News from Kamloops

May 15, 2012

BCMA Conference comes to Kamloops

Kamloops, B.C. - The Kamloops Museum and Archives is pleased to announce that Jack Lohman, the new Director of the Royal British Columbia Museum, will be the keynote speaker at this year-s British Columbia Museums Association Conference. The Kamloops Museum is hosting the conference for the first time since the early 1980s. 2012 marks the 56th Annual BCMA Conference.

Mr. Lohman is an internationally recognized figure in the museum community. He was director of the London Museum prior to his appointment at the RBCM. In 2000 he was selected to head the Iziko Museums of Cape Town South Africa, a group of 15 prominent cultural institutions where he was credited with transforming the entire South African museum sector. Mr. Lohman is a former Chairman of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and a former member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO-s Cultural Committee. He is also a Professor of Museum Design and Communication at Bergen National Academy of the Arts (Norway) and Chairman of the National Museum of Warsaw, Poland.

Kamloops Museum Curator and Conference Committee Chair Dennis Oomen says, "Mr. Lohman has a wealth of varied experience in the museum field, and we are honoured to have him speak at this year-s conference. His career is a great example of how a commitment to heritage and history can positively impact communities".

This year-s BCMA conference is scheduled from October 17th to the 20th. Delegates come from all over British Columbia and represent a cross section of the provinces- vibrant community of museums, art galleries and heritage sites. The conference theme is Rendezvous - "All Together Now" which underlines the need of the heritage and arts sector to meet and exchange ideas and strategize for the future.

This year-s conference coincides with Kamloops- bicentennial year, which commemorates 200 years of shared history between the Secwepemc people and the traders who arrived in 1812. The planning committee is actively working with First Nation-s institutions and individuals for this year-s BCMA conference.

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Media Contact:
Dennis Oomen, Museum Curator
City of Kamloops
250-828-3579
doomen@kamloops.ca