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Welcome to the twelfth edition of The Magazine, ICOMAM's electronic newsletter.

The main event for ICOMAM in 2014 was the conference in Moscow and a review is included in our current edition of MAGAZINE. In 2015 we are looking forward to meeting all our colleagues in Krakow. You can read about the event here.
Of course, 2014 was also the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with commemorations right round the world.
2015 will see the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
Perhaps a lesser known event is the 500th anniversary of the battle of Marignano and you can discover how the Swiss museums will be commemorating this event.
We hope you enjoy this issue of MAGAZINE

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Welcome to the eleventh edition of The MAGAZINE

In the latest MAGAZINE, we welcome our new Chair, Eva-Sofi Ernstell, Director of the Army Museum in Stockholm, and hope she has an enjoyable time in the new role.

There is much in this issue anticipating the coming year. We learn about our upcoming Congress in Moscow, a welcome return for us to Russia, and an article to put you in the mood for all things Russian about our Crimean heritage.

A number of our institutions tells how they intend to remember the First World War and, as one of our institutions, the Legermuseum in the Netherlands, prepares to open its new museum, one of their staff wrestles with the ideas of war museums and their future.

Finally, ICOMAM is now on facebook - please sign up.

Enjoy the reading, and share your comments

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Welcome to the tenth edition of The MAGAZINE

In this new issue of our Magazine.
A view on the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a nice visual report on our conference in Oman in October last year, news about the recent positive developments on the United Nations Arms TradeTreaty, Lest we Forget, the National Museum of Military History in Diekirch (Luxembourg) and three centuries of Irish and French military collaboration exposed in Dublin.

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Welcome to the ninth edition of The MAGAZINE.

Welcome to this new edition of The MAGAZINE – the newsletter of ICOMAM, the International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History, published to inform members of its activities and publicize these to the wider world.

In this issue we once again pay attention to a variety of subjects. We stop at the Wallace Museum in London and visit the excellent exhibition on what has become an olympic discipline: fencing.

The exhibition focuses on the noble art of the sword and its relationship to fashion. The new director of the National Army Museums in Chelsea looks back on a most interesting year 2011. In Belgium we are guided through the weapon collection of the Royal Museum of Mariemont and take a closer look at some newly acquired medals at the Royal Military Museum in Brussels. In addition we have a number of more general themes e.g. a discussion on old and new military history, which we hope will intrigue, entertain and enlighten you.


Bienvenu dans le neuvième numéro du MAGAZINE.

Soyez la bienvenue dans ce nouveau numéro de THE MAGAZINE, le billet d'information de l'ICOMAM, le comité international des musées d'armes et d'histoire militaire, publié pour informer les membres - et le monde - des activités de notre organisation.

Comme toujours, ce numéro fait la part belle à plusieurs sujets. Nous nous arrêtons au musée Wallace de Londres et visitons une belle exposition sur ce qui est devenu une discipline olympique: l'escrime. L'exposition s'intéresse à l'art de l'épée et à sa relation avec la mode. Le nouveau directeur des National Army Museums à Chelsea passe en revue une très intéressante année 2011. En Belgique, nous visitons la collection d'armes du Musée royal de Mariemont et faisons le point sur quelques médailles nouvellement acquises par Musée royal de l'Armée à Bruxelles. Enfin, nous abordons quelques thèmes généraux, comme un débat sur l'histoire militaire d'hier et d'aujourd'hui qui, nous l'espérons, vous intriguera et vous distraira.

Robert Douglas Smith
Ruth Rhynas Brown
EDITORS

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Welcome to this special issue of the Magazine dedicated to the Sultanate of Oman.

Welcome to this special edition of MAGAZINE – the newsletter of ICOMAM, the International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History, published to inform members of its activities and publicize these to the wider world.

Robert Douglas Smith
Ruth Rhynas Brown
EDITORS

Download issue 07 (High resolution) Summer 2011 (PDF, 10,9 MB)
Welcome to the sixth edition of The MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE – the newsletter of ICOMAM, the International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History, published to inform members of its activities and publicize these to the wider world. Technology, especially computers and the internet, is moving forward at such a pace today that it is hard for many of us to keep up with. It is difficult to believe how quickly the new social media have become embedded in so many areas of our lives, including museums. For this edition of the ICOMAM Magazine, our sixth, we have featured the ways that different museums are using both older, and newer, technologies, from the now more traditional email to Twitter and Facebook. Among a range of news, articles and publications, we also have a reminder of this year’s ICOMAM conference in Graz – details are included. Our next edition will be in October 2011

Robert Douglas Smith
Ruth Rhynas Brown
EDITORS

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Welcome to the fifth edition of The MAGAZINE

Welcome to the fifth edition of MAGAZINE – the newsletter of ICOMAM, the International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History, published to inform members of its activities and publicize these to the wider world. For our fifth edition of the ICOMAM Magazine we asked colleagues to nominate objects which were important to them or their institutions. The variety of responses shows how wide the interests of our members are – we hope you enjoy reading about them. Among a range of news, articles and publications, we also have a reminder of this summer’s conference in Dublin and a taster for ICOMAMs conference next year in Graz – the call for papers is included. Our next edition will be in April 2011 and we are planning to include features on museums and new technologies – from Twitter and Facebook to the now traditional website and database.

Robert Douglas Smith
Ruth Rhynas Brown
EDITORS

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Welcome to the fourth edition of The MAGAZINE

Welcome to the fourth issue of the Magazine. Readers probably don’t need to be reminded that this year’s meeting takes place in Dublin and will deal with education in armies and in military museums. This got us to think about how education, training and the passing on of skills is something which reflects all through our subject, from how young curators pick up their skills and experiences, the joy of reading and using textbooks and catalogues to how young princes are trained in the arts of war, almost straight out of the nursery. In addition we have a number of more general themes which we hope will intrigue, entertain and educate you. That is what the Magazine is for - to reflect the experiences of our members and disseminate their experiences.

Robert Douglas Smith
Ruth Rhynas Brown
EDITORS

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Welcome to the third edition of The MAGAZINE

Welcome to the third edition of MAGAZINE – the newsletter of ICOMAM, the International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History, published to inform members of its activities and publicize these to the wider world.

It has been a quiet few months since the last MAGAZINE, largely, we suspect, the result of the present global economic situation. Free, and freely available, online resources like this are, we hope, even more useful in such situations. However our member museums continue to acquire important new works, mount significant exhibitions and host events as detailed in this issue.

As ever we welcome feedback and comments and hope that you will be inspired to contribute to the next issue in April 2010

Robert Douglas Smith
Ruth Rhynas Brown
EDITORS

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Welcome to the second edition of The MAGAZINE

The newsletter of ICOMAM, the International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History, published to inform members of its activities and publicize these to the wider world. Since our first issue ICOMAM has held its conference in Rio de Janeiro where we were in the very capable hands of Admiral Armando Bittencourt. He and his staff looked after us in superb style enabling us to see their wonderful collections, meet our South American colleagues and experience Brazil’s legendary hospitality. We have included a short photo essay of the conference here.

As in the first issue we have a mixture of material from news and exhibitions to articles on objects and displays. As we stated before we hope to provide a forum for the wider field of arms, armour and military studies – to share ideas and experiences and spread information about what worked and what did not. We hope you find it useful and informative.

We welcome feedback and comments and hope that you will be inspired to contribute to the next issue in September 2009.

Robert Douglas Smith
Ruth Rhynas Brown
EDITORS

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Welcome to the second edition of The MAGAZINE

MAGAZINE was born from the desire of ICOMAM, the International Committee of Museums of Arms and Military History, to inform members of its activities and publicize these to the wider world. We plan to publish twice a year – in Spring and Autumn. Each edition will carry news items relating to our museums and information about exhibitions, conferences, people, museum developments and new acquisitions; articles about wider issues such as objects, history of collections, conservation; and reviews of exhibitions, museums, and books.

We would also like to cover new technologies and developments in museums – in fact everything and anything about our subject. We hope it will provide a forum for the wider field of arms, armour and military studies - to share ideas and experiences and spread information about what worked and what did not. We hope you find it useful and informative.

We welcome feedback and comments and hope that this issue will inspire you to contribute to the next.

Robert Douglas Smith
Ruth Rhynas Brown
EDITORS

Download issue 01, September 2008 (PDF, 1,5 MB)

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