Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM)


10023 93 Street Edmonton Alberta T5H 1W6 Canada

Telephone: (1) 780 424 2229



Year established: 1974

Number of subscribing members: 439

Annual expenditure:

£18,000 in 2015–16

Officers (2017-20):


Dr. Richard Benjamin (UK)

Past President:

Rooksana Omar (South Africa)

Vice President:

Nirvana Persaud (Guyana)


Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo (Canada)

Commonwealth Liaison:

Mrinalini Venkateswaran (UK/India)/Jess Litwin (UK)

Education Adviser: 

Dr. C.P. Barclay (UK)


Catherine C. Cole (Canada)

Aims and objectives:

• Fostering and strengthening links between museums and members of the museum profession in the Commonwealth, and between museums and their communities

• Promoting a high standard of museum activity in the Commonwealth

• Encouraging lifelong learning, and assisting in professional development and training through distance learning courses, internships, workshops and seminars

• Facilitating the dissemination of knowledge and information on all professional matters

• Working in collaboration with other international and national museum organisations and other agencies in the achievement of these goals

Main activities:

• Disaster Risk Management for Caribbean Museums, Nassau, The Bahamas, 2013

• Taking it to the Streets: Museums and Community Engagement, Glasgow, 2014

• Museum Education in the Caribbean, Barbados, 2015

• 2014–18 Strategic Plan and Funding Diversification Strategy, 2014

• Participatory Governance in Museums (research report), 2015

• Access in Museums in South Asia, Jaipur, India, 2016
Study Tour of Indigenous Heritage Sites in Southern Alberta, Canada, 2017

• Indigenous Heritage Roundtable, Calgary, Canada, 2017

• Heritage and Nation Building Symposium, Calgary, Canada, 2017

• Human Remains Management in Southern Africa project (2016-2019) with workshops in Cape Town (2017) and Namibia (2018) and a website and travelling exhibition under development in collaboration with the Iziko Museums of South Africa, the Museums Association of Namibia and the National Museum of Botswana

• Migration:Cities  I  (Im)migration and Arrival Cities project (2016-2019) with workshops in Athens (2017), Mexico City (2017), and Frankfurt (2018) and a website under development, in collaboration with ICOM CAMOC

Recent publications:

CAM Bulletin, a bimonthly newsletter; and Access in Museums in South Asia (2016)

Forthcoming: Museums, National Identity and Indigenous Rights (working title)