At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
12-16 September 2022

The Halifax Speakers Program will be built around four important themes in 2022: 

A Gateway Society?

Canada as a Gateway Society and the nation’s current and historical engagement with the sea.

Confirmed speakers include André Kirouac, former Director of the Musée Naval de Québec 1997-2020, and Kim Reinhardt, Director of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Saving the Oceans

Opportunities for Maritime Museums to engage with Climate Change through a more rigorous engagement with Marine Science.

Confirmed speakers include Kevin Sumption, Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, who will speak on presenting climate change issues at his institution, and Vincent Campredon, Director of the Musée National de la Marine, who will outline new approaches to conveying France’s relationship with the sea.

Vessel preservation

The sustainability of large-scale, long-term ship preservation on dry land and in the water. 

Confirmed speakers include representatives from SS Great Britain Trust, Bristol, UK, and Sydney Heritage Fleet, Australia. 

Calm seas do not make a good captain

What is the relevance and role of maritime museums in a complex and challenging contemporary world, particularly towards stories of migration, slavery, and the universal history of maritime culture? 

Confirmed speakers include Akeia de Barros Gomes, Ph.D, Senior Curator of Maritime Social Histories at Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA, and Stephen Lubkemann, maritime archaeologist and co-founder of The Slave Wrecks Project

Members interested in presenting in one of these areas should forward an abstract of around 300 words and an indication of their preferred format from the following:

  • 30 minute illustrated presentation
  • 15 minutes illustrated presentation
  • 5 to 10 minute summary

Presentations can take the form of a general subject overview or case study.  Organisers will be planning for a hybrid approach, using a software which will offer translation, so that the Congress can be as accessible as possible to attendees from around the world.  There will therefore be opportunities for speakers to present either in person or virtually.   

During the Conference there will be two forums on Ocean Science Exhibits and Marketing initiatives where participants can share case studies and discuss their institutions responses in a Question and Answer style format.  There will also be a Global news round up session.

Expressions of interest should be forwarded to:

Richard Wesley
Chief Experience Officer,
Australian National Maritime Museum


Deadline for abstracts: Friday 3 December 2021

The Richard Foster Bursary Scheme

The Richard Foster Bursary Scheme is available to support speakers who might not otherwise be able to attend the Congress.  Further information about the Bursary Scheme will be issued in November/ December.