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On 14- 15 June,  M&GSQ staff, Debra Beattie and  Ann Baillie were privileged to attend a two day workshop at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery run by Adriane Boag and Sally Collignon from the National Gallery of Australia. The Art and Alzheimer’s Training Workshop is designed for arts and health professionals, volunteers and carers and supports regional gallery and aged care facilities to develop their own gallery program for people living with dementia and their carers.  At the workshop we listened to a talk on Dementia from Ann Bingham, viewed demonstration tours conducted by Adriane Boag with visiting groups from a local aged care facility, learned about communication techniques, planned a gallery tour and brainstormed approaches to developing sustainable programs  at  the Toowoomba and Warwick regional galleries.

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After several years building a partnership, the Walker family and the Museum formally signed the Oodgeroo of the Tribe Noonuccal Custodian of the Land Minjerribah Collection Management Deed. Mayor Karen Williams was witness to signing the historic Management Deed.

The Deed provides for the Museum to house and assist with the preservation of the collection, but allows for the material to remain in the Walker family’s ownership and control. Of particular note are the Management Principles that guide the relationship, which include a recognition of sovereignty, equity, respect and trust.

Before the Deed was signed, the Museum Committee, staff and members participated in a Cultural Heritage Education Program (CHEP) with the Walker family. (Announced today in the newsletter of  North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum).

For more information see Elisabeth Gondwe and Petrina Walker’s presentation at M&GSQ State Conference 2011. view conference presentation

Historypin is a participant-built digital map that gives people around the world an opportunity to represent their photographic history in relation to landmarks. This online ‘citizen history’ develops a massive network of collections and stories.

Sarah Barns, the Australian director of Historypin is planning a big Australian presence on this site through the Australian Memory Project 2013. Follow the blog at<>

Sarah’s previous work has included the production of the ABC’s Sydney Sidetracks in 2008 and co-production of the wonderful Unguarded Moments for the City of Sydney’s Art & About Festival in 2011. You can see Sarah’s presentation on Intangible presences: Re-locating archives for heritage interpretation using mobile media at M&GSQ’s 2011 State Conference in Mackay

At M&GSQ’s 2011 State Conference, Making a Difference,  in Mackay last year some of us heard Dr Adele Chynoweth, Curator (ATSIP Team), National Museum of Australia speak with eloquence and passion about Developing the exhibition, Inside: Life in Children’s Homes.

Her article on this powerful work has now been published- see

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 M&GSQ State Conference, and made it such a success. Papers will be posted to the M&GSQ website along with downloadable audio and video files of the presentations in the next few weeks.

Did you attend a session at the Conference that you found inspiring, intriguing or simply engaging?

What did you learn at the Conference that you want to share with others or have already shared with colleagues who did not attend?

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At M&GSQ’s State Conference, 11- 13 August, Friday’s Plenary session Changing Nature of Collections provides perspectives on managing collections for the future. Graeme Were, now Lecturer in Museum Studies, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland prompts delegates to challenge the bounds of normally acceptable practice.  He will draw on his co–edited forthcoming publication Extreme Collecting (Berghahn Books, 2012) and a collaborative series of workshops with University College London and the British Museum. Graeme Were explores the key points of a series of public debates held at the British Museum in 2007-8 that centred on discussing objects that resist being collected for reasons of their size, scale, materiality, marginality, legality, mass production or for their political or ethical nature. The debates intended to foster a critical debate about museum collecting practices and to move towards identifying priorities for collection policies which are inclusive of acquiring ‘difficult’ objects. Read the rest of this entry »

Jo Besley, Senior Curator Social History, Queensland Museum, and Churchill Fellow 2009 was named one of the Friends of The Ration Shed at the NAIDOC celebrations in Cherbourg in recognition for her pro-bono work.

Sandra Morgan, Chairperson of Cherbourg Historical Precinct, thanked the Friends of the Ration Shed for assisting with their vision:

‘to give our community a strong clear picture of their history and a sense of pride in that history, to engage and to educate the people of Queensland and Australia about what life was like living under the Aboriginal Protection Act and to offer a positive vision of the future’.

See for Jo’s article  on worldwide examples of Contentious Histories: Museums as Site of Healing. Jo is a keynote speaker in the Agents of Change plenary at M&GSQ’s State Conference in Mackay which will feature public art, galleries, museums:  Museums as ‘crucible’ for identity, healing and recovery

 For more on Cherbourg’s celebration at The Ration Shed, see


Lydia Egunnike, Senior Conservator at the State Library of Queensland, has also been honoured as a Queensland Disaster Hero for her exceptional efforts to help restore items from the flood damaged collection of Ipswich photographer and photographic historian, Sandy Barrie. Read the rest of this entry »

In the opening plenary, Liza Dale-Hallett, Senior Curator of Sustainable Futures, who led the Victorian Bushfires Collection project will reflect on how museums can make a difference to people dealing with disasters.  Drawing on this experience and her visit to an international conference post Cyclone Katrina, Liza will provide powerful examples of how museums can provide healing, commemoration and remembrance through collections, art, oral history and videoed interviews. Their bushfires collection project started when affected communities across the state contacted the museum with offers of donations in the days after Black Saturday. One of these, the Kinglake chimney, the largest and most complex item of this collection, was disassembled brick by brick and re-laid at the museum as a permanent memorial Read the rest of this entry »

M&GSQ’s State Conference has sessions designed to help you make decisions on your your gallery/ museum lighting and air-conditioning, to improve your carbon footprint and one day even your budget.

Key preliminary findings will be presented by the consultants engaged by Regional and Public Galleries Association of NSW (RPG NSW) and Museum and Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) to research and produce a technical industry report on future considerations for gallery/museum lighting and air conditioning, in the wake of recent developments such as the Federal Government’s phase out of incandescent lighting.

RPGNSW and M&GSQ have commissioned Steensen Varming (Environmental Engineers) and International Conservation Services to produce a Technical Industry Report on the issues of lighting and air conditioning (environmental control) to assist our sector in making informed decisions on these two critical issues. Museums Australia and M&G NSW are supporting this initiative too.
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