2011 International Congress of Maritime Museums


International Congress of Maritime Museums Conference 2011

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington D.C. The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia USA

9 – 15 October 2011

Maritime Museums 2011: Connecting with the future

Adapting to change is nothing new for maritime museums, but the pace and breadth of changes we face in the 21st century are already straining resources. Connecting with the Future will explore the very real challenges that confront us in an age of changing demographics, economics, communications and technology. How best can maritime museums identify and exploit opportunities in an environment of economic turmoil; continuing social change and technological innovation?

This international conference will bring leading thinkers and practitioners from within and beyond the museum sector to inform what future directions maritime museums might take. The focus of the academic programme will be to explore innovative solutions to strategic and practical challenges.

Papers are invited for the main sessions of the conference based on the following themes: Connecting with visitors:on-site and on-line; Showing impact: economic, social and cultural; Innovations in collections interpretation and access; The power of partnerships; Leadership. Papers should address these broader issues within the context of maritime museums and collections. All sessions will have a session leader who will assume the role of discussant, providing an expert overview of the session theme. The ICMM conference language is English.

Please provide an abstract of 300 words by email to: Rachel.Mulhearn@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Deadline for Call for Papers is 17 December 2010