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CAM Bulletin Number 4 - May, 1998
Make plans to attend CAM '99 in Barbados from May 5-12, 1999. Details in the next Bulletin. Museums, Peace, Democracy and Governance in the 21st Century.
What are the conditions for Peace? Do our Museums help to create and maintain those conditions? How do Museums make a difference in a nation "already peaceful"? How do Museums make a difference in war-torn countries and unsettled societies? Can Museums promote Democracy? These are a few of the important questions to be discussed.
The theme of ICOM '98 is Museums & Cultural Diversity - Ancient Cultures, New Worlds. The conference promises to feature some excellent speakers and some good dialogue with international colleagues. It is to be hoped that we will especially see many of our Asian and South Pacific colleagues who are often not able to attend ICOM. CAM encourages members to attend if at all possible and we will see you at our CAM dinner on Oct. 14!
The event previously scheduled for CAM members for the post-ICOM period will not be available. We regret to report that Monica Leahy, our member from the Migration Museum in Adelaide has moved back to teaching. We will miss her presence in museums but wish her much success and happiness in her new position. We do hope she will keep in touch with CAM friends.
Opportunities for Commonwealth Artists
The Commonwealth Institute, London has provided information on The Commonwealth Experience. This visitor attraction includes a rolling programme of Commonwealth art exhibitions throughout the year in two galleries and includes a variety of media such as painting, pastels, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics and textiles. Applications from artists from all parts of the Commonwealth are invited. Applications for the year mid-1999 to mid-2000 (between eight and twelve exhibitions per year) are currently being accepted to August 31, 1998. Details may be obtained from Nicola Harold, Projects Coordinator, The Commonwealth Experience, Commonwealth Institute, Kensington Hight Street, London W8 6NQ, UK. Tel.: 44-171-603-4535; Fax: 44-171-602-7374.
CAM welcomes new members: The Victoria and Albert Museum, UK, Fatma Ali Busaidy, Fredrick Karanja, Hassan Mohamed Hassan, Jane Chebitwey, Lydia Mumbi Muchira, Millen Noni, Musa Kipchoge Chesire, Nancy Kiprop, Daniel Mitei Kibet, Ayub Macharia Ndaruga, all of Kenya, Charity Namukoko Salasini, Zambia, Nakiso Kubanji, Botswana, the National Museum of Manibia (Esther Moombolah and Willa Le Roux), Khanyile Jezi, South Africa, Jackson N.L. Washa, Tanzana, Baba Ceesay, The Gambia, Kofi Kpikpitse and Gifty Offei, Ghana, Robert Hall, USA, Terry McCormick, UK, Morgot Thomas, St Lucia, W.I., Lilian Chaonwa, Zimbabwe, Brenda Kamanga, Malawi, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultural Affairs, (Ulrike Hertel Akuino) Western Samoa.
Thanks to all of you who have renewed your membership. We are pleased to have you with us.
Members' and Other News
- Past-President, Sadashiv Gorakshakar, is acting as Project Consultant to the Goa State Museum.
- Congratulations to Vice-President, Alissandra Cummins, who has been elected a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Paris.
- Council member Jennifer Wishart from Guyana reports that plans are underway to form a national Museums Association in Guyana.
- CAM member, David Devenish, is currently working as a consultant, under the British Executive Service Overseas Program, at the National Museum of The Gambia. He will also be working on the refurbishment of the slavery museum at Juffure, the Mandingka village made famous by "Roots". Mr. Devenish has also recently written a comprehensive handbook Museum Display Labels: The Philosophy and Practice of Preparing Written Labels and Illustrations for use in Museum Displays, published by the Indian National Committee of ICOM and the National Council of Science Museums, India (I.N.C.S.M.) It is available from ICOM Paris for $10.00 US or in bulk from I.N.C.S.M.
- CAM member Carole Mahoney prepared an excellent article on the Nairobi workshop and CAM for GEM News, no. 68, winter 1998, the newsletter of the Group for Education in Museums, UK.
New CAM member Terry McCormick noter CAM's distance learning programme and internship activities in his recent article on international museum work opportunities "Work Experienced" in Museums Journal, February 1998.
- The 10th Annual General Meeting of the Museums Association of the Caribbean will be held November 18-22 1998 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The theme is: The Role of Information Technology in Caribbean Museums for the 21st Century. Further information is available from MAC & Barbados Museum & Historical Society, fax: 246-429-5946.
- Friends of the Commonwealth Foundation is a newly formed organization (1997) to promote awareness of the good works of The Commonwealth Foundation, to support it in a variety of ways, offering skills and expertise and raising funds to support activities. Membership is open to individuals and organizations. CAM members will be aware that The Commonwealth Foundation is a major funding source for Commonwealth professional associations including CAM. Members are encouraged to join this body if they feel able to contribute. Contact Dr. John Wood, Hon. Sec., Dormington House, Hereford, HR1 4ES, UK. Membership is 10 pounds individual and 30 pounds corporate.
- For those of you on the internet, there is a new website to explore. www.museumsworld.com is a new free service designed to become a focal point for information on museums. It was launched at the Museums and Heritage Show in Britain and is an internet virtual trade fair and seminar aimed at museums professionals. Papers may be submitted for inclusion and the site will also feature links to museums and professional bodies, a diary of events across the world, museum of the month and much more. More information may be obtained from Virtual Trade Fairs.Com, Dorechester House, Station Road, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 3AW, UK. Tel.:44-1462-681801; Fax: 44-1462-485515; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.