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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 RUSI WA, established in 1902, holds a nationally significant collection of medals and other historical documents, including photographs, correspondence and personal items that were donated to the Institute over the past century.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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President’s Message

In the first quarter 2017 has been a year of opportunities and challenges for the sector and the second quarter seems to be starting out the same way. Our trading name of Museums Galleries Australia is bedding down as the organisation seeks to better define its role with not everyone understanding the intended inclusive definition of museum which includes galleries. Certainly in times of funding constraint all streams of the collecting sector are concerned that programs and benefits are inclusive. Museums Galleries Australia continues to advocate for the strength of a single voice. As a peak body within the...

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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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Welcome to our new website!

Museums Galleries Australia Western Australia (MGAWA) are excited to share with you our new site – showcasing Western Australian museums, galleries and collections. In WA you may be surprised to find that there are over 400 museums, galleries and heritage sites! Explore them here as we continue to upload them and feel free to contact us to share your stories, images and recommendations. If you are a museum (or working / studying in the sector) and would like to blog with us, please let us know. We are currently extending a welcome to guest bloggers! Find our contact details here and if you have any feedback we look forward to hearing from...

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2016 State Conference: Engaging communities

MAWA 2016 State Conference The 2016 State Conference is back in 2016 and will be held in the Perth Cultural Centre from 12 – 14 October 2016. The overarching theme of the conference is engaging communities and will be exploring creative approaches to planning, working with communities and activating your museum, collection or heritage attraction in innovative ways. There will be speakers and content to appeal to all our members; from the smallest independent collection to the largest state organisations. Speakers Leading international Key Note Speakers from the UK and US will be sharing their experiences with us. We’re excited...

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