About Us

ICOM UK is the museum association dedicated to the international work of British museums

About Us

What is ICOM ?

The International Council Of Museums is the global organisation of museums and museum professionals  committed to the conservation of the world’s natural and cultural heritage. ICOM was created in 1946 and is a non-governmental organisation maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. It also raises awareness of international issues such as combating illicit trade, intangible heritage and restitution. ICOM.


ICOM UK is the national branch of ICOM in the United Kingdom. It is a gateway to the global museum community and the only UK museum association with a dedicated international focus. It offers access to 20,000 museums in 172 countries, 32,000 museum colleagues throughout the world and 31 professional committees. It is an organisation which promotes intangible heritage and the preservation of material heritage. It develops best practice standards for the world- wide museum industry and, through its global reach and events programme, contributes to the international agenda of museums in the UK.

British Overseas Territories

ICOM UK also has a relationship with museums in the 14 countries designated as British Overseas Territories. This relationship is a valuable addition to the role of ICOM UK, bringing another important international dimension to our work.

The British Overseas Territories are:

1.     Anguilla

2.    Bermuda

3.    British Antarctic Territory

4.    British Indian Ocean Territory

5.    British Virgin Islands

6.    Cayman Islands

7.    Falkland Islands

8.   Gibraltar

9.    Montserrat

10.  Pitcairn Islands

11. Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

12.South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

13. Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia

14.Turks and Caicos Islands