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.
Board members of the Association:
President of the Association is Päivi Partanen from Lappeenranta Fortress Finland
Vice President is Mariusz Mierzwinski from Malbork Castle Poland
Second vice president is Bengt Kylsberg from Skokloster Castle Sweden
Other board members are from Russia Larissa Eleskina Suvorov Museum, from Estonia Andres Toode Narva castle, from Latvia Ina Line Bauska Castle, from Lithuania Virgilius Poviliunas Trakai Castle, from Germany Friederike von Cossel Eutin Castle, from Sweden Rebecka Enhörning and from Denmark Janus Møller Jensen Nyborg Castle.
Treasurer of the Association is Jouni Marjamäki from Häme Castle Finland.
Secretary of the Association is Christer Nilsson from Friends of Skokloster Castle Sweden.