Museums & Galleries Qld

Museum Development Officer, Bronwyn Roper, blogs from her International Fellowship at the Chicago History Museum, USA

Posted on: 15 October 2012

ACCESS ALL AREAS: Chicago History Museum

Let’s get this out of the way, Chicago isn’t cold and windy.  It’s very, very cold and windy!  But at least now I can blame my crazy hair on the wind and no-one here has to know that it looks like this most of the time.

My Fellowship at the Chicago History Museum (CHM) is exceeding expectations, with staff from all areas of expertise taking time out to discuss their role here including achievements and issues they face.  It’s reassuring to know that many of these issues are faced by museums big and small around the world.

So far I have met with executive staff as well as curatorial, conservation, exhibitions, social media and the education team, and been initiated into the world of Chicago by trying a Chicago-style hotdog.  Which, by the way, are delicious.

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Highlights so far

Dioramas are popular!  Who would have thought?  One gallery in the museum has a number of dioramas featuring Chicago.  During recent renovations they were fitted out in a specially-designed gallery with new interpretation and every time I pass this space it is packed with visitors.

Audio tours aren’t supposed to be funny, are they?  I’ll admit it, I’ve never been a fan of the audio tour, having found most boring and monotonous, but at CHM two amazing audio tours are on offer. One has been produced by local high school students who also provide the narration and the other by comedians from a local comedy club which had me laughing like a crazy person as I walked around the Chicago Crossroads exhibition.

Excitement is building.  Staff are preparing for a new exhibition called Shalom Chicago and every department is involved in some way, so I am able to see the progress from different viewpoints.

The collections, exhibitions and programs reflect different Chicago communities.  CHM are following a very logical, but often skipped, process of working with their various communities.  They do not mount an exhibition and invite the community to come and see it, but instead consult and engage from the outset.  This process has led to different cultures being introduced to the museum environment and the donation of more important objects which will help shape and increase the significance of the collection.

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BRONWYN ROPER is the Queensland Museum’s Museum Development Officer for Central Queensland.

M&GSQ’s 2012 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is funded by Arts Queensland through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). RADF is a joint Queensland Government and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture.

See M&GSQ’s website, http://www.magsq.com.au for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

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