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International Committees

International Committees

ICOM International Committees bring together experts of museum specialities.  The International Committees (ICs) are global think-tanks on museums, and more generally, heritage matters.  They define museum professionals’ standards, share scientific information, establish partnerships with other organisations and develop recommendations for ICOM members.

ICOM UK members are eligible to join up to four International Committees on confirmation of their membership (one in which you have voting rights (except Student and Supporting members) and up to three in which you are interested in receiving information from).  A full list of the International Committees and Affiliated Organisations can be found on the ICOM website.  ICOM UK members can log into their member page on the ICOM website and edit their choice of ICs by clicking on the ‘edit my personal information link’.

ICOM UK members are eligible to apply for a Travel Bursary to attend an International Committee annual conference or meeting.


AVICOM ICOM International Committee for Audiovisual, New Technologies and Social Media

AVICOM advises, keeps informed and increases the museum professionals’ awareness about the possibilities audiovisual methods and the new technologies offer to the museums.


CAMOC International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities

CAMOC is a forum for professionals working in or interested in museums about cities.


CECA International Committee for Education and Cultural Action

CECA gathers museum educators and other museum professionals with an interest in education and in culture who work in research, management, interpretation, exhibitions, programmes, media and evaluation.


CIDOC International Committee for Documentation

CIDOC is dedicated to the documentation of museum collections.


CIMCIM International Committee of Museums and Collections of Instruments and Music

CIMCIM promotes and organises professional activities related to collections and museums of musical instruments.


CIMUSET International Committee for Museums and Collections of Science and Technology

CIMUSET works primarily to popularise and promote science and technology among children and young people.


CIPEG International Committee for Egyptology

CIPEG promotes collaboration among colleagues for the study, preservation, and presentation of Egyptian collections, monuments and sites.


COMCOL International Committee for Collecting

COMCOL is ICOM International Committee with the mission to deepen discussions and share knowledge on the practice, theory and ethics of collecting and collections (both tangible and intangible) development.


COSTUME International Committee for Museums and Collections of Costume

The Costume Committee of ICOM is a forum for museum professionals committed to the study, interpretation and preservation of all aspects of apparel.


DEMHIST International Committee for Historic House Museums

DEMHIST is an international forum for debating problems and solutions particular to the conservation and management of historic house museums.


GLASS International Committee for Museums and Collections of Glass

The International Committee for Museums and Glass collections is open to curators and conservators of glass from around the world. Members do research and care for glass vessels and windows from all countries where glass has been made, and from antiquity to modern times.


ICAMT International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques

ICAMT offers a forum for the exchange of ideas and expertise for all those interested in museums architecture, planning, construction and programming or in any aspect of exhibition production and design.


ICDAD International Committee for Museums and Collections of Decorative Arts and Design

ICDAD is devoted to museums and collections of applied and decorative arts conserved in museums, houses, castles and historic monuments.


ICEE International Committee for Exhibitions and Exchange

ICEE is a forum for the dissemination of knowledge and experience about exhibitions. The committee deals with many different aspects of exhibition development, circulation and exchange.


ICFA International Committee for Museums and Collections of Fine Arts

ICFA’s membership is made up of professionals who work in museums and art galleries that collect old master and nineteenth century oil paintings and sculptures.


ICLM International Committee for Literary Museums

ICLM’s main aim is to develop activities such as research, publishing, exhibition and education for literary historical/biographical museums and composers’ museums.


ICMAH International Committee for Museums and Collections of Archaeology and History

ICMAH is dedicated to museums of archaeology and history.


ICME International Committee for Museums and Collections of Ethnography

ICME is devoted to ethnographic museums and collections from local, national and international cultures.


ICMEMO International Committee of Memorial Museums in Remembrance of the Victims of Public Crimes

The aims of ICMEMO are to foster a responsible memory of history and to further cultural cooperation through education and through using knowledge in the interests of peace, which is also a key goal of UNESCO.


ICMS International Committee for Museum Security

ICMS acts as the main advisor to ICOM and its membership in matters of security, fire protection and disaster preparedness.


ICOFOM International Committee for Museology

ICOFOM is the main international forum for museological debate.


ICOM-CC International Committee for Conservation

With its 21 working groups, ICOM-CC offers conservators, scientists, curators and other professionals the opportunity to collaborate, study and promote the conservation and analysis of culturally and historically significant works.


ICOMAM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Arms and Military History

ICOMAM fosters the study of arms, armour, artillery, fortifications, uniforms, flags and medals and develops and maintains relations between museums and other institutions concerned with the preservation and interpretation of such artefacts.


ICOMON International Committee for Money and Banking Museums

ICOMON was created for museums of numismatics and museums of financial and economic institutions or companies.


ICR International Committee for Regional Museums

ICR was created for regional museums and is interested in the role of these museums in their community with respect to culture, history, environment, social development and language.


ICTOP International Committee for the Training of Personnel

ICTOP’s primary aim is to promote training and professional development and to establish standards for museum personnel throughout their careers.


INTERCOM International Committee for Museum Management

INTERCOM works toward the development of sound museum management throughout the world.


MPR International Committee for Marketing and Public Relations

MPR gathers museum professionals working in marketing, communications and development (fund-raising).


NATHIST International Committee for Museums and Collections of Natural History

NATHIST is concerned with the conservation of biological diversity in museums collections as well as in the natural environment, the scientific study of the world’s natural heritage and the education of the wider public through museum displays, conferences, field trips, etc.


UMAC International Committee for University Museums and Collections

UMAC is a forum for all those working in, or associated with, academic museums, galleries and collections (including herbaria and botanical gardens).

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