ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF WORKLAB
23 November 2001 Arbejdermuseet, Copenhagen
Minutes (Myna Trustram)
Michael Parr, Torsten Nilsson (Arbetets Museum); Pete Brown, Sarah Gore, Catharine Rew (People’s History Museum); Anne-Lise Walsted, Peter Ludvigsen, Morten Bo Almstrup (Arbejdermuseet); Jürgen Ellermeyer (Museum der Arbeit); Udo Wiesinger (Museum Arbeitswelt); Eusebi Casanelles (Museu de la Ciencia i de la Tecnica de Catalunya); Elisabeth Tietmeyer (Museum of European Cultures, Berlin); Silke Vorst (Museumspädagogischer Dienst Berlin); Myna Trustram (Manchester); Annette Vasström (Nationalmuseet, Denmark)
1 Annual report
The principal activity over the last year has been the Migration, Work and Identity (MWI) project. MWI would not have been possible without Worklab. It is working well as Worklab’s first project, with the partners co-operating closely together. It was noted however that members who are not part of MWI have had little, apart from the conferences, in which to be involved.
It was suggested that members support DoMit (Documentation and Museum of Turkish Migration) in an application for EU funds.
There are 14 institutional and 16 personal members. Due to an administrative error, membership invoice has not been sent out but they will be soon.
Paper versions of the newsletter will continue to be produced. The design needs improving. Please provide contributions for the newsletter. The conference papers (Nov 2001) will be in the next issue which will appear in April/May 2002
The possibility of formally establishing closer links with TICCIH was discussed. TICCIH would like to have more representation of the social side of industrial heritage and suggests that Worklab becomes a section. Eusebi Casanelles (Chair of TICCIH) was asked to send members information on TICCIH’s activities. It was suggested that links between the websites could be made and that Worklab’s chairperson goes onto TICCIH’s board. Agreement is needed before 2003, when TICCIH’s next congress will be held. Members were asked to come to the next meeting with further ideas on possible co-operation.
5 Worklab’s programme after MWI
A few ideas were discussed:
- Collaboration with new members of EU when it expands in 2004
- Collaboration with IHP (International Heritage Protection) a Nordic organisation which has documented a match factory in Lithuania.
- A project on the theme of the relationship between individuals and the state e.g. the welfare state
- Try to encourage members from Mediterranean countries
6 Board members
Existing members except the½ Swedish have accepted re-election for another term. Udo Wiesinger was elected new member. Myna Trustram is secretary, Annette Vasström is treasurer with Morten Bo Almstrup as accountant, and Peter Ludvigsen is chair.
The income statement for 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2000 and 1 Jan – 23 Nov 2001 was accepted.