ICOM Australia Chair Alec Coles

Our place in the world - and what is a Museum?

These might seem rather far reaching philosophical considerations for what is a very short piece, but they are really just to draw attention to a couple of the priorities for your ICOM Australia Executive, right now.

‘Our place in the world’, on this occasion, speaks to the potential for burgeoning relationships with south east Asia and, in particular with the ASEAN group of countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei).

With respect to the question what is a Museum, this is something that ICOM, internationally, is wrestling with at the present time. In its consideration of revision of the definition of a Museum, it has formed a Committee for Museum Definition, Prospects and Potentials.  More

ICOM Australia 2018 membership renewals

2018 membership renewals

ICOM Australia membership renewals for 2018 are due. You can renew online, manually or by phone. More

ICOM Australia IRIS database

New members' database

A new ICOM international database – IRIS – is to be launched soon. It is mandatory for all National Committees to use IRIS which will replace existing databases.

IRIS aims to enhance organisational effectiveness and international communication.

ICOM Australia is will be adopting IRIS in the coming year.

Blue Shield Australia Symposium 2018

Blue Shield Australia symposium

All members of ICOM Australia are invited to attend Blue Shield Australia's 2018 symposium Cultural heritage, climate change and natural disasters.

ICOM Australia is a founding pillar member of Blue Shield Australia. Blue Shield, the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross, is an international committee working to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by armed conflict and natural disasters.

Registrations are open and the symposium will be held in Canberra 29-30 January at the National Library of Australia. More

ICOM Australia elections 2018

2018 elections

2018 in an election year for the Executive Board of ICOM Australia. As agreed at the 2017 AGM, new rules of procedure will come into effect. These include:

  • the implementation of a fixed number of eleven members of the Executive (five officers and six general members)
  • the implementation of a two year term of office for Executive Board members.

Any ICOM Australia individual member or nominated-delegate of an institutional-member can participate.

To enable an open and transparent transition there will be a revised nomination and election process. These details, the nomination period and AGM date will be announced in the new year.

ICOM Australia bursaries 2017

2017 bursary recipients

Three ICOM Australia Individual Members attended ICOM Committee Conferences in Denmark, Finland and the UK with Bursary support from ICOM Australia in 2017.

Roger Leong, Senior Curator, Museum of Applied Arts of Sciences, attended the ICOM Costume Annual Meeting & Symposium in London. The theme was The Narrative Power of Clothes and Roger gave a paper that told the story of Sheila Scotter, one of Australia’s pioneering fashion identities, to attendees from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, North and South America.  For Roger the conference ‘exceeded my expectations in all aspects’.

Dr Ian MacLeod attended the ICOM Committee for Conservation, Triennial Conference in Denmark.  Ian is a Member of the Conservation Committee and gave a presentation that included the development of new in-situ degradation methods for studying rock art in the Burrap.   He also reported that the plenary lectures from the conference will be available on the ICOM-CC website.

Ian MacLeod was awarded the ICOM-CC Triennial medal for his life long contribution to the work of the committee and ICOM Australia offers our congratulations.

Dr Andrew Simpson attended the 17th Annual ICOM Committee for University Museums and Collections in Finland.  Andrew is a member of UMAC Board and participating in the research project on ‘Professionalising museum work in higher education: a global approach’ and chairs the working group to transform the UMAC Journal into a recognised academic journal.  A significant outcome of the conference was the success of Australia’s bid to host the 2020 UMAC Annual Meeting at the new Chau Chak Wing Museum University of Sydney currently being built.

ICOM Australia Awards 2018

Nominations open soon!

Do you know someone in the museums and galleries sector who should be celebrated for their outstanding work?  Or an institution that should be lauded for their innovation?

Each year the ICOM Australia Awards recognise the significant contributions of individuals and institutions in the sector.  There are two awards: Institutional Achievement and Individual Achievement.

The Awards for 2018 will be presented at the Museums Galleries Australia conference in Melbourne, 4-7 June 2018, and will recognise work completed from January to December 2017.

Nominations will open soon! Who will you nominate?  Background information


Museums Galleries Australia 2018 conference

MGA national conference 2018

Registrations are open for the 2018 national conference of Museums Galleries Australia. The conference theme is Agents of change and will be held in Melbourne 4-7 June 2018. More 


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