Annual Conference



The 2022 CAMM conference will be held in person at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland (USA), April 26-30. Enjoy a welcome reception the evening of Tuesday, April 26, followed by three days of informative sessions, and a special post-conference tour on Saturday April 30. Rennie travel fellowships will be available. We look forward to seeing you in St. Michaels!




Call for Proposals

This year’s overall theme is: Inspiring with Resilience and Relevance. All proposals for the 2022 CAMM conference must fit into the overall conference theme and/or answer one of the following questions in the essential areas below.

Essential Areas:

Climate Change Leadership. How do maritime museums become, or maintain their effectiveness as, centers for climate change education? What is the role of maritime museums in protecting ourselves (as campuses) from climate change, and how can we show our leadership in this area? What is the role of maritime museums in interpreting and educating the public on the precarious nature of, and our effects on, the marine environment?

Collections and Interpretation Afloat and Ashore: A 360-degree analysis of the challenges facing maritime museums in preserving and interpreting our collections. What are successful approaches to sustainable preservation, be it on an historic vessel, or elsewhere in collections and archives? How are we balancing historic ship preservation with wider collections needs? How are we working toward accessibility of our collections, floating or otherwise?

“Museuming” in Challenging Times. How are institutions navigating the economic impact of COVID on their business? What strategies are helping museums combat hiring challenges, resist overworking staff, and avoid strained internal relationships? How are administrators educating their board, donors, and community to understand and appreciate these challenges? What new and inspiring opportunities have emerged for these trying times?

Searching for Relevance in an Age of Societal Challenge. What do diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive maritime museums look like— through the lens of collecting, ethical cataloguing, interpretation and exhibition strategies, programming and education, and workplace culture? How does a museum develop a DEAI plan and how can we help each other further our DEAI goals? What strategies have been useful when encountering internal and external resistance to these efforts?

Presentations should be 25 minutes with 5 minutes allowed for questions.  All presenters will be required to conduct a live presentation in person and be expected to take part in a real-time question and answer session after their presentations. Presentation recordings will be available to CAMM members post-conference. We encourage working with colleagues to propose targeted roundtable sessions (45-60 minutes) focused on the above Essential Areas.

All proposals are due by 5pm EST on Monday, December 13, 2021. Submit proposals via the conference proposal online form here (preferred) or complete and send CAMM Conference Proposal Form 2022 to the CAMM administrator at The CAMM program committee will choose presentations and notify its decisions by December 22, 2021.

2019 CAMM Annual Conference

The 2019 CAMM Annual conference was held April 24-26, 2019 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin hosted by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Images were provided by CAMM Members.  Thank you.

2019 CAMM Conference Program



Images of the 2018 CAMM Conference

Images of 2017 CAMM Conference

CAMM 2017 Conference Program

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CAMM 2016 Conference Program

Images of 2015 CAMM Conference

Final 2015 Program

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Final 2014 Program

Images of 2013 CAMM Conference

Final 2013 Program