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Let's not pretend that Museums Australia is only 22 years old

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An invitation for a chat

I’m interested in the history of Museums Australia and I’m attending the national conference in Sydney 21-24 May. If you share this interest, collar me during the breaks and let’s have chat.

My interest in the history was sparked by…

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Added by Paul Bentley on May 13, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Art Hits in Emerald City

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Tackling a thorny topic

Stephen Fry has written about them. Geoffrey Robertson and Amal Clooney have been to court about them. The debate continues about the Elgin Marbles. The National Gallery of Australia’s dancing Shiva was the object of our local reflections. At the Museums Australia national conference, panellists Michaela Boland from The Australian and respected academics Robyn Sloggett from the University of Melbourne and Donna…

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Added by Paul Bentley on May 5, 2015 at 10:15 — No Comments

Come to Sydney to go to Antarctica

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If you are planning to attend the Museums Australia national conference 21-24 May, why not combine your attendance with a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum exhibition Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica?

Billed as “a survival story for the ages”,…

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Added by Paul Bentley on April 30, 2015 at 11:01 — No Comments

Small museum inspiration at Museums Australia conference

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Refreshing ideas

Those working in small museums and remote locations frequently inspire those working in the larger institutions. Remember, at the 2009 Museums Australia’s national conference, the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology’s Edith Cuffe, who livened us up by showing us how to create something out of nothing with an annual medieval dress-up festival in the unlikely State of Queensland? 

The national conference has also lifted…

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Added by Paul Bentley on April 29, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Why Universities Collect

How are a 3D printed copy of an ancient artefact, a Dhoeri Headdress from Torress Strait, an iconic image of Christine Keeler, the lower jaw section of a sperm whale and a John Brack portrait of Sir Garfield Barwick and Professor A. G. Mitchell related?  They are all items within the collections of Sydney’s third university.  They all form part of the academic enterprise of higher education, each one is a window into the questions that have occupied the minds of staff and students throughout…

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Added by Andrew Simpson on April 13, 2014 at 7:41 — No Comments

University Museums and Academic Heritage

Here's a link to a short report on a colloquium about academic heritage held recently at the University of Ghent.

http://caumac.wordpress.com/positioning-academic-heritage-in-ghent/#!

Added by Andrew Simpson on December 15, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Bill Constable: do you know more?

Do you know the whereabouts of an unpublished book by the Australian stage and film designer, William (Bill) Constable?



The Wolanski Foundation and Olga Sedneva are searching for the manuscript or publisher’s proofs or other material…

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Added by Paul Bentley on November 16, 2013 at 13:56 — No Comments

The Telstra Museum: A fascinating Journey through Australia's Telecommunications History

From Morse Code machines to over-sized 80’s car phones, the Telstra Museum is truly a fascinating place. Run by Stef Novak and his team of voluntary telecommunications enthusiasts, the museums based in NSW, QLD and Victoria are truly an eye-opener to anyone born later than 1980.

In the modern world of smart phones and social media, telecommunications equipment is simply unrecognisable from its earliest prototypes. These days, we can communicate…

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Added by Sam Makdissi on July 23, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

It is surprising that there is a wave of negative feeling about accreditation of museums. Of the 39 standards in National Standards for Australian Museum & Galleries only one requires the input of ca…

It is surprising that there is a wave of negative feeling about accreditation of museums. Of the 39 standards in National Standards for Australian Museum & Galleries only one requires the input of cash - that is related to the purchase of computer technology.
Much as it is difficult for people to DO THE WORK, the remainder require human activity.

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Added by Bill Storer on June 24, 2013 at 20:40 — No Comments

It seems to me that the pervasive "grants culture" across Australia has inspired museum people to expend their energy developing exhibitions et al. I believe that this culture of having a showpiece c…

It seems to me that the pervasive "grants culture" across Australia has inspired museum people to expend their energy developing exhibitions et al. I believe that this culture of having a showpiece comes at expense of learning, caring and nurturing the materials heritage of our nation.

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Added by Bill Storer on June 24, 2013 at 20:40 — No Comments

It seems to me that the pervasive "grants culture" across Australia has inspired museum people to expend their energy developing exhibitions et al. I believe that this culture of having a showpiece c…

It seems to me that the pervasive "grants culture" across Australia has inspired museum people to expend their energy developing exhibitions et al. I believe that this culture of having a showpiece comes at expense of learning, caring and nurturing the materials heritage of our nation.

Recently the cry "there are more museums per head of population in Australia than in any other nation " has been touted. Rubbish! FACT There are as ,many, or more, square miles per community in Australia…

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Added by Bill Storer on June 24, 2013 at 20:39 — No Comments

Museums Australia Online

Don't forget that Museums Australia is all over the internet!

Nationally

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Added by maHub on June 21, 2013 at 12:55 — No Comments

MA Annual General Meeting

The Museums Australia Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 20 May 2013 at 3:30pm, at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, as part of the National Conference How museums work: people, industry and nation.…

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Added by maHub on May 8, 2013 at 11:15 — No Comments

Call for submissions for Provenance 2013 - deadline for submissions extended to 3 May 2013

We are now calling for articles for the 2013 issue of Provenance: The Journal of Public Record Office Victoria. The submission deadline for this year's issue has been extended to 3 May 2013. Further information about submitting articles to the journal are available in the author…

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Added by Sebastian Gurciullo on March 12, 2013 at 14:55 — No Comments

eHive Wordpress plugins and API - beta version 2.0 now released

We have now released beta version 2.0 of eHive's Wordpress plugins and API. You can read all of the technical detail on the new eHive Developers website.  

Phase One – Collection records able to be harvested

In May 2012, we added support for data harvesting. eHive records can be harvested…

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Added by Maria Lempriere on December 5, 2012 at 11:13 — No Comments

MAGNA - call for extries extended must close 20 August 2012

Your opportunity to submit an entry to 2012 Museums and Galleries National Awards has been extended to Monday 20 August.

MAGNA categories include:

  1. Exhibitions
    1. Permanent
    2. Temporary
  2. Public Programs
  3. Sustainability Programs (any project that promotes sustainablity can be building, digitisation, collection management inivations, access

MAGNA are divided into three levels, depending on the budget of the program, for…

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Added by Lee Scott on August 13, 2012 at 14:32 — No Comments

2012 Qld Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards: Nominations Closing Soon

Queensland Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards: Nominations Closing Soon

Have you got your nomination in yet for the Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA)? Nominations close on Tuesday 31 July. Nominate your Queensland organisation or a worthy individual now - they could be a winner this year!



M&GSQ presents the GAMAA to honour the achievements of individuals and organisations in striving towards excellence.



Organisation awards are open to all…

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Added by Leisha Lawrence on July 20, 2012 at 13:37 — No Comments

Museum Studies program closing

The Faculty of Science at Macquarie University has decided to discontinue the museum studies program by phasing it out over the next two years. 

If you regard professional education and training as a critical issue for the museum sector, this is disturbing news. Although we are in the midst of Australia’s Educational Revolution at a time when national cultural policy is under scrutiny, we are seeing cuts not only to this excellent museum studies program but also to the music…

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Added by Paul Bentley on May 25, 2012 at 13:24 — 4 Comments

New Unit at Deakin Uni: Managing Arts in Community Settings

Community based arts are a vital tool for building strong and vibrant communities.

A growing body of evidence highlights the effectiveness of arts projects in engaging communities and increasing local skills and resources, while at the same time creating new and exciting art works.

A brand new unit offered through Deakin University provides the knowledge and skills needed for you or your staff member to design and successfully deliver effective community based…

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Added by maHub on May 24, 2012 at 16:52 — No Comments

Nominate now for the Victorian Museum Awards

Nominations for the 2012 Victorian Museum Awards are now open.

Please see below for guidelines and nomination forms.

The Victorian Museum Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in museum practice. They seek to reward the museums and individuals who strengthen Victoria’s museum industry through outstanding work and a commitment to best practice. 



INDIVIDUAL…


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Added by Dimity Mapstone on May 23, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

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