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INTERCOM: International Committee on Management

"The Management of Museum Developments"
Conference 2003, Canberra, Australia
18 - 20 November

Hosted by the Australian War Memorial and supported by the Commonwealth Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts and The Australian National University

Organising committee

Steve Gower Member of INTERCOM Board, Chair Council of Australian Museum Directors, Director Australian War Memorial
Louise Douglas National Museum of Australia
Helen Withnell Australian War Memorial
Leon Paroissien Representing Asia Pacific Board of ICOM, Director MOCA Taipei


You are invited to the 2003 INTERCOM Conference to be held in Australia's capital, Canberra. The nation's capital is an outstanding place to visit, being the seat of government and the location of most of Australia's major national cultural institutions, such as the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the National Library of Australia and the Australian War Memorial.

All members of ICOM are invited to attend and participate in the Conference. A warm invitation is also extended to all members of Museums Australia and to all colleagues in museums and galleries around Australia and New Zealand.


The Telstra Theatre and Courtyard Gallery of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra by courtesy of its governing Council.


In recent years there has been unprecedented building and redevelopment programs in the museum and gallery sector. Some have been major 'greenfields' developments: others have been programs of renewal while the institution continued to operate.

This conference seeks to examine how such projects can be managed effectively, while delivering quality outcomes within the restraints of budget and time.

At some time in their careers, all museum and gallery professionals will be involved in such a project. They are challenging and demanding and a failure to achieve, and a disappointment by the public with the outcome, can materially affect the standing of the institution for many years afterwards.

This will be a stimulating two day conference drawing on recent practical experiences in both small and major institutions from Australasia, North America, Asia and the U.K. An outstanding group of speakers has been arranged but there will be an opportunity at the end of both days for individuals to speak in an informal session.

Optional side visits to cultural institutions in Sydney and Melbourne will be possible depending on numbers.

Outline program

Monday 17 November - Optional Sydney side visit
Tuesday 18 November - Registration at the Australian War Memorial from 4pm, reception/Cocktail Party 5 - 6.30pm
Wednesday 19 November - Conference (Optional dinner Wednesday evening)
Thursday 20 November - Conference
Friday 21 November - Optional Melbourne side visit

An updated program will be available on www.awm.gov.au/INTERCOM


An excellent cross section of speakers have agreed to present papers from institutions such as the Melbourne Museum, National Museum of Australia, Te Papa (NZ), Workshops Rail Museum (Ipswich QLD), Prospectors and Miners' Hall of Fame (Kalgoorlie WA), Shear Outback Australia (Hay NSW), the Science and Technology Museum (Ottawa Canada), Leon Paroissien MOCA (Taipei), Chuck Sutyla (Lords Consulting HK China), Peter Root (Roots Projects Australia, Project Managers), Richard Johnson (Johnson Pilton Walker, Architects) and David Fleming (Liverpool National Museums). Several other leading speakers still await confirmation.

Language for the conference

All sessions will be presented in English. If there are a sufficient number of requests, simultaneous translation in French may be available.

Fees and bookings

Please see attachments.

Conference proceedings

The Australian National University has agreed to edit and e-publish.

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