History of CIMUSET

A short history of CIMUSET


CIMUSET was founded during a meeting (2 to 6 October 1972) in Prague at Narodni Technicke Muzeum (National Technical Museum) with 21 foundation members. The two personalities most involved in the birth of CIMUSET were A. Jean Rose, Director of Palais de la Découverte and Joseph Kuba, Director of Narodni Technicke Muzeum in Prague.

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).

The second meeting took place in the very small town of Trelevern in Britanny (France), where the parents of Jean Rose were teachers. The meeting was held from 1st to 6th October 1973 with only 14 participants.

The President of the Committee was Joseph Kuba, the Vice-Presidents were Joel N. Bloom (USA) and A.Bose (India), the Secretary Charles Penel (France) and the Adjoint Secretary Dagmar Klepsova (Tchecoslovaquia).

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.

CIMUSET  expands

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 Jytte Thorndahl at the Triennial conference in Shanghai, China in 2010.

General meetings of CIMUSET – a chronology

1972 Prague (Tchecoslovaquia)

1973 Trelevern (France)

1974 Helsingor (Denmark)

1975 Michalovse (Tchecoslovaquia)

1976 Philadelphia (USA)

1977 Leningrad-Moscow (URSS)

1978 Munich (RFA)

1979 Ljubljana (Yugoslavia)

1980 Mexico City(Mexico)

1981 Rostock (RDA)

1982 Bombay, Bengalore, Calcutta (India)

1983 London (GB)

1984 Sofia (Bulgaria)

1985 Barcelona (Spain)

1986 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

1987 Bangkok (Thailand)

1988 Delhi, Calcutta (India)

1989 The Hague (The Netherlands)

1990 Charlotte (USA)

1991 Rome, Milan (Italy)

1992 Quebec (Canada)

1993 Haïfa (Israel)

1994 Poland

1995 Stavenger (Norway)

1996 Manchester (GB)

1997 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

1998 Melbourne (Australia)

1999 Germany

2000 Paris (France)

2001 Barcelona (Spain)

2002 Pekin (China)

2003 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

2004 Seoul (South Korea)

2005 Moscow (Russia)

2006 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

2007 Vienna, Austria

2008 Aarhus, Bjerringbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009 Belgrade, Serbia

2010 Shanghai, China

2011 Brno, Czechoslovakia

2012 Tampere & Helsinki, Finland

2013 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2014 Paris, France

2015 Krakow, Poland

2016 Milan, Italy

2017 Rabat (Morocco)

2018 Ottawa (Canada)

2019 Kyotto (ICOM General Conference – Japan)

2020 Tehran (Iran)