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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:

The State Library is the largest collecting institution in Queensland, with 1.7 millions of books, one million photographic images and millions of ephemera objects, maps, musical scores and works of art. From day one I quickly get an idea of what that looks like and the volume and wealth of material that the SLQ conservation unit processes in order to preserve and make its collections accessible to the public through loans and exhibitions online.

Day one, I meet my mentor, senior conservator Rachel Spano who gives me a tour and overview of the SLQ conservation unit which is located on level five. Rachael takes time to explain the work of the three main teams within the unit: visual media, collection conservation, and digitisation and microfilm (located at Cannon Hill.)

I am shown the labs and dedicated work spaces where various tasks such as digital imaging, photographic copying, box making, book binding, and paper preservation and restoration are carried out. I meet some of the staff.  I also accompany Rachel to the quarantine, in the basement where a new significant acquisition, the Rechabite Collection has just been delivered and will proceed to be, surface cleaned, and checked for mould and treated for bug infestation by freezing or   placing in the mobigas chamber before being catalogued.  I am impressed by the equipment, resources and established systems in place. I feel privileged to have this opportunity to observe best practices in action  and learn as much as I can during my time with the conservation unit.

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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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! Read the rest of this entry »

Check out Helen Price’s blog for ideas from her internship at Museum of Tropical Queensland that she is excited to apply back at the Gubbi Gubbi Keeping Place Noosa Museum, Pomona. See ideas for Education kits , interactive displays and other display ideas.

IMG_1505bM&GSQ’s 2013/2014 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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Sadly, today is the final day of my placement at the Army Museum of North Queensland. During the second week of my placement, I have continued to work with Carol in the conservation room learning more conservation and preservation skills, while at the same time reinforcing knowledge learned regarding storage practices and collections management. Amanda offered her expertise on several occasions as we cleaned and reframed a photograph, readied a set of medals for display, and tackled the challenge of how to preserve and store AAF silk maps. These were just a few of this week’s projects.

Amanda has provided me with information on several topics, including display development and design, guidelines for small museums for writing a disaster preparedness plan, emergency planning and operation, conservation techniques for archives and objects, prevention conservation and notes on relative humidity and temperature, caring for wartime memorabilia and so much more. I have many hours of reading ahead, so my learning experience will be ongoing once I return home.

Participating in a volunteer internship has been rewarding and is probably a once in a lifetime experience. In view of this, I have done my utmost to observe and learn as much as possible during my placement, and as I reflect on the last two weeks, I realise that now it is my responsibility and challenge to share all I have learned with the staff at the Central Queensland Military Museum with the goal of improving this museum’s operation.

I would like to thank the Museum & Gallery Services Queensland and the Regional Arts Development Fund for this fabulous opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills, which have given me a better understanding of museum practice.

M&GSQ’s 2013/2014 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.

Ever feel like you brain might explode?

Welcome to my world after four days at the Redlands Museum, as part of a MAGSQ internship in the voluntary museum sector.

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After a few stops and starts my visit has coincided with the pointy end of Redlands moving their collection into a new, purpose-built, collections store.  The move is one stage in the museum’s $1.4 expansion.  When their new facilities open at the end of May, Redlands Museum will have additional exhibition, storage, training, childrens and workshop spaces, with provision for a café to be installed at a later stage.  In all 800 sqm of internal space and 200 sq m of veranda space has been added to the museum’s existing 1800 sq m facility. Read the rest of this entry »

Karike Ashworth, Volunteer, Redcliffe City Art Gallery

Karike Ashworth, a volunteer at the Redcliffe City Art Gallery, had the opportunity to examine schools outreach programs during an Internship with the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery. Karike is a successful applicant to M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Karike talks about the skills and knowledge she gained in dealing with schools and with other public programs during her Internship:

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Emma Bain, Director, Redland Art Gallery

Emma Bain, a successful recipient of M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program, has been increasing her knowledge of travelling exhibitions at a national level during her Mentorship at the National Gallery of Australia, ACT. Emma is Director of the Redland Art Gallery.

Emma shares her experiences of her Gallery Mentorship:

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Marg Power, Volunteer, formerly Dogwood Crossing @ Miles now based at Wandoan

Margaret Power, a volunteer formerly with Dogwood Crossing @ Miles and now based at Wandoan, was awarded an Internship at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery from M&GSQ’s 2011 pilot Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Marg reflects on what she learned about running a regional gallery:

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Leigh Dennis, Volunteer, Yeppoon RSL Military Museum

Leigh Dennis, a volunteer at the Yeppoon RSL Military Museum, learned new skills in conservation and preservation during an Internship with the Army Museum of North Queensland in Townsville. Leigh is a successful applicant to M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Leigh discusses her new skills and knowledge:

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Anna Thurgood, Exhibitions Curator (currently Acting Director), Artspace Mackay

Anna Thurgood had a valuable opportunity to observe gallery practice at a national level during her Mentorship with the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, as a result of her successful application to M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program. Anna is Exhibitions Curator (currently Acting Director) at Artspace Mackay.

Anna talks about what she gained from the Mentorship:

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Museums & Galleries Queensland promotes, supports and provides services to foster excellence in museums, galleries and keeping places. We strive to ensure a future where museums, galleries and keeping places are relevant, accessible and valued by their communities.

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