The idea to create a cooperation between Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea originated at Malbork, a small town in northern Poland in 1990 as a result of the new political situation in Europe. The initiative came from a Frenchman living in Poland and running a big company which had it´s base at Malbork. He got into contact with the director at Malbork Castle and together they invited a large number of museum directors from all the different countries around the Baltic Sea for a first discussion.
The Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea was founded at Malbork Castle in July 1991 and regulations were adopted, incorporating nine countries around the Baltic Sea. In each country there are different member Castles/Museums, all welcome to send delegates to a General Assembly. The General Assembly which is normally held in Malbork elects one delegate from each country to form a board and the General Assembly also elects a President and a Treasurer for the Association. The director at Malbork Castle is the permanent Vice President. The board meets at least twice a year and with different hosting castle.
The Association is a non-political and non-profitable organization. The aim of the Association is to promote cooperation and to increase the understanding of the cultural heritage between castles and museums around the Baltic Sea. The aim is to establish a network for teaching and learning amongst colleagues from similar castles and museum collections.The six pillars of the Association are research, education, restoration, management, marketing and tourism.
Ina Line, Latvia
Chairman of the Board
Mariusz Mierzwinsk, Poland
Vice Chairman of the Board
Bengt Kylsberg, Sweden
Second Vice Chairman of the Board
Carsten Porskrog Rasmussen, Denmark
Friedrike von Cossel, Germany
Vladimir Tsoy, Russia
Virgilius Poviliunas, Lithuania
Kaire Tooming, Estonia
Päivi Partanen, Finland
Christer Nilsson, Sweden
Secretary for the Association
Jouni Marjamäki, Finland