History of CIMUSET

A short history of CIMUSET

The name of the committee is an acronym (in French) : C(omité) I(nternational) (des) MU(sées) (de) S(ciences) E(t) (des) T(echniques).


CIMUSET was founded since 1946 as a “Subject Group Committee” of ICOM for Science and Technology. In 1948 it was named the “Committee for Museums of Science and Technology”, during ICOM first General Conference in Paris (28 June-03 July 1948). The reorganisation of CIMUSET was during a meeting in National Technical Museum in Prague (2 to 6 October 1972).

The CIMUSET Presidents since 1946:

1949-1953 (Paris) & 1953-1956 (Genoa, Milan and Bergamo):André LÉVEILLÉ, (Director of Palais de la Découverte, France)

1956-1959 (Basle, Zurich, Geneva) & 1959-1962 (Stockholm) : Torsten ALTHIN, (Director of the Technical Museum of Sweden)

1962-1965 (Hague): Frank TAYLOR, (Director of Museum of History and Technology, Smithsonian Institution, USA)

1965-1971 (New York): William Thomas O’DEA, (Director of Ontario Centennial Centre of Science and Technology, Canada)

1971-1974 (Paris-Grenoble) & 1974-1977 (Copenhagen): Joseph KUBA (Director of the National Technical Museum, Czech Rep.)

1977- 1980 (Leningrad-Moscow) & 1980- 1983 (Mexico): Theo STILLGER (Director of Deutschen Museum, Germany)

1983 – 1989 (London): Joseph KUBA, (Director of the National Technical Museum, Czech Rep.)

1989 – 1992 (The Hague): Torleif LINDVEIT, (Director National Technical Museum, Norway)

1992-1995 (Québec): Jenns BREINEGARD, (Director of Danich Technical Museum, Danemark)

1995 -1998 (Stavanger): Patrick GREENE (Director of Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, UK)

1998-2001 (Melbourne): Michael DAUSKARDT (Director Westfalisches Freilichtmuseum Hagen- Germany)

2001-2004 (Barcelona): Paul DONAHUE (Director of Museum Services, Canada Science & Technology Museum, Canada )

2004-2007 (Seoul) & 2007-2010 (Vienna) : Bernard BLACHE, (Director of Public Relations, Palais de la Découverte, France)

2010-2013 (Shanghai) & 2013-2016 (Rio De Janeiro): Mis Jytte THORNDAHL, (Curator, Energimuseet, Denmark)

2016-2019 (Milan) & 2019-2022 (Kyoto): Ech-cherki DAHMALI, (Director of  Maroc Telecom Museum, Morocco)

CIMUSET  expands

In 1977, the meeting was held in Leningrad and Moscow. The President of the Board was Theo Stillger (RFA), V.J. Danilov (USA) and A.Bose (India) as Vice-Presidents, G.Gottman (RFA) as Secretary and Charles Penel as Treasurer.

On 20 of June 1979, a meeting was held in Paris with Jacques Perot (then Vice-Président of ICOM) to create various sections of CIMUSET: CIMUSET-Europe, CIMUSET-Asia and CIMUSET- Africa.

The London meeting was held from 25 to 30 July 1983 in association with transport museums. Joseph Kuba took the place of Theo Stillger, V.J.Danilov and S. Ghose were Vice-Presidents, Dieter Schultz became Secretary, the Treasurer was Charles Penel.

In 1989 in The Hague, Torleif Lindveit was elected President and Gurgen Grigorian replaced Saroj Ghose as Vice-President, Joel N.Bloom (President and Director of Franklin Institute in Philadelphia) was also Vice-President, Jens Breinegaard Secretary, Dominique Ferriot, Treasurer.

During the Triennial Assembly in Quebec (1992) Jens Breinegaard became President, Paul Donahue and Gurgen Grigorian were Vice-Presidents, Patrick Greene Secretary and Peter Rebernik Treasurer. In Stavenger in 1995, Patrick Greene became President with Michael Dauskardt taking over in 1998 in Melbourne.

The 21st Century: the change of millennium was marked by the meeting of Paris in 2000. In 2001 Paul F. Donahue became President during the general assembly in Barcelona. The meeting of Ljubljana, chaired by the President of ICOM, Jacques Perot, in 2003 was organised by three committees: MPR (Marketing and Public Relations) ICTOP (Training) and CIMUSET. Bernard Blache was elected president in 2004 at the conference held in Seoul, Korea. The presidential mantle was passed on to Mis Jytte Thorndahl at the Triennial conference in Shanghai, China in 2010.

In 2016 Ech cherki DAHMALI, Director of Maroc Telecom Museum in Morocco was the first African President of CIMUSET since its creation in 1946. In 2017 CIMUSET organized its 45th Conference in Morocco, it’s the  first African country to host a CIMUSET activity.

Annual Conferences of CIMUSET – a chronology

1948: CIMUSET Project , Paris, France (ICOM General Conference and meeting – June 28-July 3 1948)

1950: London, England (ICOM General Conference and meeting – 17-22 July 1950)

1953: Genoa, Milan and Bergamo, Italy (ICOM General Conference and meeting – 6-12 July 1953)

1956: Basle, Zurich, Geneva, Switzerland (ICOM General Conference and meeting) / 2-9 July 1956

1959: Stockholm, Sweden (ICOM General Conference and meeting – 1-8 July 1959)

1962: The Hague, Netherlands, (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 4-11 July 1962

1965: New York, U.S.A (ICOM General Conference and meeting) / 22 September-3 October 1965

1966: London, UK, 12-13 May

1967: Eindhoven, Netherlands, January 1967

1968: Cologne, Munich, Federal Republic of Germany, (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 27 July-9 August 1968)

1969: Bangalor India, 8-14 November1970

1970: Paris, July 1970

1971: Paris, Grenoble, France (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 29 August-10 September 1971)

1972: Prague, Czech Republic, 2-6 October 1972

1973: Trélévern, France 1-6 October

1974: Copenhagen, (ICOM General Conference and meetings 3-14 June 1974)

1975 Michalovse (Tchecoslovaquia), 14-17 October 1975

1976 Philadelphia (USA)

1977 Leningrad-Moscow (URSS), (ICOM General Conference and meetings – 23-29 May 1977)

1978 Munich (RFA)

1979 Ljubljana (Yugoslavia)

1980 Mexico City (Mexico), (ICOM General Conference and meetings – 25 October-4 November 1980)

1981 Rostock (RDA)

1982 Bombay Bengalore (India)

1983 London (GB), (ICOM General Conference and meetings-24 July-2 August 1983)

1984 Sofia (Bulgaria)

1985 Barcelona (Spain)

1986 Buenos Aires (Argentina), (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 26 October-4 November 1986)

1987 Bangkok (Thailand)

1988 Delhi, Calcutta (India)

1989 The Hague (The Netherlands) (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 27 August-6 September 1989)

1990 Charlotte (USA)

1991 Rome Milan (Italy)

1992 Quebec (Canada), (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 19 -26 September 1992)

1993 Haïfa (Israel/Palestine)

1994 Poland

1995 Stavenger (Norway), (ICOM General Conference and meetings-2-7 July 1995)

1996 Manchester (GB)

1997 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

1998 Melbourne (Australia), (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 9-16 October 1998)

1999 Germany

2000 Paris (France)

2001 Barcelona (Spain), (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 1-6 July 2001)

2002 Pekin (China)

2003 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

2004 Seoul (South Korea) (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 2-8 October 2004)

2005 Moscow (Russia)

2006 Rio De Janeiro, (Brazil)

2007 Vienna (Austria), (ICOM General Conference and meetings- 19-24 August 2007)

2008 Aarhus (Denmark), 25-31 August 2008

2009 Belgrade (Serbia), 7-13 September 2009

2010 Shanghai (China), (ICOM General Conference and meetings-7-12 November 2010)

2011 Brno, (Czechoslovakia), 9-12 June 2011

2012 Tampere (Finland), 28-31 August 2012

2013 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), (ICOM General Conference and meetings-10 – 17 August 2013)

2014 Paris (France), 6-11 July 2014

2015 Krakow (Poland), 6-11 6-11 September 2015

2016 Milan (Italy), (ICOM General Conference and meetings-2 – 9 July  2016)

2017 Rabat (Morocco), 5-8 December 2017- First time in AFRICA

2018 Ottawa (Canada), 14-18 October 2018

2019 Kyoto (Japan), (ICOM General Conference and meetings-1-7 September  2019)

2020-2021 Tehran (Iran), (Hybrid: Conference postponed to 2021 due to Covid19 Pandemic), 7-11 November 2021

2022 Prague (Czech Republic) (ICOM General Conference and meetings-20-28 August 2022)