UMAC was conceived in 2000 by an international group of university museum professionals who realized that university museums face different issues because we are part of a larger higher education institution. This group agreed to propose to ICOM that a new international committee be formed for university museums and collections.

This new committee— UMAC—was officially created in June 2000 by the ICOM Executive Council. It had its first annual conference in 2001, in Barcelona. 


1st UMAC Annual Conference (Photo: James M. Edmonson, Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland).

First reference to UMAC in ICOM official documents:

Update on International Committees (October 2000)

First reference to UMAC in a ICOM General Conference (Barcelona 2001):

Program ICOM 2001

First Board (2001-2004)

Chair: Peter Stanbury (Australia)
Vice-Chair: Steven de Clercq (Netherlands)
Secretary: Peny Theologi-Gouti (Greece)
Treasurer: Sue-Anne Wallace (Australia)
Members: Dominique Ferriot (France), Kati Heinämies (Finland), Lyndel King (USA), Ing-Marie Munktell (Sweden), Tonnette Peñares (Philippines), Fausto Pugnaloni (Italy), Ewen Smith (UK), Peter B. Tirrell (USA), Pasquale Tucci (Italy).

See other past UMAC Boards in our Archives.

First Bylaws

UMAC Constitution (2 July 2001)

First Logo

Designer: Claudia Heckel, Germany

More images from UMAC 2001 (by Lyndel King)

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