2 -Attendance subsidy
One ICOMON member who will attend the XXV Annual ICOMON Meeting will receive a free early-bird Annual Meeting Pass (135EUR) and a ticket for the Day Trip to Lavrio and Sounio (40EUR). The grantee will have to cover all other expenses (travel, accommodation, insurance coverage, visa costs, local transportation, meals and other expenses related to the members’ participation) with own means. ICOMON will not cover other expenses in any circumstances
The Numismatic Museum in Athens is one of the oldest public museums in Greece, established in 1834 along with the National Archaeological Museum. The Museum has some 500,000 artefacts in its collections, with approximately 15,000 items currently on display. The collections consist of Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval and Modern coins, sealings, metal weights, lead seals, medals, miniature sculptures and metalwork. Among the Museum’s holdings, over 190,000 coins make up 670 hoards dating from antiquity up to the 20th century.
Today the Numismatic Museum is housed in the restored Iliou Melathron (the Palace of Troy), a late 19th century neoclassical building by Ernst Ziller, which used to be Heinrich Schliemmann’s residence. Iliou Melathron is renowned for its ornate decorations. The wall and ceiling frescoes are inspired by Pompeian imagery and scenes from ancient greek literature. The floors are covered in mosaics that depict findings from Schliemmann’s excavations. The metalwork around the building is of equal quality. Throughout the 19th and up until the second half of the 20th century, the Numismatic Museum had been part of the National Library, the National Academy, the University of Athens and the National Archaeological Museum respectively.
The Museum’s first Director, Achilleas Postolakas (1856-1888), put the foundations of its development and left a significant numismatic legacy. He introduced systematic documentation, made several acquisitions, and published numismatic papers and collection catalogues. His legacy was upheld by all subsequent keepers.
Mando Oeconomides becomes the Museum’s Director in 1964, whilst it was still housed in the National Archaeological Museum. For the next forty years or so, Oeconomides works tirelessly to make the Museum a centre of numismatic excellence. A designated Conservation Department is set up in the 1970s and remains one of the Museum’s strongest assets to date. The first educational programmes, which mark a breakthrough for numismatics ourteach, are organised by the Museum’s curators in the 1980s.
In 1998, after lengthy and extended restorations, the Numismatic Museum opens its permanent galleries on the first floor of the Iliou Melathron. The logistical challenge of moving the Museum’s full collections, equipment and library was eventually completed in the early 200os. In 2007, several more permanent galleries open on the second floor. Since then, the Numismatic Museum has become a hub of cultural activity for tourists and locals alike with diverse shows, events and programmes hosted in its premises.
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Organising & Scientific Committee
Dr Georgios Kakavas, Director of the Numismatic Museum
Eleni Zapiti, Archaeologist-Curator, ICOMON Chair
Teti Hadjinikolaou, Historian-Ethnologist, Head of Modern Cultural Heritage Directorate, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, ICOM Greece Chair
Dr Effrosyni Nomikou, Museologist-Archaeologist, UCL Research Associate, ICOMON Secretary
Yorka Nikolaou, Historian-Numismatist, Numismatic Museum
Voula Kalliodi, Archaeologist, ICOM Greece Secretary
Dr Evangeline Markou, Numismatist, Senior Researcher, National Hellenic Research Foundation
Niki Katsikosta, Conservator, Numismatic Museum
Eleni Kontou, Conservator, Numismatic Museum
Eleni Naki, Museum Educator, Numismatic Museum
Margarita Sorotou, Conservator, Numismatic Museum
Wendalina Karagiannis, Exhibition Developer, Numismatic Museum
Nikos Sougles, IT Support, Numismatic Museum