WHY A MUSEUM OF THE MUSES ? A unique opportunity has arisen in La Creuse, Central France, for us to develop a superb Museum location as a centre for education, spirituality, the creative arts and peace work. Based at the Castle of the Muses in Scotland for 6 years, our work has now moved to Limousin to Le Musee des Muses as a permanent base.
HOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PEACE STUDIES AND GLOBAL PHILOSOPHY (IIPSGP): The Institute is unique among research centres throughout the world in that it combines training and practical work in conflict resolution with studying the entire range of global philosophical and spiritual traditions, together with the proactive search for global responsibility, peace and justice in our time. IIPSGP was established in 1991 at the University of London.
HOME TO THE EUROPEAN PEACE MUSEUM: We are a small private museum dedicated to the quest for peace and understanding in the world. Each of the 9 rooms of the Museum is devoted to a particular Muse, and contains books, artefacts, paintings and sacred objects associated with the traditional archetypal energy of that particular Muse. Another name for the Museum is there "The Museum of the Muses".
HEALING AT THE MUSEUM – The Museum has a wonderful healing energy and is available for this purpose, as well as for massage therapy, and counselling and psychotherapy sessions.
STUDY AND RESEARCH AT THE MUSEUM: this is a major feature of our work, and students and scholars are invited to visit the Museum to undertake research programmes and private study.
THE MUSEUM LIBRARY: the library is a truly unique feature of the Museum. Numbering some 12,000 volumes, it is divided into 9 sections, each named after a different Muse. The library can be consulted for reference by Friends of the Museum, or guests staying on study retreat, but books cannot be taken away. The library also houses a large number of archives including SAND – Sussex Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament; Philosophers and Historians for Peace; International Philosophers for Peace and the Prevention of Nuclear Omnicide; the World Conference on Religion and Peace (1991-1997); The Initiative for Peace Studies in the University of London (IPSUL 1988-1991); the School of Nonviolence; the Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation Service; the Commonwealth Interfaith Network; the International Peace Research Association; the Conflict Research Society; the Order of Peace Poets, Bards and Druids; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Stonehenge; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Britain and Ireland; and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Middle East; The Centre For The Study Of Divine Intelligence, and the papers of the Daffern Family Archive etc http://daffernfamily.wordpress.com/
HOME TO THE DRUID PEACE ORDER : The Museum is an ideal base to develop the ongoing life and work of the Order of Peace Poets, Bards and Druids, which strives to bring alive again the ancient Druidic teachings on peace and non-violence that were at the heart of their work and witness. Central France is full of ancient Celtic and Druid remains and sacred sites. Druids, like Jains and Buddhists, were sworn to personal non-violence and counselled tribal leaders on mediation and peacemaking. We do the same. WE HAVE RECENTLY LAUNCHED THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL OF DRUIDS WHICH MEETS ANNUALLY
To get involved with the work of the Museum of the Muses or to come on a tour contact:
Dr Thomas C. Daffern, Director, IIPSGP, Museum of the Muses, 13 Grande Rue,
Betete, La Creuse, Limousin, Aquitaine, France 23270
Tel. +33 05 8756 5489 Mob: 07500 238523 -
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CENTRE FOR THE ARTS – the Museum also functions as a centre for exploration into the philosophy and practice of art and for workshops on spirituality and the arts. In Euterpe the Museum has collections of art works and space for artists to come and paint and work in various media and it is hoped the surrounding beauty of La Creuse will inspire artists to continue the Creusois tradition of outdoor painting and allow their own creativity to shine forth.
TEACHING, TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH: The Museum will function as a meeting place for everyone involved in education to think through difficulties and solutions to the global learning deficit.
MEDIA OFFICE AND MUSEUM SHOP – Talks and lectures going on at the Institute can be shared more or less instantaneously around the world, via the Institute’s YouTube channel on IIPSGP1. Books and DVD’s and CD’s for sale are available in the museum shop.
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES: the Museum is open for teachers and pupils from across Europe and France to come and share ideas and discussions and teachings about different cultures, philosophies and religions and how all Europeans can learn to live in peace together.
POETRY AT THE MUSEUM: The Museum is home to the International Order of Peace Poets and hence occasional poetry evenings will be taking place here. An annual conference on poetics and peace is also scheduled.
MEDIATION SERVICES: the Museum is home to the work of the Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation Service and the Mediation Service for Higher Education available for consultation throughout Europe.
CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF DIVINE INTELLIGENCE: This new initiative aims to bridge the gap between science, spirituality and religion and has held three meetings to date. Inspired by A.R. Wallace, friendly rival to Charles Darwin, we aim to find verifiable scientific evidence for exploring the hypothesis that there is indeed a Divine Consciousness at work in evolution. Unlike Darwin, Wallace was interested in spiritualism and evidence for survival of consciousness after death, and became convinced that this was true. The implications of this data for scientific theories of the evolution of life are considerable, and also for an understanding of the scientific basis of ethics.
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH: The Institute and the Peace Museum are engaged in long term scientific research aimed at solving the endless wars and conflicts affecting humanity, especially those of an ideological or religious nature; our scientific publications are a matter of public record and we collaborate now as in the past with a wide number of scientific peace research bodies worldwide including the European Peace Research Association and the Conflict Research Society. But our remit extends to the humanities and arts also as we draw on the creative cultural energies of European civilisation for peacebuilding so we also collaborate with the full range of intellectual projects aimed at the creation of a peaceful continent in a peaceful world, including historians, political scientists, artists, poets, musicians, philosophers, social scientists, psychologists etc. We are part of the International Network of Peace Museums. The Scientific Director of the Museum is Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern, whose personal blog is:
PUBLICATIONS: IIPSGP has published over 35 books and 30 talking books which are available for purchase on line here: www.lulu.com/iipsgp or at the Museum shop, or via http://musespress.wordpress.com