The Ethics Working Group was formed in 2006 at the international conference and AGM held at the National Museum in Wellington, New Zealand. Its mandate was to consider ethical topics facing natural history museums, to create a standard of best practice, and initiate projects of special interest.

This blog is a forum for people to share their ideas about ethics in museums, focusing on (but not necessarily restricted to) natural history.

This blog is moderated by Dr Eric Dorfman, Chair ICOM NATHIST Ethics Working Group.

The image on the front cover is by Christopher Glenn, “Japanese Museum of fantastic Specimen” Found here: sow.ggnet.co.jp/, via http://www.pinktentacle.com/


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  1. Dr. Eric Dorfman:

    Dear Eric,

    How are you? Congratulations on the recent launch of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Natural History Museums. This will be very valuable for museums in our country, especially those operating in significant natural history sites and communities. May we know if you are open to conducting workshops on this, in partnership with national committees?

    Moreover, I am keen on organizing a Disatser Preparedness and Man made risks conference/workshop in the Philippines early next year, in the wake of the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged several cultural heritage buildings, including churches in a tourist area in Central Philippines. We have had a series of calamities as well, including typhoons, flooding, etc. As an active member of the Blue Shield, would you be able to help me develop this program with the end in sight of establsihing the Blue Shield program in the Philippines?

    Once again, congratulations and Godspeed!

    Gina Barte

    • Dear Gina,

      Thank you for your kind words. So far, the only public presentations have been in New Zealand, which is where I’m based. We could certainly look to doing more, assuming there was funding out there to facilitate it.

      I’m certainly happy to share our experiences in New Zealand around setting up the Blue Shield programme. The latest updates on our work are here: http://icomnewzealand.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/update-on-activity-for-blue-shield-new-zealand/ I presented this at the ICOM New Zealand conference last month. Do you have all the ICOM pillar organisations represented in the Philippines (ICOM, IFLA, ICA, ICOMOS, CCAAA)? The first step is to get them together as a working group.

      Please feel free to contact me directly about any specific questions you have.

      Kind regards,


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