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Author: Christine Rutz WILSON

Nationally Significant Medal Collection to relocate to Artillery Barracks in Fremantle

Nationally Significant Medal Collection to relocate to Artillery Barracks in Fremantle After decades of calling Leeuwin Barracks, East Fremantle home, the Royal United Services Institute of WA will be relocating to Artillery Barracks in Fremantle on 1 July 2017. RUSI WA, established in 1902, holds a nationally significant collection of medals and other historical documents, including photographs, correspondence and personal items that were donated to the Institute over the past century.  The collection includes medals from the Battle of Waterloo (1815), the Boer War, WWI, WWII, through to recent conflicts. Over May and June 2017 RUSI WA will move its historically significant collection of medals, memorabilia and library books to the new site. The displays of RUSI WA Medal Collection are now available for viewing by the general public at the Army Museum of Western Australia.  After 70 years behind closed doors this will mark a significant chapter in RUSI WA’s 115 year history.  This relocation of the Medal Collection has been supervised by the RUSI WA Curator of Medals, Ms Kalindi Hopping with the support from the Curator of the Army Museum of Western Australia, Col (Ret’d) Robert Mitchell.  Eleven panels, displaying the medals, were moved from their current home to a special exhibition room at the museum in May. RUSIWA is passionate about its role as caretaker of its medals, historical memorabilia and other artefacts. A fascinating...

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Western Australian Museum’s Collections Care Manual

Western Australian Museum’s Collections Care Manual Our state museum has created a very useful new resource! Western Australian Museum’s Collections Care Manual is an online resource developed for smaller organisations and private collectors. A series of 12 instructional videos and an updated version of the bestselling book Conservation and Care of Collections provides information on general conservation techniques. This resource acts as a practical guideline. Remember to always contact a professional conservator when dealing with objects of particular concern. Find resource...

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Links and Resources

Links and Resources NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES Are you looking for a comprehensive list of resources on museum practice? The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries contains links to many resources on best practice. Areas covered include: Managing the Museum Involving People Developing a Significant Collection   THE BURRA CHARTER How can we ensure that a heritage place is cared for properly? How can it be handed on to future generations in a way that retains the values which make it important to us? The Burra Charter defines the basic principles and procedures to be followed in...

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The WA Collections Sector Working Group (WACSWG)

THE WA COLLECTIONS SECTOR WORKING GROUP (WACSWG) The journey so far and the next steps   What is the WACSWG?  The Collections Sector Working Group (CSWG) held its first meeting on 19 July 2016.  The purpose of the Working Group is to respond to a series of structural and funding changes in the collections sector and consider how to meet the highest strategic priorities of the sector. Who is it?  The CSWG comprises membership from the WA Museum, State Library of WA, Art Gallery of WA, State Records Office, National Trust WA, Australian Society of Archivists, Museums Galleries Australia WA, Art on the Move, Australian Library and Information Association and the WA Local Government Association, and represents all four collecting domains (ie: GLAM). It is chaired by Alec Coles, CEO of the WA Museum at the request of the Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA).  Key management support is provided by Roz Lipscombe of the DCA. What is it doing?  As a result of extensive consultation across all four collecting domains, the CSWG has identified three strategic priorities for development and for which it will seek support.  Not surprisingly, all three are interrelated.   Three Strategic Priorities A Digital platform for the collections sector  The need for a searchable digital platform for all WA collections is widely recognised and acknowledged: making collections discoverable, integrating...

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Wheatlands Chapter AGM and Workshop

Wheatlands Chapter AGM and Workshop Toodyay Memorial Hall, 117 Stirling Terrace, and Newcastle Gaol Museum, 14 Clinton Street, Toodyay Saturday 24th June 2017   Register at at 9:30am and join us for morning tea and the Wheatlands Chapter AGM.  Afterward find spare time to explore Toodyay’s historic main street with its many specialty shops, as well as the two museum sites – Connor’s Mill and the Newcastle Gaol Museum. Free entry to both sites for Wheatbelt Chapter members. Time: 9.30am for registration, morning tea, and AGM Lunch: 11.30 – 12pm (contributions towards costs of lunch and morning tea appreciated)....

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