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Chicago is a city with a big history and a lot to say. My international Fellowship has provided me with the opportunity of exploring the way the Chicago History Museum tells this story through its exhibitions, education and school and public programs. This takes in tours, talks, food, architecture, games and theatre and I’m sure there are lots of other ways this is done that I am about to learn about in the next little while. Not only am I lucky to be here I’m lucky with the weather – it’s not windy and it’s not cold, in fact it’s humid!

I have been on a walking tour of OLD TOWN and the name gives it away. The city is treated as an artifact with a story to tell. This is told very well because the tour is well researched and the story given life by our volunteer guide, Henry Wykowski . There are gorgeous buildings and quirky aspects to them, bears in wall niches, grand staircases leading to timber homes perched on brick bases, and stories linking them to the introduction of the sewerage system. Our guide knows his city and its stories so well we hung on his every word. Walking tours, tours with strollers, tours with dogs (called pup tours as opposed to pub tours), train tours, just about every kind of tour becomes a part of the public program and this and most of the other outdoor activities are programed for summer as winter here is incredibly bitter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mary Low from the Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc (www.cadcai.org) writes from her M&GSQ internship at the State Library of Queensland:

One of my stated objectives during this internship was to learn more about digital imaging.  During week one, I got to spend time with the Digital Imaging and the Microfilm Unit at Cannon Hill.  I learnt about the types of photographic equipment used: SLR cameras, overhead camera stands, book cradles and scanners, including a beaut wide-bed scanner which takes oversized images such as architectural plans and maps.  I am lucky to receive hands-on training to use the equipment and software to photograph, scan, process, and file images in digital format on both Mac and PC systems. The digital imaging team is currently digitising material for the Q Anzac 100 Project and an on-line exhibition about Qld architecture, Hot Modernism.

The training and conversations I have had with SLQ digitisation staff have given me deeper understanding of the processes involved in digital preservation, and the knowledge to begin to digitise our community’s collection of historical and contemporary photos, news clippings, ephemeral and other objects.

SLQ has developed a number of useful resources which are available on line to encourage and assist groups and individuals to digitise and preserve their collections. See links below:

http://vimeo.com/62131787

http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/about-us/projects-and-partnerships/distributed-collection-of-queensland-memory/digitisation-toolkit

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.

Demounting and installing an exhibition at a large gallery has been an interesting exercise.
Basically the system is the same as we undertake in our ‘little’ space (compared to MRAG!)
But there are a few tips and new techniques I have learnt- the laser level being the best idea.

I love the works hanging without wires – but think this would be difficult in our situation as it is more time consuming and in a smaller space the walls could begin to deteriorate in appearance with the constant ‘bogging’ – even if you are a master painter!
Had a ‘fun’ time yesterday with the foam core- I have always struggled to use it but will return with a new attitude towards this substance- get a new craft knife and keep it clean & sharp!

Placement of the wall labels is simplified with a purpose built stick – we need to make one of those!

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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A week at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery began by demounting an exhibition of works that are insured for $4.4million! – Master pieces from the Peter Elliot collection.
The systems used by the team are pretty much what we do at the Grassland Art Gallery but they do have a couple of nifty ideas that I will take home and implement.
My favourite thing is the laser level – no red wool stuck up with blue tack! We want one of those – soon as!!!
I do like their blocks of wood covered in carpet used to prop work off the floor and their cleaning trolley which is loaded with all the tools and materials needed for an installation.
Eight people all knowing what they are doing – what a breeze. Everything down, packed away, walls painted, the next exhibition works framed, placed and up on the wires.

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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Newcastle Museum is exciting and innovative- interactive- it is all about activity, activation and change. A museum is not the same for ever; NM is not a ‘crusty’, everyone wants something different and NM tries to give it to them. Different exhibitions for different people- giving them an experience they don’t get anywhere else.

NM has recently opened a shop, the goal of the of the shop is to bring people in to the shop to purchase – it is not just targeting sales at the museum audience. Merchandise is being created with the idea that customers will come and purchase a unique gift that they can’t get elsewhere.

Exhibitions are developed with the community in mind, as a recognition of their identity. Key learning-Labels: wording for labels should be short and sweet, written to be comprehended by a twelve year old. Simple language, clear explanations.

Also an image of the ferry- what a way to go to work each day!

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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This 2nd week at Redland Museum it’s been more about the people that make this community not-for-profit museum work.

I’ve had the opportunity to watch more closely the relationships between museum staff,  management and volunteers and it is obvious there is a good measure of respect between everyone here at Redland Museum, of course that’s not to say there is always agreement, but healthy discussions do foster informed decision-making!

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What I have also observed in my two weeks is that no matter how large or small the museum is the challenges for this largely volunteer sector are very similar, even the challenges Cardwell faces due to distance are no more or less challenging than those experienced by Redland Museum in what we would consider the “city”.

I’ve spent some time this week with staff & volunteers around the collections management data base, including the photographic collection, which will help us in our endeavour to improve our own data base and processes and everyone was more than happy to point out the aspects that do work well, as well as those areas that could be improved upon or done differently.

I have not only expanded my skill and knowledge in the  many aspects of Museum & Collections Management from my time at Redland Museum but have also thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend other volunteers working in the field of history & museums to think about applying to the Volunteer Mentorship Program offered by Museum & Gallery Services Qld.

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Leisha Walker, Training and Professional Development Program Officer
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Bonnie Melrose, Exhibition Program Officer
Andrea Higgins, Exhibition Program Officer

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