Activities - IAAIR

ICOM Australia Award for International Relations (IAAIR)

This award celebrates the exceptional work undertaken by individuals and Australian institutions to strengthen international ties and contribute to the cultural richness of our region.

ICOM Australia believes that cooperative projects are very important in strengthening museum relations internationally by promoting information sharing across borders and distributing unique resources worldwide.

The glass globe awards were commissioned by ICOM Australia from Sydney based master glassmaker Benjamin Edols, and were created at the Canberra Glassworks.

Two types of award are offered:

  • a discrete project or an ongoing initiative during the previous year that strengthens museum relations internationally, promotes information sharing across borders and distributes resources beyond Australia
  • an outstanding individual achievement, recognising sustained international work over a long period.


2014 awards for international relations

The awards were presented by Dr Robin Hirst (Chair, ICOM Australia) at the 2014 Museums Australia Conference dinner at Launceston on International Museum Day, 18 May 2014.

2014 briefing brochure (208kB)

Individual award

Professor Robyn Sloggett

Professor Sloggett is recognised for her significant contribution in fostering museum and conservation practice and professional development between Southeast Asia and Australia.

Professor Sloggett is Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include programs in cultural materials conservation that focus on the materials and techniques of artists (particularly in Australia and South East Asia), ethical and philosophical issues in cultural materials conservation, and the development of scientific techniques for conservation.

Robyn Sloggett testimonial (160kB)

Reproduced courtesy of the University of Melbourne

1. Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett (Director, The Centre for Cultural Materials
   Conservation, University of Melbourne)

2. Professor Xiaolin Ma (Deputy Director, Henan Adminstration of Cultural Heritage),
   Associate Professor Robyn Sloggett, Mrs Gan Lan and colleagues, Henan Museum,
   May 2014

Institutional  award

Western Australian Museum

The award for a discrete project recognises an exemplary collaboration between the Western Australian Museum (WAM) and the National Research Institute of Maritime Cultural Heritage (NRIMCH) in South Korea. The project reached across and under the oceans to undertake joint research, share current and acquired knowledge, and contribute skills to maritime cultural activities, specifically underwater excavation and materials conservation of maritime archaeological objects.

A particularly significant outcome is that the research collaboration continues as the result of another three-year memorandum of understanding being signed by the CEO of the WA Museum Alec Coles and his Korean counterparts.

WA Museum testimonial (105kB)

Copyright Western Australian Museum, reproduced with permission

1.  Ceramic flask discovered in the waters off Taean, South Korea (2011)

2.  Jon Carpenter (Maritime Archaeological Conservator, Department of Materials
    Conservation, Western Australian Museum) working with the South Korean Maritime
    Archeaology team off Taean, South Korea (2011)

Previous awards



There was no award in 2008.

Copyright Roger Garland