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Author: Christine Rutz WILSON

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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Professional Learning Workshop: Collecting and Object Handling

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING WORKSHOP: COLLECTING AND OBJECT HANDLING   The Round House, Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park Corner of Edwards and Rose Streets, MANJIMUP Saturday 17 June 9am – 4:30pm Join the WA Museum’s Acting Head of History, Stephen Anstey, for a full day professional workshop in Manjimup. The workshop is designed to develop skills in collection management, and will include a look at collection policy and assessing object significance, object care and handling. Program for the day also includes an update on the collections sector from Robert Mitchell, Executive Officer of Museums Galleries Australia WA, and a Q&A session...

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2017 WA State Heritage & History Conference

Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Friday, May 12, 2017 [8:00 AM – 6:00 PM] Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia What are the threads that connect places with their past? How does an understanding of history enhance our response to heritage?  What common knowledge and skills support a successful local museum and an Indigenous cultural tourism business?  The WA State Heritage & History Conference aims to explore these and many more connections, intersections and common causes over two days on 11 and 12 May 2017, at the iconic Perth Concert Hall. The conference will bring together...

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Masterclass on “The Happy Museums Project” with Tony Butler

Museums Galleries Australia WA is very excited to be able to invite you to attend an exclusive Masterclass on “The Happy Museums Project” with Tony Butler on Wednesday 10 May from 9am-2pm (lunch incl). Tony Butler (the Chair and Founder of the Happy Museum) is a social history curator at the heart of The Happy Museum and has been Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust since 2013. . . Seats will be limited, so do not delay in registering on www.trybooking.com/262526 This masterclass will provide a leadership framework for museums to develop a holistic approach to wellbeing and sustainability....

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