Fund for Museum Development
An archaeologist deeply rooted in contemporary society
These characteristics he brought forward in his contributions while working internationally on museum issues. He was instrumental in building SAMP, Swedish African Museum Programme, (from September 2008 Samp the intercontinental museum network), the Swedish - South African Partnership Programme, as well as strengthening the Swedish chapter of ICOM (International Council of Museums). By inspiring and being inspired by other experiences and knowledge he set out to investigate new visions for present and future museums; museums in close contact with contemporary society and its needs and wishes.
The Work of Hans Manneby
During the 1970s the system of County Museums was introduced which provided a platform for Hans Manneby’s endeavours for many years. While he was still a student he alternated courses in archaeology, ethnology, sociology and history with various commissions in the cultural sphere. He received considerable inspiration and encouragement from the legendary Swedish archaeologist Carl-Axel Moberg while studying in Gothenburg.
In the years following graduation Hans Manneby held a number of posts in different parts of Sweden while also continuing to study. However, under the pressure of his professional duties in the museum field, in due course he abandoned his doctoral studies.
In 1987 Hans Manneby was appointed director of the Västgöta/Skaraborg County Museum and in 1992 he became director of the Bohuslän County Museum, Uddevalla. It was as director of county museums that Hans Manneby created his working methodology and his vision of the place of museums in contemporary life. Planned development of the operations, long-term and systematic development for staff and organization, new museum premises with new activities to profile the museum as well as a number of major development projects are among his successes in the museum field. He was also responsible for various official reports with regard to Swedish museums and international aspects of the museum sector. His last major challenge was that of creating “Västarvet” which was to be an organization devoted to the natural and cultural heritage of the Västra Götaland region of Sweden. Sadly, he died before he was able to complete the project.
Hans Manneby combined visionary ideas with a pragmatic approach to change and development. To achieve clear results and give museums a prominent place in society was important to him. In what may well have been intended as the start of a more carefully considered policy declaration he wrote: “Theoretical and political statements about culture and reality have something in common. They often cease in mid-stride and remain hanging in the air. And so they seldom inspire or challenge us. Thus it is wiser for a hardened empiricist to seek his point of departure in what actually exists.”
Hans Manneby certainly followed this advice with a large measure of curiosity about the overriding social contexts and perspectives, with faith in the important, international function of museums and with the mind-set of “never, ever giving up”. Thus he still has something to say to everyone who wants to improve and develop museum operations.
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