The European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA), was presented on the 12th of May, at the 2018 Award Ceremony held in Warsaw, Poland at the Museum of the Polish Jews. European Museum Forum has awarded Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding with the Silletto Prize!
We were stunned and overwhelmed with emotions hearing the name of our Museum and asked to join the judges at the stage for the prize. The prize recognises excellence in working with the local community and involving volunteers which actually is the strength of our Museum.
“This is an excellent example of a museum which is an expression of the identity of a community, driven by vision, enthusiasm and commitment. Its collections have been donated by the people of the village, providing an insight into the traditional way of life linking the present and the past, and bringing younger and older people together.
Everyone involved in the museum’s activities, from the staff to the visitors, is strongly engaged with it. Because of its extraordinary commitment to social responsibility, it constitutes a model of relations between museum, community and local enterprises.“
The time spent in Warsaw was beautiful, we were in a really good company with our colleagues from the Vučedol Culture Museum and took some time for the sightseeing of the city. Everything was really exciting, and particularly productive for we have listened to all the wonderful museums presented at the conference, had an insight into their ideas and practises which was very inspiring.
We are proud and happy! The Museum also wishes to thank to all the volunteers and townspeople who are always supportive of our work, to everybody who participated in the work of the Museum, to all of you who congratulated and expressed your best wishes to us!
Thank you EMF! This award means so much, we will continue our work in the community and for it, we have lot of work to do in the upcoming period – of course we need to prepare ourselves for the next year’s ceremony until which we’ll hopefully have plenty to say about the influence this award made.
Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding