Science and Research in the National Museum
In 2018, the National Museum’s staff continued the realization of their scientific research activities associated with the research objectives and projects funded by institutional and purpose-targeted subsidies. As in previous years, most results were created in the framework of Institutional Support for the Long-term Conceptual Development of Research Organizations (IP DKRVO), with a total of 60 research targets being realized in this area. Throughout the year, the research results were presented in the form of papers and posters at 70 domestic and 77 foreign conferences and workshops. Within the RIV collection (Results Information Register), the National Museum reported over 280 results, among which are, for example, 107 articles published in prestigious high-impact magazines and high-impact journals and 17 professional publications. Significant attention was paid to the popularization of research and education (e.g. lectures for the public, excursions, media output, exhibitions, etc.).
Within the framework of the 2017 evaluation of research organizations according to the new Methodology 17+, the institution achieved significant success in Module 2 - Evaluation of Selected Results, where two professional publications by the National Museum's staff got the highest possible score (mark 1) which means a top (world-leading) result. Namely, these were books by authors from the Historical Museum (Afghanistan. Rescued Treasures of Buddhism) and the Czech Museum of Music (Bedřich Smetana. Correspondence I. (1840–1862)) Four outputs from the National Museum were rated with mark 2, which means excellent – the book Three Years with the Maestro: an American remembers Antonín Dvořák, and Atlas of Egyptian Mummies in the Czech Collections I: Complete Adult Human Mummies; further, a specialized map with expert content, “Mapa historických knihoven na základě výzkumu proveniencí – Evropa” (Map of historical libraries based on provenance research – Europe), and the certified methodology “Metodika preventivní i sanační konzervace sbírkových předmětů z oblasti paleontologie a mineralogie ohrožených produkty degradace sulfidů” (Method of the preventive and remedial conservation of palaeontology and mineralogy collection items threatened by degradation of sulphides.
In 2018, the National Museum as a research institution received an initial evaluation for the purposes of the provision of institutional support from the state budget for the long-term conceptual development of research organizations under the Ministry of Culture for the years 2019 to 2023. For this evaluation, the National Museum presented a long-term concept of development of the National Museum research institution for 2019-2023, which, besides the parts analysing various scientific aspects, contained the definition of 26 research areas, 101 section targets and 352 trackable objectives, thus defining to certain extent the direction of science and research in the National Museum for the following 5 years. The whole application achieved the highest possible rating, which ensured the funding of research and development in the National Museum from IP DKRVO for the following five years. The National Museum has been placed in the category of “A – Excellent” research organizations. In 2018, the Scientific Council of the National Museum began its three-year mandate with the new composition of the Humanities and Natural History sections.
The research and scientific activities are also performed outside the specialized sections of the National Museum, as evidenced by the project implemented in the department of the Deputy Director General for Central Collection-building and Exhibition Activities.
The newly awarded NAKI project:
Development of modern parliamentary culture in the Czech lands and Czechoslovakia (period 2018–2022; principle investigator for the National Museum: doc. PhDr. Michal Stehlík, Ph.D.)
Ongoing NAKI projects:
Analysis, description and archiving of comprehensive information on the properties of objects of cultural heritage and the use of this information in restoration, conservation and research (2016–2020 period; principle investigator for the National Museum: Ing. Petra Štefcová, CSc.)
Ongoing internal grants:
Symbolic formation of the national landscape during the final phase of the 1860–1914 Czech national movement in the light of the collections of the National Museum (2017–2018 period; principle investigator for the National Museum: Mgr. Nina Milotová, Ph.D., PhDr. Markéta Kabelková, Ph.D.)