Museums & Galleries Qld

BLHN Seminar ‘Milestones not Millstones’

Posted on: 13 May 2013

Brisbane Living Heritage Network put on a great seminar on Friday 10 May 2013 at Old Government House.

Chair: Katie McConnel Speakers L to R: Jo Forsyth, Terry Gallagher, Rebecca Hazell & Stewart Armstrong Photo: Leisha Lawrence

Chair: Katie McConnel Speakers L to R: Jo Forsyth, Terry Gallagher, Rebecca Hazell & Stewart Armstrong
Photo: Leisha Lawrence

Here are my top tips to share:

  • Terry Gallagher, Manager Policy & Implementation, Queensland Studies Authority encouraged social history museums and sites to take advantage of the opportunity to make their education programs relevant to the national history curriculum.All students from Prep- Year 10 will study history. The national curriculum is available at Qld P-10 curriculum and resources, that show what students are studying in each year level, can be viewed at
  • Jo Forsyth- Manager QM Loans, Queensland Museum explained how their loan kits link to different year levels of the Australian curriculum including history, biological sciences, earth and space sciences and physical sciences. Teachers can borrow kits of museum artefacts with resources that show teachers how to use these for evidence based learning in their classrooms. See Let BLHN know if you’d like a session at the SE Qld Museum Conference in October on how to write ‘scaffolding’ material so students can use your objects for their evidence based learning.
  • Rebecca Hazell, Consultant  Giving Capacity  & Stewart Armstrong, EO National Trust of Queensland  shared a Fundraising case study for National Trust.  Rebecca is a fundraising teacher, who has been  working with the NT identifying opportunities, building capacity to fundraise. Some learnings are people give because of the needs you meet in the community, because of the difference you make in the community, people give to people. Relationship centred fundraising is about finding people with same values such as people who have given to you before or those who volunteer their time to your organisation who might put a bequest in their will. For more info see web or read Ken Burnett ‘Relationship Fundraising’.
  • Jenny Steadman shared Miegunyah’s success in moving their organisation towards Community engagement- Looking out not Looking In. Jenny acknowledged the following as key steps: M&GSQ Standards Program, a M&GSQ Standards Program grant for succession planning, North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum’s approach to community engagement, the Griffith University social enterprise students, QUT film students, UQ Museum Studies students,  and partnerships with quilters, rag ruggers.Their success has seen new partners, more volunteers both long term and project based. Jenny sagely advised ‘Be careful what you wish for- new vols will come but if you are not organised to cater for what they can contribute they will not stay’!



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