Hello, In the recent months, there have been a number of projets in which a number of local chapters of Wikimedia came into contact with museums and were granted access to the reserves for photographs to be realised. Proeminent examples are the British Museum, and the Natural history museum of Toulouse.
On a purely personal level, I have recently had a very positive experience with the Military Musem of Morges, where photography is allowed without a flash but where tripods are OK. You can see some of the results here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Rama/Château_de_Morges I have had a little chat with one of the conservators of the museum, and he was quite knowledgeable and friendly towards Wikimedia projects (actually he used some of our material). I have recently visited the Landesmuseum in Zurich, where photography is not allowed, which is a shame because there are a number of interesting items. Would Wikimedia-CH be interested in setting up a little lobbying campaign aimed at museums to obtain autorisation to photographs their collections ? We have a number of quite capable photographs available in Switzerland, so I am confident that we could produce a convincing porte-folio and that the conservators would not regret granting us access. As a first step, it could already be interesting if Wikimedians could state that they want to take photographs "for Wikipedia and for Wikimedia CH", and have a the contact of a person of reference at WM-CH for hand out. Cheers ! -- Rama _______________________________________________ http://wikimedia.ch Wikimedia CH website Wikimediach-l mailing list https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediach-l