Organisation: International Institute of the Inclusive Museum
Position: Executive Director
An alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Amareswar Galla is Professor of the World Heritage and Sustainable Development at the University of Split located in the World Heritage City of Split.
Organisation: National Museum of Denmark
Position: Educational Development Manager
Mette Liv Skovgaard isthe educational development manager at the National Museum of Denmark. With a BA in History and an MA in Communications and Museum Studies, she has nine years experience in the museum industry in Denmark. MetteLiv has worked with the Museum of Copenhagen, the Ministry for Culture, Denmark University of Copenhagen, the University of Roskilde, Fortifications of Copenhagen, Danish Museums Association, Museum Center Zealand, Royal Arsenal Museum and the Danish National Network of Museum Education.
Topic: Happy days and hard times: Co-creating your museum with the visitors.
How can your museum be more co-creative? Opening up your museum and inviting your community in is state of the art in museums all over the world. There is no doubt that a participatory strategy brings vibrant and relevant exhibitions and engages the community. But co-creating your museum with visitors is hard work too – and often the visitors do something totally different from what you planned them to do. With 8 years of experience in co-creating museums with visitors I will like to share with you my favorite memories and worst nightmares on how we operate participatory museums in Denmark. And give you my best do’s and don’ts for you to make your museum a little more participatory.
Organisation: Freelance curator
Kylie Winkworth is a freelance curator and tireless advocate for small museums.
Organisation: North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum
Geoff is President of the North Stradbroke Island Museum at Dunwich, and has been actively involved with the museum for over 12 years.
Topic: “Hello. What are you doing here?” Does your museum structure reflect the diversity of its community?
A Museum Board membership that reflects and responds to its community is one of the most difficult challenges facing small museums. So often, museum committees are made up of people with similar backgrounds and interests, perhaps unaware that there is a diversity of voices and talents being excluded. Museum boards need to appropriately address the intellectual property of donated materials and diverse cultural protocols. This paper will challenge you to have a fresh look at your community, think more openly about your board composition, and provide strategies for embracing new models of governance that more equitably reflect your community.
Organisation: North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum
Position: Management Committee Member
Evelyn Parkin is a Quandamooka woman born and raised on the little Aboriginal community on Minjerribah, Moopie Moopie Pa/One Mile. Evelyn is a member of the Management Committee of the North Stradboke Island Historical Museum and an Elder of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.
Topic: Aboriginal Cultural Awareness in Museums (presented with Cameron Costello)
This presentation will highlight the cultural identity of the local Aboriginal people. It will bring awareness and an understanding of inclusion of the local people of your area. For far too long Aboriginal people have not been represented in museum governance. There are protocols to be observed especially when it comes to groups of people coming in to museums and wanting to learn about Aboriginal culture and history. Quandamooka people have a very deep and historical message to tell.
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Organisation: Redland City Council
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Organisation: Frank Howarth and Associates Pty Ltd
Frank Howarth is the National President of Museums Australia (since 2013), and Honorary Associate and Former Director of the Australian Museum. Frank Howarth and Associates Pty Ltd provide strategic advice to the culture and science sectors.
Frank has trained as a geologist, completing a BSc in Geology at Macquarie University, followed by a Master of Science and Society from the University of NSW, focusing on science and biotechnology policy. In 1996 he became Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. In 2003 Frank spent six months as Executive Director, Policy and Science at the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, before taking up his current role in February 2004 as Director of the Australian Museum.
Organisation: The Workshop Rail Museum
Position: Program Support Officer
Tanya Edbrooke joined the staff at The Workshops Rail Museum just prior to its opening in 2002. She has an interest in talking with and capturing the stories of the past workers. Since 2010 Tanya has been coordinating past worker events and recently implemented the Workers Club program. The Club provides an avenue to reconnect with past workers of the Ipswich Railway Workshops to bring new stories to the visitor experience through oral histories whilst also building the museum volunteer base, visitors and revenue.
Topic: The Workshops Rail Museum, Workers Club Program
The Workers Club is a recent innovation at The Workshops Rail Museum to build a stronger connection with past workers.
Organisation: Queensland Maritime Museum
Position: Operations Manager
Alan Bibby joined the Royal Navy when he was 15 years old. He emigrated to Australia in the early 1970’s, and has 30 + years management roles in heavy Industry. He became a volunteer at Queensland Maritime Museum in 2000, and became Operations Manager in 2007. He currently manages 170 volunteers at the Museum.
Topic: Volunteer Alternatives and their Availability and Performance
Many volunteer based small museums have difficulty attracting and training enough volunteers to keep the museum operating well. This topic draws on the experience of Queensland Maritime Museum to explore alternative sources of available labour that might be available from government and community programs.
Beth Jackson is a curator of contemporary art with over twenty years’ professional experience and over ten years with a specialist focus in art for the public realm. Beth has practiced as a consultant since 2002, and is currently the Director of Artfully, an arts consultancy she established in 2012.
Topic: “Bimblebox: art – science – nature” exhibition and its Virtual Catalogue
This is a national touring exhibition of artworks made in response to the Bimblebox Nature Refuge – its unique landscape, its social and scientific significance, and the impending threat of its destruction from coal mining. The development and curation of the exhibition “Bimblebox: art – science – nature” involved the production of a digital exhibition catalogue published as an app for the iPad. The diversity, quality and sheer amount of media and information able to be showcased on digital platforms inevitably leads to considering this realm as an experiential environment in its own right, every bit as engaging as the ‘real world’ gallery. This paper will explore the creative inter-relationships between the exhibition, its virtual catalogue, the interdisciplinary context, and the expansive audience and contributor connections they have generated.
Organisation: Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation
Cameron Costelloe is the CEO of Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation. Cameron has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws He is a Quandamooka man whose heritage line is the Costelloe and Close Families.
Topic: Aboriginal Cultural Awareness in Museums (presented with Evelyn Parkin)
Organisation: St Vincint's Health Australia
Delene Cuddihy is the archivist at St Vincent’s Health Australia, SEQ. Her interest in heritage exhibitions led her to do a Summer Intensive on the Arts in Healthcare at the University of Florida in 2011. Since then, she has been responsible for initiating arts programs at the various SVHA hospitals and aged care homes.
Topic: The Hospital as Gallery and Museum
Despite being a relatively nascent field in Australia, the significant role art has in health and healing is becoming widely embraced internationally.
Organisation: Redland Art Gallery
Position: Gallery Support Officer
Dominique Macedo began working at the Redland Art Gallery in 2010 initially as a trainee and then in 2013 as a Gallery Support Officer (collections). She is an art museum professional with significant experience in collections, management and curating.
Topic: High Schools in Focus 2014: school engagement initiative.
Recently Redland Art Gallery has made a real move toward school engagement through outreach programs that use the Visual Arts Curriculum and student involvement. High Schools In Focus 2014 is a post card exhibition and the first exhibition program the gallery has put forward to high schools in the Redlands area. The exhibition is designed to encourage teachers to use the gallery and its exhibitions/events within their education program in order to shift the demographic and encourage younger patrons to the Redland Art Gallery.
Organisation: Creative Industries Faculty, QUT
Position: Assistant Dean, Research and International Engagement
Helen Klaebe is Assistant Dean, Research & International Engagement for the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT and is co-editor of IOHA’s Words & Silences Journal and Vice President of IOHA. She is a professor of creative writing and researches narrative-driven community engagement as a writer, producer, curator and historian.
Topic: Transmedia Storytelling: From interviewing to Multi-Platform
Organisation: Ed Program Design
Janis Hanley works with small museums creating engaging education programs that align with the Australian Curriculum. Her background is in heritage, policy and participatory design. Janis is Qld Representative on the Museums Australia Education Committee, and founder of MAEQ – a Queensland Education network. She is currently studying a Masters in Arts and Media. Her business is Ed Program Design.
Topic: WWI Digital Story Telling
Shares how to create a World War I Digital Story making excursion at a small museum using the History in Place Program kit (by HTAV, Culture Victoria and Heritage Victoria). Ideal for Year Nine Australian History Curriculum. Students being their own i-Pads to the museum and, using i-movie, create digital stories using photos and footage they take at the museum of objects, activities, and interviews with volunteers, then add their own narrative. Stories are shared at the end of the day, and the best awarded. An excellent way to get year nines involved and retelling the WWI stories from their own perspective.
Organisation: Ormiston House
Jessica Stroja is the Historian at Ormiston House where she enjoys working with the community to provide beneficial research outcomes for both the historic home and its visitors. Her doctoral thesis research focuses on the long-term impact of pre- migration and early arrival experiences on Displaced Persons and the family unit.
Topic: Memory, Identity, Community: Building Relationships in the Present while Maintaining Connections with the Past
Varying models of community engagement provide methods to build lasting relationships with visitors. Nevertheless, the nuances of this engagement continue to remain a unique process that requires delicate balancing of museum obligations and community needs. The paper will discuss how engagement can provide visitors with historical knowledge while enhancing understanding of their identity in the present. It will argue that museums can balance their obligations of education and representation of the past with long-term, meaningful community needs via projects that utilise aspects of community-driven engagement models.
Organisation: University of Queensland
Position: PhD Candidate
Jo Besley is a PhD Candidate and tutor in the Museum Studies Programme at the University of Queensland, studying the representation of trauma in Australian museums. She was formerly Senior Curator of Social History at both the Queensland Museum and Museum of Brisbane.
Topic Learning from Cambodia: difficult histories as pathways to community cohesion.
The modern history of Cambodia is one of war, genocide, destruction and trauma. How does a nation and its people recover from such a difficult recent history, and what role do cultural institutions such as museums play in facilitating recovery for both individuals and communities? In Cambodia, the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) and other museum initiatives are confronting the country’s difficult history in a range of innovative ways via community development and cultural tourism initiatives. In this presentation, I will explore what we can learn from Cambodia’s willingness to address its difficult past and argue that we, in Australia, shouldn’t shy away from difficult aspects of our past but recognize it as an essential pathway to community reconnection.
Organisation: Moreton Bay Regional Council Museums Network
Position: Network Coordinator
Joan Kelly is the Network Coordinator of the MBRC Museum Network and has held this role since the three museums in the region were networked in January 2012. She has a background in supporting community museums and is inspired by working with community groups to tell local stories.
Topic: Regional community partnership projects by the three museums across the MBRC Museum Network
Over the past 12 months the Moreton Bay Regional Council Museum Network has undertaken a Regional Community Partnership project. Each of the three museums across the Network undertook a different theme to partner with local community groups to develop an exhibition in each venue:
Wild Bribie showcased wildflowers and birds of Bribie island in partnership with the Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association and the Wallum Action Group (Bribie Island Seaside Museum);
Weddings: a Cultural Experience – compared 8 culturally diverse communities (Pine Rivers Heritage Museum)
Near the Jetty - researched the social history of the Redcliffe Parade retail area with the Redcliffe Historical Society (Redcliffe Museum)
Organisation: Deep Creek Digital
Kevin Wright is owner of Deep Creek Digital, an AV and interactive media business, supplying products and services for public spaces from aquariums to zoos. Kevin says the important service is getting the story or information connected with the audience, not the technology. See more in the Courier Mail, http://tinyurl.com/mk4k8tr
Topic: iBeacons museum tours: Latest AV & multimedia tech & apps for exhibits
A look at the cutting edge location based systems for smart devices, iBeacons; and why they make the older tour systems redundant.
A review of the newish AV and multimedia technology and apps for audio, screen and interactive exhibits
Organisation: Independent historian
Lesley Jenkins is an independent historian, specialising in oral history. She is also a writer, freelance curator and digital story producer. Recently her work has been with the City of Gold Coast where she has drawn heavily on the oral history collection and material from the Gold Coast’s community museums to mount exhibitions and produce booklets, films and internet material to accompany them.
Topic: What Small Museums Can learn from Big Ones - 2 weeks at the Chicago History Museum
Large professional museums have budgets, specialized staff and full programs covering everything from the research and collection stage to mounting blockbuster shows. But what are some of the things they do that small museums can learn from and emulate? This presentation will look at the practices at this museum and touch on the work of the very popular Sixth Floor Museum (the JFK assassination Museum) in Dallas, Texas.
Organisation: Redland Museum
Position: Exhibitions Officer
Richard (Rick) Thomason has been involved with Redland Museum since 1980 and included 10 years as Honorary Secretary. Since 2000, he has taken on the role of Exhibitions Officer for the Gallery space. His previous career was in interior design and retailing. He is presently the Chairman of the Brisbane branch of the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society and has been a member of the Queensland branch of the National Trust since its inception.
Topic: Community Involvement in the Temporary Exhibitions Program at Redland Museum
Organisation: Yugambeh Museum
Rory O’Connor is a descendant of Jackey-Jackey, King of Logan-Pimpama (c1820 – 1901), and also Jenny Graham(c1859 – 1943), a prominent Aboriginal woman in the South East Region. As Managing Director of Yugambeh Museum in Beenleigh, Rory has been involved with many positive initiatives keeping Yugambeh Aboriginal heritage alive in the South East Qld Region. As the tribe scribe, he has spent much time with the Elders (past and present) and has produced numerous books, exhibitions and videos to help preserve their stories and memories. Rory is also the founder of the annual three-day Aboriginal walking pilgrimage, The Drumley Walk, which follows in the footsteps of Billy Drumley (1853 – 1951).
Topic: Yugambeh Mobo (Yugambeh Tomorrow): Connecting All of Community to Aboriginal Country
Yugambeh Museum is coordinating a community movement called Yugambeh Mobo to connect the wider community to the Aboriginal stories, language, tastes and culture of South East Queensland.
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Organisation: Music Health Australia
Position: Occupational therapist
Sandra Kirkwood is an occupational therapist and ethnomusicologist who curates and manages culturally engaged community music projects with diverse cultural groups through outreach from the Purga Music Museum. Her PhD research was carried out through the Indigenous Research Unit of Griffith University, with support from Adrian Miller, Professor of Indigenous Research. Professor Miller is of the Jirrbal people of North Queensland.
Sandra completed a Bachelor of Music (2005), followed by Master of Philosophy in developing “Frameworks for culturally engaged community music in rural Ipswich” through Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Sandra has worked as Disability Project Officer for Ipswich City Council, Allied Health Consultant, and University Equity and Diversity Consultant (University of Queensland) and in mental health and correctional services. She is the founding Director of Music Health Australia, thereby bringing together community-based occupational therapy service with a network for people interested in music and health. Further information is at www.musichealth.com.au.
Topic: Cultural Significance and Musical Development of Children in Small Museums
With the recent advent of online digital technologies, staff of early childhood centres increasingly utilise computers and multi-media applications with very young children, aged from birth to six years, in early childhood programs. This has attracted the attention of various child development specialists and a debate is raging in the media as to the pros and cons of ‘virtual electronic’ versus ‘material world’ active learning opportunities. However, when this scenario is played out with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, it is even more contentious because the technological changes have resulted in shifting responsibility for teaching and learning of Indigenous Australian songs, dances and musical culture to a new physical and social environment which may be in tension with traditional customs, relationships and Indigenous knowledge paradigms. The rate of social change and distancing of musical development from community life has been enormous, so in many cases there has not been adequate consultation and negotiation as to how early childhood staff are to effectively implement the National Early Years Learning Framework with respect to management of Indigenous heritage and culture. This article explores several sites of cultural significance and their potential for promoting musical development opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The discussion situates the issue within current teaching and learning practices and highlights the need for proactive community-led solutions that are developed in creative collaboration with children, families, Elders, respected culture bearers and early childhood staff – for all Australians.
This presentation explores ways of engaging children in music heritage and culture at several sites of cultural significance. The purpose is to promote musical development opportunities that are suitable for Indigenous and other Australian children. Discussions on this topic will act as a springboard for providing further community music and experiences in small museums.
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Organisation: Redland Art Gallery
Stephanie Lindquist is currently Director of Redland Art Gallery. She has been working within the gallery and museums sector for over 20 years and was inaugural Exhibitions Manager at the State Library of Queensland, leading the redevelopment of the State Library of Queensland exhibition galleries from 2003-2006. She has also held curatorial, project and program management positions in the visual arts and heritage sectors.
Topic: Effective children’s programming for small art galleries and museums.
Education and outreach programs for young visitors are sometimes considered secondary to museum collections and permanent displays. However, museums don’t require large budgets and resources to engage with families and children.
This seminar will look at the range of strategies developed by Redland Art Gallery to develop younger audiences, from children’s exhibitions to activity stations, workshop or holiday programs, and student resources, encouraging self-directed learning in the museum context.
The presentation may also include examples drawn from the heritage and museum sectors.
Organisation: Timeline Heritage
Steve Chaddock is Director of heritage consultancy Timeline Heritage. After graduating as an Archaeologist in London, Steve completed his Masters in Museum Studies. He has over 20 years diverse experience in the heritage sector in the UK and Europe and Australia. He has a keen awareness of the need to minimise our impact on the interconnected world in which we live. Steve also has a graduate certificate in Sustainable Enterprise.
Topic: Clever Custodians - presentation illustrated with examplles
Get acquainted with a useful new resource and become a Clever Custodian. This presentation considers energy consumption in small museums and galleries by producing practical advice aimed at reducing the amount of energy we consume. We consider the buildings containing our collections and how passive design principles work as well as looking at improving existing structures. We look at our equipment and practices and consider the environment in our display, storage and working areas. Save money so you can spend it on something you actually want to spend it on!
Organisation: Abbey Museum
I am passionate about Museums and their contribution to society, I love technology and new media. Marketing and business development come naturally to me and I love using these skills in a Museums context. I love sharing knowledge as much as I love continuing to learn.
Topic: The Digital Engagement Framework: Every Museum should have one. Perspectives and Inspiration from Europe
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