A post on the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography’s site presents the text of the 2015 AHFAP Conference Keynote by James Stevenson. In looking back at the history of museum photography, he also touches on the history of related practitioner groups:

‘It is interesting to see when other associations in museums were founded:

  • The National Museum Directors’ Council 1929

  • The British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers 1943

  • Collections Trust’s history stretches back to the 1970s when it began life as the Information Retrieval Group of the Museums Association

  • The Museum Object Data Entry System (MODES) was launched in 1987 with immediate success

  • Museums Computer Group 1982

  • AVICOM, established in June 1991, is the International Committee for Audiovisual and New Image and Sound Technologies.

  • The Institute of Conservation was created in 2005, which was the creation of disparate group specialist conservation groups.’

We’d love to have more information about our early history from people who were there – if you’ve got physical or digital records we’d love to hear about them!