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by Bonnie Melrose

As Exhibitions Program Officer, I love my job at M&G QLD, developing touring exhibitions and helping artists and galleries to get their touring exhibitions on the road, but occasionally when I get back into a gallery for a day during installation, it is exhilarating!

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By Jo Evans

At the end of June, M&GSQ headed to the beautiful western downs town of Dalby to deliver the final in a series of six social media workshops to regional Queensland.

The workshop, held in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, (SLQ) was presented by SLQ staff Anne Scheu and Myles Sinnamon over two days and attracted participants from Dalby and surrounding towns including Tara and Miles.

The 13 participants ranged from absolute novices to tech savvy professionals, but what united them was the drive to use social media to best promote and communicate with their respective audiences.

Day one of the workshop focussed on the different social media platforms and, while there are many, we mainly discussed Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and WordPress. Read the rest of this entry »

The Chicago History Museum covers the eclectic story of Chicago in many ways from its fur trade beginnings to its diverse immigrant stories. One thing I am learning here is the many ways these stories can be told. Here history is not just about what happened 50 or 100 years ago but it’s also about what happened yesterday. The Museum embraces the hard to tell story and the celebratory one.

Some of the pioneering story is told through dioramas.  I love the exquisite detail in the figures and the expansive vistas inside. Like big doll houses they have a charm that people are really attracted to, if the long lines in front of them are anything to go by.

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These delightful photos were taken at the Swedish American Museum and they feature the opportunities children have to explore being a pioneering Swedish child about to become an immigrant and resident in America. Children prepare for this big event by dressing up as immigrant children, buying a ticket in a child’s size ticket booth and going up one side of a big boat ready for departure. They leave from Sweden and arrive on the other side of the boat in America. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by Jo Evans, Communications Officer

On Wednesday, May 21, Creative Partnerships Australia organised a free forum with New York-based international arts, philanthropy and management expert, Ben Cameron, and I was fortunate enough to attend.

The forum was held at QAG|GOMA and was an opportunity to learn about how to manage grants and philanthropic donations in these cash-strapped times.

Ben has a pedigree when it comes to philanthropy, managing a special, one-time $50 million allocation, in addition to an annual $14 million grants program for theatre, contemporary dance and jazz at New York’s prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).

He specialises in arts funding, philanthropy and grants, although the DDCF also donates funds to medical research and environmental groups.

While Queensland is a long way from New York, there were many parallels between the work Ben does and the work we do in the museum and gallery sector. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mary Low from the Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc ( 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.

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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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 »

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David Mewes took me on a tour of the old workshops, focussing on them, and explained the items that were housed there and why and where they came from. The Blacksmiths Shop, Foundry, Carpenter’s Shop and the various other workshops that the museum, administration area and collections are housed in – like the Paint Shop, Wagon and Carriage Shop, Erecting and Machine Shop, Boiler Shop.  It’s interesting that my first tours by Richelle and David focussed more on the displays so it was interesting to tour the site with a focus on the site itself and what it really was/is. Really fits with the Time Tours we are doing which are the Now Tours – what’s there now and the Then Tours – what was there in the gold strike era. The oldest couple living in Croydon, born not long after the gold had declined,  were really surprised that this was their town (or what it used to be) as they drove to the hospital, the roadhouse, the supermarket every day and didn’t think much about the blank spaces in the landscape of the town. It was quite moving for them and  David gave me that very same sensation and took me beyond the displays (that are quite imposing and visually demanding as they are so big and close with lots going on) to feed the senses using the girders, nuts and bolts, bricks and hard grit of the workshops themselves to tell their story. 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, for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

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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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Rebekah Butler, Executive Director
Debra Beattie, General Manager
Melissa Fletcher, Information Officer
Deannah Vieth, Training and Professional Development Manager
Leisha Walker, Training and Professional Development Program Officer
Donna Davis, Exhibition Program Officer
Bonnie Melrose, Exhibition Program Officer
Andrea Higgins, Exhibition Program Officer

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