Abstracts of papers presented in Hong Kong
Abstracts of the papers presented at ICMM's first Asian Congress have been assembled and are available to download in English and Chinese. If you would like to have further details on a particular paper, please contact the speaker direct and request a copy of the full paper. Click here to download the abstracts.
Photographs from the Hong Kong Congress
A selection of photographs prepared by the Congress hosts, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, is available to view through a Dropbox link. Click here to go to the Dropbox. You don't need a password to view.
17th ICMM Congress General Assembly
At each ICMM Congress, the members of ICMM meet in general assembly to conduct the business of the organisation. In addition to reports from the President and Secretary General, elections are held for Executive Council.
Click here to read the reports to the General Assembly of outgoing President, Dr Kevin Fewster, from Royal Museums Greenwich and from Amsterdam-based Secretary General, Henk Dessens, who sadly retired in Hong Kong as a result of ill health.
The General Assembly confirmed the Executive Council's nomination of Stephen C White, President and CEO of Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut, USA as the new President of ICMM. Steve's first President's letter can be read by clicking here
After the General Assembly meeting, the Executive Council met and the office bearers were appointed from the elected Council members. Invitations were also made for co-opted positions on the Council to assist with specific tasks. The full list of ICMM Executive Council members for 2015-2017 can be viewed by clicking here
Reflections on the academic programme - Hong Kong Congress 2015
Nigel Rigby, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, chaired the Programme Committee for the 2015 ICMM Congress. He reflects on the academic programme:
In close to five decades of the ICMM’s history, the 2015 Hong Kong Congress was the first time an ICMM Congress had been held in Asia, with one of its main objectives being to raise the organisation’s profile and encourage new membership in the region.
I have always believed that conferences are not really remembered for the high quality of the speakers, the challenging cut and thrust of museological debates, or the seamless programming, but for the catering. The Congress’s Academic Programme Committee – Christopher Dobbs, Marika Hedin, Peter Neill, Zefeng You and myself - could do little about the food apart from eat it (and what heavenly food it was!) but we hoped to provide a programme that could meet the extraordinarily high standard set in Cascais, Portugal, two years before.
ICMM is an extremely broad church. It includes local and regional museums, historic ships and university, national, service and archaeological museums. The ICMM’s members include museums based around single objects, those that can count their collections in millions, and with everything in between. They can have a staff of one or many hundreds. They include museums that have been established since the first half of the twentieth century, ones that opened last year, and those that are still be being built. It is the extraordinary breadth of ICMM’s membership and the depth of its interests that makes it the vibrant, growing and forward-looking organization it is. However, programming a conference that caters intellectually for such an audience can be a daunting challenge.