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WA Conference Correspondents at MGA2018

We’re excited to announce that 14 members from WA received bursaries to attend the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference in Melbourne, 4-7 June this year. “Agents of Change” is the theme and the program looks full to the brim with great speakers, regional and community days, tours, and national network meetings.  It can be a challenge to get to the National Conference each year so this year we’re bringing the conference to you. Some of our bursary recipients have agreed to be our Conference Correspondents! Conference Correspondents are going to be sharing their expectations, experiences and learning from MGA2018 via this blog and our Facebook page so you can experience the conference through their eyes. Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce our correspondents and what they’re most looking forward to at MGA2018. In the meantime, if you want to hear what they have to say, make sure you subscribe to this blog, follow our Twitter profile (they’re going to be live tweeting) and have liked our Facebook page. You won’t want to miss a thing. Let me introduce our first WA Conf-erespondent. curtis mckinley “My background is a front of house and a back of house volunteer at the WA Museum since 2011. I was also formally a research volunteer at the Armadale Local History Museum in 2016-2017. I am also currently a volunteer archivist at the Museum of Perth. I...

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PLAYING GRAMOPHONES IN MUSEUMS

Playing Gramophones in Museums It is great to see wind-up gramophones in museums being played for interested visitors. However it is very important that the demonstrators know about the steel needles they use. Each steel needle can only play ONE record; and then it must be thrown away. The reason for this is that the records are designed to wear the needles to fit the shape of the groove and spread the weight of the soundbox. They wear to a V-shape. After playing one record, the wear can be easily seen by twirling the needle in sun light. If...

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TELLING OUR STORIES: PARTNERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM – ALBANY

TELLING OUR STORIES: PARTNERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM 17 – 18 May Vancouver Arts Centre Albany Presented in partnership with the City of Albany’s Vancouver Arts Centre, Supported by the Regional Arts Peak Partnership Program If you work in the arts, heritage and culture sector ART ON THE MOVE and Museums Galleries Australia WA are combining their collective and extensive skills to offer you a two day intensive professional development program. The training will explore curating, preparing, presenting and interpreting an exhibition, be it artistic or historic. Who is this for? Arts, heritage and culture sector for educators, curators, archivists, historians,...

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reCollections: An Online Learning Program AND a Fantabulous Reference Resource

reCollections is the name of two different and fantastic resources! reCollections is once a six-volume Australian publication about caring for a wide range of collection materials, developed by Artlab and Australian conservators for the Heritage Collections Council. It includes information about collection storage, display and handling and a glossary. Find it at The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material: Visit the reCollections reference publication The name is also given to an online learning program you may find useful: The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, of the University of Melbourne, offers online conservation education programs and a forum....

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Remembering Them: Newman Launch 2017

Remembering Them: Newman Exhibition Launch December 2017 Some four years ago, well before the centenary of World War One entered general public consciousness, there was in the museum sector a concern. The concern was that local stories relating to the War might be overwhelmed by the broad sweep of commemoration and memorialisation. It was then that an initial approached were made to Lotterywest to explore ways to relate how World War One impacted on local communities. The feeling at that time was that the great feats of gallantry and sacrifice at Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, Villars Bretonneau and Amiens...

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