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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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What is the value of Museums in Western Australia?

The 2016 Museums Galleries Australia WA survey was completed by 155 Museums of 483 museums in Western Australia and thus a return rate of 32% was achieved. Museums are educational, trusted, beloved and economic assets to communities everywhere. Museums support thousands of jobs and contributing to the Australian economy. From just 88 Museums volunteers have dedicated over 72,000 hours pa of their time, a monetary value of up to $2million! Museums welcome millions of visitors every year in WA alone. They are there for everyone from childhood to grandparents, students and educators, tourists from all over the world. Museums...

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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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