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Author: Nina Frichot

Nina Frichot’s thoughts on “Agents of Change” MGA2018 Conference

Between the 4 and 7 June 2018, Melbourne hosted the 17th annual Museums Galleries Australia conference at the historic North Melbourne Meat Markets. The #MGAConf2018 was attended by 400+ delegates from around Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region and some fascinating international key note speakers, with an incredible 24 WA delegates attending. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Agents of Change’ and they certainly delivered, hosting an environmentally friendly conference thoughtfully put together to help preserve our history, present and future with hessian conference bags, a keep cup for our warm beverages, seeded recycled name badges that...

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Malcolm Traill’s thoughts on “Agents of Change” MGA2018 Conference

Hi. Malcolm Traill here, reporting from Albany. Well, the dust has settled from the MGA2018 Conference and time to reflect on the highlights and talking points of the week. I felt that the conference remained true to its theme – “Agents of Change” – and that’s something you can’t always say about conferences! Many of the speakers took up the challenge and directly addressed the question. Are we, or should we be, agents of change? General consensus was, yes, we are doing a good job in challenging times, but there is always room for improvement. Especially notable were papers...

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Digital Access to Museums

Digital Access to Museums     Digital access unlocks collections held in large and small organisations, making them discoverable and available for everyone. Museums are responsible for maintaining history and culture from the past to the present and ensure that it will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. But time does erode memories and artefacts alike, yet with the technology available we are able to capture our history before it crumbles to dust ensuring it’s availability for decades and hopefully centuries to come. Digital Access to Collections have created a practical toolkit with steps for volunteers and staff...

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Australia Day Award for Chapman Valley Museum

We’re a bit late in bringing you this news, but at the recent Midwest Chapter meeting of MGAWA the Chapman Valley Historical Society reps told us about the Award they’d received from their Shire. We love to hear good news stories and couldn’t help but ask them to share the news with us. Here it is! The Chapman Valley Historical Society was awarded the Shire of Chapman Valley Community Group Award as part of the Shire’s Australia Day celebrations.  The presentation of the award was due largely to the success of the WWI Upper Chapman Fallen Soldiers Tribute project...

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GLAM PEAK: Digital Access to Collections Workshop in Perth

Digital Access to Collections   #digaccess_wa GLAM PEAK Do it once, Do it right!! From file standards and formats, the process of digitising items and saving them correctly, applying metadata and managing digital assets. Sharing and providing digitised collections via open data platforms and enhancing your organisation’s profile with social media. If you are worried about sharing your images online then limit them to small resolution jpeg files or put a watermark overlay/ logo to discourage reuse of the image. However it has been found that visitation rates increase with an online collection and that 80% of cultural tourists...

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