Museums & Galleries Qld

Alison Shaw blogs from Mentorship at Newcastle Museum

Posted on: 7 February 2014

Arrived at Newcastle Museum  on Monday Feb 3rd- what a great place, 3 heritage listed buildings with high ceilings, with heavy industrial beams, arched windows placed in exposed brick walls and joined unashamedly by new modern construction forming the reception foyer and link gallery.
Oriented myself with the exhibition spaces- there are permanent and changing exhibition spaces.
One gallery has Newcastle’s story- uses photos everywhere- no captions. Random photos from across the years narrate the heritage of the city.

Love their photowall – we can do this in Tambo!! Park side of the Carrangarra.

This Museum knows its community and designs its exhibitions to engage and interest them.
Key Idea: Interpreting local stories- objects and their stories need to have a connection to the ‘place’- not a random display of objects.

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Roped into Tuesday Tales- every Tuesday story reading for under 6 year olds, a great public programming initiative. I spoke with a few of the Mothers- they come every week, consider the Museum very welcoming, very child friendly and focused. Exhibitions and activities are often aimed at/interesting/engaging for children. Mothers may stay at Museum longer for children to go to miniova (science activities for small children), play or have a coffee, check out new exhibitions.
Later in the day I went on radio with Julie Baird, the Deputy Director. Julie has a monthly spot on the local ABC- Local Treasures. In this way the Museum connects with the community, puts call outs for assistance with information, engages interest in the exhibitions and maintains a high community profile.

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.


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