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17th International Congress of Maritime Museums 'Connects' Worldwide Maritime Experts at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum: the First-Ever ICMM Congress Held in Asia
Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) was honoured to host the 17th International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM 2015) from 1 to 6 November 2015 held at the Museum, the first of its kind in Asia.
ICMM is a biennial conference started in the early 1970s where delegates network, share expertise, and learn about international best practices in the operation of maritime museums.
The congress theme this year was Connections. The President of ICMM, Mr. Stephen White, said “The ICMM Congress offers unrivalled access for delegates to meet colleagues from near and far and discuss shared opportunities and issues in the capacity of maritime. This year’s conference theme – Connections – was chosen in order to maximise the opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange of ideas among worldwide museums.”
More than 100 participants from 20 countries joined ICMM 2015. Renowned speakers presented and shared during the conference including Mr. Frederick Kenney, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, International Maritime Organization; Mr. Lincoln Paine, Trustee, Maine Maritime Museum, USA and Dr. Zhou Qunhua, Chief of Academic Research Department, China Maritime Museum.
The six-day conference included an array of networking and social programmes such as a welcome reception at Government House welcomed by Mr. CY Leung, the Chief Executive of HKSAR and patron of HKMM, a celebratory gala dinner, cultural visits to Tai O, and tours to several local museums in Hong Kong and Macau. A number of delegates joined post-conference overseas tours to Guangdong and Shanghai visiting the popular Maritime Silk Road Museum of Guangdong and the China Maritime Museum, two of China’s largest maritime museums.
As the host of the ICMM 2015, Richard Wesley, the Museum Director of HKMM, sincerely expressed his heartfelt gratitude and thanked all sponsors, long-term patrons and partners for supporting this Congress, the Macao Maritime Museum for hosting an excursion to Macau for delegates and Swire Travel, our Conference Secretariat. “The local Organising Committee did an outstanding job and the Museum looks forward to hosting similar professional and cultural tourism events in the future.”
For further details about the Congress, please visit www.ICMM2015HK.com. The website will be accessible through 28 November, 2016.