National Heritage Board of Estonia
National Heritage Board is a governmental institution in Estonia operating on two intertwined fields – heritage protection and museums. Its main tasks include organising heritage protection, implementing museum policy and promoting cooperation between the cultural heritage institutions in Estonia, the latter being attained by organising trainings and seminars and providing guidelines for the professionals working in the heritage sector.
National Heritage Board is also responsible for developing and maintaining of two state-owned information systems – the National Registry of Cultural Monuments and the Museum Information System.
ICOM Estonia was founded in 1992 and brings to ICOM more than 200 individual members and around 10 institutional members in Estonia.
ICOM Estonia encourages its members to participate in international committee meetings by granting subsidies for travel grants. In addition, communication with the public on the subject of museums is listed as important.
At the moment, ICOM Estonia’s activities are related to the promotion of museological knowledge through seminars and conferences, the organisation of Museum Nights and Museum Days, and the translations of museological texts into Estonian. ICOM Estonia cooperates with the Estonian Museum Association and other organisations with related interests.