Alissandra Cummins


Currently Director of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society and Chairperson of the Barbados National Art Gallery, Ms. Cummins has attained a number of key positions including: Chairperson - Executive Board, UNESCO (2012-2013); Chairperson - International Advisory Committee of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme  2007-2009;  Vice Chair - World Heritage Committee (2008-2011);  President - International Council of Museums (ICOM), 2004 – 2010; Chairperson - UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Country of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation (ICPRCP) (2003-2005); Vice President - Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) 1992-1998.

Ms. Cummins currently serves as the Vice Chair - Board, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and Member- Advisory Board, International Network of the Slave Route Project.

Ms. Cummins’ work has garnered recognition both nationally and internationally, including being awarded a Fellowship of the Museums Association UK (1993), the Barbados Gold Crown of Merit (2005), Royal Order of the Sahametrei of Cambodia (2013). In 2017 she was designated a Member of CAM’s Honorary Cowrie Circle, as well as an Honorary Member of ICOM.

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