Museums & Galleries Qld

Jenny Black posts again from her mentorship at Mercy Heritage Centre

Posted on: 4 November 2013

The Mercy Heritage Centre is a a social history museum located in a school campus as is my small museum. This makes my learning experience totally relevant to my position.  My initial introduction to the Mercy Heritage Centre collection is one of awe. It is a large collection relating the journey and history of the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.
 StorageStorage practices and collection management have been the focus of the first two days of my Mentorship at the Mercy Heritage Centre. Peter Connell, Helen James and Sr Pauline have really made me feel very welcome. The focus and learning have addressed areas relevant to my topics of special interest. The staff’s experience with storage of collection items, has given me insight and sometimes simple solutions for various storage issues I’ve had. It’s great to be part of, albeit for a short time, a professional museum team, in a fully set up museum. The realisation of just how far I have yet to go to get to anywhere near their stage of development is very daunting – but also exciting to see what the final product can be developed into. They have so much knowledge and information to impart. I feel like a sponge – immersed in and soaking up all the information I can.
I was pleasantly surprised at how busy Peter, Helen and Sr Pauline are at the Mercy Heritage Centre conducting school and other tour groups through the museum. The staff are dedicated to developing communtiy and audience engagement. School programs have been developed with respect to the new National History Curriculum which compliments the Museum experience for the students.
This morning I was also fortunate to include a visit to the All Hallows’ School Archives, also housed in the Mercy Heritage Centre, on the floor above the Museum. I was shown through their collection and archival storage areas and given insight into their to storage plan and procedures.
I’m definitely looking forward to every single day of my MAGSQ Mentorship placement and learning all I can.

M&GSQ’s 2013 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, for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.


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