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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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President’s thoughts on “Agents of Change” MGA2018 Conference

I am still caught up with the elation of the 2018 National Conference for Museums and Galleries Australia held in Melbourne last week.  It provided such a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues across the country and focus on important projects and initiatives resonating within the sector. This year we became a part of the North Melbourne city-scape, known for the gritty urban television dramas portrayed across its streets. The conference took place at the Meat Market, an iconic heritage listed building re-imagined as a venue hire space for arts and culture activities. Many of the original cobblestone floors,...

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Convict Tracks of the Victoria District

An exciting new concept, “Convict Tracks of the Victoria District” is to be launched on the weekend of 2 & 3 June 2018. In acknowledgement of the crucial role convicts had in the development of the Midwest, local organisations have worked together to create a drive trail to be called “Convict Tracks of the Victoria District”, which is the region between the Arrowsmith & Murchison Rivers. This trail incorporates exhibitions about convicts at the Irwin District Museum, the Greenough Museum and Gardens, the Old Geraldton Gaol, Lynton Convict Depot and the Chapman Valley Museum. Between 1850 and 1868, 9,721 male...

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It is well known that the GLAM sector is supported, and in many cases entirely run by, teams upon teams of volunteers. In the 2016 MGAWA “Value of Museums” survey, 88 museums reported over 72,000 volunteer hours were contributed that year. That’s a monetary value of approximately $1,801,800, but what does that look like for one individual? One man’s time. George Fowler is a member of the Carnamah Historical Society and at the recent Mid West Chapter meeting, he reported that he alone had volunteered over 900 hours for the Society in 2017. That’s just under half the average 9-5...

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Introducing Julianne Mackay, another of our WA Conferespondents attending MGA2018 Conference in Melbourne. JULIANNE MACKAY I have worked in a variety of travel and events positions, notably 8 years with the Perth International Arts Festival where I was the Travel Manager handing all flights, accommodation and visa arrangements for incoming artists. I’ve worked for a broad range of arts organisations like PICA and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company as well as STEPS Youth Dance Company, Performing Lines Western Australia and at UWA. I’ve curated a number of individual projects and exhibitions including the annual St Georges Art Show, which I’ve...

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