C o m m o n w e a l t h
A s s o c i a t i o n o f
M u s e u m s
CAM Bulletin Number 5 - Dec. 1998
The President's Column
CAM: The Significance of 1999
As we begin the new year 1999, I send my special greetings and good wishes to all our members across the Commonwealth. The year 1998 was a successful year for our Association as we were able to consolidate the achievements that we made, open up new contacts and establish new professional relationships that will impact positively on our activities and programmes in the coming years. I salute all those who worked so hard and very closely with us to make possible the realization of these successes.
The current year will be significant and momentous for us all in CAM in many ways. In May we will have our triennial conference in Barbados during which we will be expected to review our activities since inception, draw up a programme of activities, define our mission and vision and launch our association into the 21st century. In Barbados we will chart a new course for our association and evolve a plan of action that will challenge our museums and take them beyond the traditional frontiers in which they have thrived in the last 50 years. This certainly will not be an easy task, but I am confident that with the cooperation of all of us we will succeed.
We need your views to enable us plan for a successful triennial. Therefore I urge you to write down your thoughts and pass them to our Secretary General as such views coming from all regions of the Commonwealth will produce a solid and unique confluence of original ideas that will impact on our museums.
Our Association should help develop a fresh, positive and compassionate face for museums in the Commonwealth. We should make our museums listen to our communities. We should be able to develop a museum agenda for our communities that will go beyond our traditional museum concerns. We should develop projects, policies and programmes that will touch the lives and circumstances of our people at various levels and in different spheres of their living as we prepare for the 21st century.
As 1999 marks a milestone in the life of CAM, I look forward to all of us happily celebrating the 25th Anniversary of our great Association during our triennial in Barbados. I congratulate CAM and all our members for the great strides that have been taken in the last 25 years. I believe that in another 25 years, CAM will have become a much bigger, more solid and profoundly professional association so that those looking after it will bless us as they remember our efforts of today.
I specially thank our Patrons and members of the Cowrie Circle for their positive encouragement. I also thank all our funders for their continued support that has enabled us to expand our scope of activities.
I wish all our members, Patrons, funders and friends a very successful and happy 1999.
Emmanuel N. Arinze