It seems every town has a museum. Some hold airplanes or cars, others have old dresses or rare works of art, but regardless of what they have inside, there's always questions about how we
can do things better or increase the number of visitors walking through the door. Back in 2008 the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum opened a dialog on the subject by organizing the
first Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Seminar.
By bringing representatives from more than 100 aerospace museums together from around the globe, attendees are able to share the experiences of the group, ask questions and network with
others. For three days, attendees participate in panels and speaking sessions. This year's theme addressed "Preservation and Restoration of Air and Space Collections: Consolidating
Knowledge and Know-how for the Greater Good." Important topics included fundraising, preparing the next generation of museum staff, providing educational activities and exhibiting.
Last year CMS Director Jack McWilliam attended our behalf and made some substantial headway introducing our group and beginning to network with a number of international museums. Some of
whom were instrumental in our proposal to the City of Calgary. At first there was a hesitancy to become attached to our group because many didn't understand that our goal for the Mosquito
and Hurricane was a non-flying display. Once they learned that we weren't going to fly them and that we would be following the Smithsonian's own restoration practices, they welcomed us as
This year, both Jack and Scott McTavish were able to attend the seminar. Besides having a great time, they renewed contacts from last year and forged new friendships. Among the surprises
was an invitation to a yet untapped collection of parts, as well as numerous drawings.
Scott traveled to Washington ahead of the conference so that he could be a tourist and visit the variety of museums and monuments. Below is an assortment and description of photos from the