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CAM Fiji Workshop Participants
CAM Fiji Workshop Participants
Distance Learning Programme

Since 1985, the CAM Basic Certificate in Museum Studies has provided a convenient way to access training while continuing to work in your local museum. You do not require a university degree to register. The programme provides an introduction to the history and purpose of museums and the basic procedures involved in museum operation. It is divided into seven units of study: an introduction; organisation and management; collections; conservation; exhibitions; education & public programmes; and the role of museums in society and is designed to be completed within one year. Your work with the CAM distance learning programme coordinator and a local tutor, are evaluated based upon unit tests, an essay, a final exam and special project, and receive a certificate. CAM currently has students in the Caribbean, Africa and the United Kingdom.

Inter-Resting Times Project

If you would like to learn how you can do your job more effectively, how you can improve your museum, its collections, exhibitions and programmes, and how your museum can contribute to your community, please contact us to learn more about the CAM distance learning programme and how you can participate.

Mrinalini Venkateswaran

“I found I was better prepared to work in museums after having done the CAM DLP than graduates of museology programmes, when I got to the point in my career that I was hiring them. It’s good for the basics, the foundations; what you build on that is up to you.” – Mrinalini Venkateswaran, Museum Consultant at Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum and Doctoral candidate in History, University of Cambridge

Annelize Kotze

“The CAM distance learning course opened up a world of possibilities for me within the museum world. It also gave me a better understanding and appreciation of what each person does at the museum, from the cleaner to the conservator to the curator to the CEO. It is definitely a must for EVERYONE working at museums” – Annelize Kotze, Iziko South African Museum

Host or become an intern

CAM coordinates an annual International Internship Programme, providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for one or two recent Canadian university graduates a year to work internationally throughout the Commonwealth.

Since the programme was introduced in 1997, CAM has arranged internships for more than 35 interns who have spent six months, from October 1- March 31 each year, working in museums and related organisations in Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, India, and the UK. These internships provide invaluable assistance to the host institutions and CAM, as well as a unique international work experience for the interns.

If your museum is interested in hosting an intern, please contact for further information. The deadline for funding applications is the end of February, with announcements usually in June. It does take some time to develop a strong learning opportunity that will benefit both your institution and the intern’s career development so inquire early.

If you are Canadian, have graduated within the past 2 years, are under the age of 30, and are interested in a unique work experience, watch the CMA’s Job Board for announcements.

CAM is grateful for funding received from the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage administered by the Canadian Museums Association.

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Triennial Conference

The Commonwealth Association of Museums hosts an international conference every three years to discuss contemporary themes and case studies in post-colonial museology.

Cape Town South African Museum

Participants in the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM)’s Triennial General Conference, Living Forward, Looking Back: Museum Practice for Postcolonial Futures met at the Iziko Museums of South Africa in Cape Town from March 9-15, 2020 to discuss various museums’ approaches to confronting difficult histories. Nearly 100 participants came from 22 countries, including both Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth nations, indicative of the fact that Europe has also begun to address the issues of repatriation, restitution and reconciliation that have been such a part of CAM’s work since the mid-1990s.

Commonwealth countries included: Australia, Botswana, Canada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Seychelles, South Africa, Trinidad, and Tobago, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe; and non-Commonwealth countries included: Austria, Croatia, Lithuania, Norway, Serbia, Sweden, and the United States.

CAM Triennial Conference 2017

Participants gathered at the 2017 CAM Triennial Conference in Okotoks, Alberta


CAM organises regional workshops periodically. These workshops are either organised in partnership with local museums and heritage organisations:

  • In advance of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) or the triennial Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) to draw the attention of Heads of Government or Ministers of Education respectively to the role of museums in addressing the themes of these high-level Commonwealth meetings;
  • Related to a specific ongoing project (e.g., four workshops were organised related to the Human Remains Management Project, 2017-2020, three related to Migration:Cities, 2017-2018, and two upcoming workshops are being organised as part of the Caribbean-Canadian Museum Exchange; or
  • In responses to a request from the host institution to address a particular regional need (e.g., Access and Inclusion in South Asia, 2016 & 2019 and Disaster Risk Management in the Caribbean, 2013).

Join us for our upcoming workshop on Saturday 4 March 2023 in Winnipeg, Canada! Globally Grassroots: Connecting the International Museum Community will be hosted in partnership with the Manitoba Museum and feature speakers from across our global network.

Visit our event page to learn more:

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The Commonwealth Association of Museums continues to create and share free publications for the international museum community. Over the years, museums have become more focused on access and inclusion. We create publications on a range of topics, including: children’s programming, disability access, indigenous perspectives, women’s rights and more.

CAM Bulletin

The Commonwealth Association of Museums has published a bulletin to its members for over a decade. The CAM Bulletin keeps members up to date with the latest CAM activities, events and opportunities. We encourage our members to share their ideas and to use our network to raise awareness for special projects.

Join our membership today to get involved.

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