Museums & Galleries Qld

Dianne Smith, Cardwell Museum blogs from internship at Redland Museum

Posted on: 22 November 2013

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I’m half way through my 10 day internship with Redland Museum but already have copious notes, bright ideas and loads more possible ideas that need a little further exploring.
The Redland Museum President, Ross Bower gave me a guided tour of the Museum on my first day (a Museum of a much larger scale than Cardwell) and he’s been so informative, as have the museum staff and all the volunteers – and wow do they have just a few volunteers! I have made the occasional bribe to see if any would like to visit Cardwell Museum, just for the experience of course!

Seriously though, as a large part of my reason for doing the internship was to gain some knowledge on the administrative side of museum management this experience is proving very worthwhile. I’ve had discussion with the Museum Manager on volunteer management, how to keep volunteers engaged, some tips on documentation and even the health & safety aspects. I’ve had discussions with Ross on the administration of the organisation, productive engagement with council and such things as effective decision making within the Redland Museum governance structure and I will spend some time next week with the Administrative officer to look at some collections management software including an insight into the management of the digital components.

I was also fortunate to be able to sit in on a Collections Management meeting (accessioning & de-accessioning) listening attentively to see if/how the same process could be applied to our smaller museum collection and volunteer base.

I was wowed by the work of the Textiles group and displays as well as their lovely climate controlled room, small museums would kill for this.

The “alcove” and “small box” display were most impressive and could be applied to our museum to make the display more visually intimate; the small box is inside a larger cabinet focusing attention to the collection of items, and the larger alcove as below displaying just a few select pieces of handmade pioneer furniture, however for our museum “small” alcove might be more appropriate for our building size.

M&GSQ 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, www.magsq.com.au for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

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