"The Evolving Role of Peace Museums in the 21st Century"
Part One of a three-part UNITAR Hiroshima Roundtable Series in 2009
Mr Koichiro Maeda has been working for the Hiroshima City Government since 1974. He served as Deputy Chief of the Museum from 1994, then acted as director of the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, assuming his current post in 2006.
The role of museums as repositories of memory is particularly relevant in
Questions considered during this Roundtable included the context of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and its evolution; the designation of the Atomic Bomb Dome as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the resulting impact upon the Museum itself; the role of the Museum, as the bombing and the Hibakusha themselves become distant over time and; how the museum is looking to adapt to the global age while retaining its unique spirit.