XXVI General Assembly Tukums, Latvia

Welcome to the XXVI General Assembly of Association of the Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea „Castles and Collections, Collections and Castles”, which will take a place in Tukums, Latvia, on September 7-9, 2016.

Collecting issues and use of the collection is a key concept in the museums since their beginning. Castles and museums around the Baltic Sea have rich and diverse collections – some of them are connected only with a particular castle, some are created for the particular castle.

In many cases, the collections situated in the castle are wider than theme and period of the castle and the castle is only a place for the museum. There are also cases when the castle did not have its own collection and the museum needs to look for new approaches. 

The aim of the conference day in Tukums is to stimulate reflection and debate about the relationship between collections and castles and the museum’s mission in the contemporary society, the nature of documentation and interpretation of the collections in the castle museums, to reflect upon the process of communication and the working practices of the museums situated in the castles.

The participants of the XXVI General Assembly of Association of the Castles and Museums around the Baltic Seaare invited to reconsider their collections in the context of the theme and museum’s mission, the needs of their target groups, in order to answer questions: Does the collection always helps to explain the castle. How does the museum manage in cases when the castle houses a big collection not related to the building history? What are approaches to the interpretation of the collections situated in the castle and the castle collections? What are communication strategies of the castles and the museums? How the museums and castles can benefit from digitalisation and modern technologies? How can the castles and the museums around the Baltic Sea cooperate in order to reflect on the Baltic common heritage?

We kindly ask all the participants to take some small symbolic object with them, which is importantand has a specific meaning for the particular castle and/or the collection. These objects will be used in order to tell stories and share experiences during the Session 2, to communicate the theme in the context of the above-mentioned issues.

Mrs. Päivi Partanen, president of the Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea

Mrs Agrita Ozola, director of Tukums museum  





Wednesday, September 7


17.00 Board meeting of the Associationat the Durbe Manor,M. Parka Street 7, Tukums

19.00 Official opening of the General Assembly by president of the Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea,Mrs. Päivi Partanen and Mayor of Tukums District Council Mr Ēriks Lukmans

Welcome dinner at Durbe Manor house,M. Parka Street 7, Tukums 

21.00 Torchlight procession



Thursday, September 8

Tukums, Durbe Manor house, M. Parka Street 7


9.30 Registration

10.00 Opening of the conference on the subject “Castles and Collections, Collections and Castles”. Moderator Ina Līne.

10.05 Mrs. Päivi Partanen, president of the Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea

10.15 Agrita Ozola, Director of the Tukums museum. Latvia. Introduction in the collecting issues in the museums.

10.40 Ojārs Spārītis, Latvia. Educative and pragmatic issues of the cultural heritage.

11.00 Cofee

11. 30 Session 1. Moderator Paivi Partanen.

11.30  Ina Līne, Dainis Bruģis. Latvia. Musealisation of a castle and musealisation in the castle. How to manage issues of the collecting in the castle museum.

12.00 Reija Eeva. Finland. Public interface Finna in Lappeenranta Museums. Cooperation in the field of the collecting, research and interpretation of the collections.

12.20 Ivo Posti, Estonia.Digitalisation of museums collections. Case of Museums Public Portal in Estonia.

12.40 Discussions.

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Session 2. Moderator Agrita Ozola.

Interactive session: All participants share their best practises in the field of the collecting, interpretation and representation of collections using symbolic objects and/or photos. In case of many participants parallel sessions will be held.

14.00 Grzegorsz Stasielovicz. Poland. Modern scenography and new technologies in former Teutonic Knights Castle in Podamcze.

14.15 Ints Bērziņš, Latvia. Museum-technology-visitor-the story. Case of Cēsis Castle and Ventspils Castle.

14.30. Discussions.

15.00 Presentations of Haapsalu and Laanemaa museums and Malbork castle.

15.30 Discussions and conclusions.

16.00 Cofee

16.30 Short excursion around the Durbe Manor

17.00 Departure to the hotel

18.00 Departure to the Pastariņš museum (Zentenes pagasts “Bisnieki”, Tukuma novads)

18.30 Programme together with folk group “Avots” under leadership of Anita Stikāne and dinner

21.00 Departure to Tukums

21.30 Arrival in Tukums 



Friday, September 9


8.30 Departure to Rundāle Palace museum (Pilsrundāle, Rundāles pagasts, Rundāles novads)

10.30 Guided tour around the Rundāle Palace museum

13.00 Lunch at restaurant “Ozollāde”, Rundāle Palace museum cafe

14.00 Departure to Bauska Castle (Pilskalns, Bauska, Bauska novads)

14.30 Bauska Castle -The XXVI General Assembly of the Association

17.00 Guided tour around the Bauska Castle

19.00 Dinner at Bauska Castle cafe

21.00 Departure to Tukums

23.00 Arrival in Tukums



Saturday, September 10


8.00 Departure to Ventspils

10.00 Arrival at Ventspils and coffe

10.30 Excursion around the Ventspils Castle

12.00 Lunch 

14.00 Departure to Kuldīga

15.00 Arrival in Kuldīga, excursion at Kuldīga District museum

16.00 Coffee at restaurant “Bangerts” Pils street 1, Kuldīga

17.00 Free time. Walk around the Old Town

18.00 Departure to Tukums

19.30 Arrival in Tukums