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Museum & Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) proudly announced the recipients of the 2013 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at a special event hosted by Museum of Brisbane on 22 November. Guest presenter, Hon. Ian Walker, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts presented the winners with specially-commissioned trophies created by Queensland artists, Charlotte Beeron, Theresa Beeron, Ethel Murray and John Murray, represented by Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre.

We bring you the stories on each of the Winners and Special Commendation recipients of the 2013 GAMAA in five categories. In our final article, we announce the GAMAA recipients in the category, ‘Organisations: Staff of 4 or more’:

WINNER – Museum Development Officer Program, Queensland Museum for their 2013 Queensland Museum MDO Flood Response

SPECIAL COMMENDATION – The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich for their exhibition, I’ve Been Working on the Railway

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Museum & Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) proudly announced the recipients of the 2013 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at a special event hosted by Museum of Brisbane on 22 November. Guest presenter, Hon. Ian Walker, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts presented the winners with specially-commissioned trophies created by Queensland artists, Charlotte Beeron, Theresa Beeron, Ethel Murray and John Murray, represented by Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre.

We bring you the stories on each of the Winners and Special Commendation recipients of the 2013 GAMAA in five categories. In this second article, we announce the GAMAA recipients in the category, ‘Individuals: Paid’:

WINNER – Virginia Rigney, Senior Curator, Gold Coast City Gallery

SPECIAL COMMENDATION – Imelda Miller, Assistant Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies, Queensland Museum

This category was generously sponsored by the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland. The Winner receives a prize to the value of $1,000.

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Museum and Gallery Services Queensland (M&GSQ) proudly announced the recipients of the 2012 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at a special event hosted by the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, Caboolture, on Saturday 17 November. Guest presenter, Hon. Ros Bates, Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts congratulated this year’s recipients and presented the winners with a specially-commissioned trophy created by Queensland artist, Donna Marcus.

In the coming days, we will bring you the stories on each of the Winners and Special Commendation recipients of the 2012 GAMAA in five categories. In this first article, we announce the GAMAA recipients in the category, ‘Organisations: Staff of 5 or More’:

WINNER – Museum of Brisbane for its contemporary art project,  my own private neon oasis.

SPECIAL COMMENDATION – Queensland Museum for its exhibition, Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour and Gwen Gillam.

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ACCESS ALL AREAS: Chicago History Museum

Let’s get this out of the way, Chicago isn’t cold and windy.  It’s very, very cold and windy!  But at least now I can blame my crazy hair on the wind and no-one here has to know that it looks like this most of the time.

My Fellowship at the Chicago History Museum (CHM) is exceeding expectations, with staff from all areas of expertise taking time out to discuss their role here including achievements and issues they face.  It’s reassuring to know that many of these issues are faced by museums big and small around the world.

So far I have met with executive staff as well as curatorial, conservation, exhibitions, social media and the education team, and been initiated into the world of Chicago by trying a Chicago-style hotdog.  Which, by the way, are delicious.

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Highlights so far

Dioramas are popular!  Who would have thought?  One gallery in the museum has a number of dioramas featuring Chicago.  During recent renovations they were fitted out in a specially-designed gallery with new interpretation and every time I pass this space it is packed with visitors.

Audio tours aren’t supposed to be funny, are they?  I’ll admit it, I’ve never been a fan of the audio tour, having found most boring and monotonous, but at CHM two amazing audio tours are on offer. One has been produced by local high school students who also provide the narration and the other by comedians from a local comedy club which had me laughing like a crazy person as I walked around the Chicago Crossroads exhibition.

Excitement is building.  Staff are preparing for a new exhibition called Shalom Chicago and every department is involved in some way, so I am able to see the progress from different viewpoints.

The collections, exhibitions and programs reflect different Chicago communities.  CHM are following a very logical, but often skipped, process of working with their various communities.  They do not mount an exhibition and invite the community to come and see it, but instead consult and engage from the outset.  This process has led to different cultures being introduced to the museum environment and the donation of more important objects which will help shape and increase the significance of the collection.

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BRONWYN ROPER is the Queensland Museum’s Museum Development Officer for Central Queensland.

M&GSQ’s 2012 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, http://www.magsq.com.au for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Big Things

Railway carriages, wagons and locomotives are big things. And with big things come some big challenges, not least of which is the responsibility to take care of these museum accessioned objects. The locos in the US are, on the whole, really BIG.  The diesel locos are amongst my favourite things – they are big, shiny, imposing and evocative of a place and time when railroads were important.

Added to the size of these objects is the sheer volume of wagons carriages and locos that a lot of railway museums hold in their collections.  Storage and display for rolling stock (as with any large transport items – buses, planes, boats) is therefore particularly challenging. Many museums have an enormous array of heritage rolling stock sitting on rail lines in yards, open to the elements and largely un-interpreted. And herein lies the challenge. How do you store, restore and interpret so that your responsibility to an accessioned object is met when there are so many and they are so big?

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For museums such as the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the B&O Railroad Museum and the Altoona Railroaders Memorial, there have all been variations on the theme of undercover storage. Large railway-styled buildings such as the climate controlled rail hall at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania or the new Roundhouse being built at Altoona offer a mechanism by which care for the objects is enhanced by storage inside at the same time as visitor access is improved. But can and should you put all of your rolling stock inside?

With desirable space up for grabs, railroad museums here are beginning to look at their rolling stock collections with a critical eye. Many report that collection in the past has been ad hoc and consequently their holdings are variable, with some highly significant objects side by side with yet another (insert relevant wagon / carriage depending on context!). They simply have more rolling stock than inside space can fit. The opportunity to get items on display has meant that a more rigorous view of significance is being brought to focus on these items. This has also aided in assigning priorities on conservation and restoration and given rise to strategic decisions about what themes, pairings, eras and foci for display are to be used. In some cases, curators have gone a step further and are selectively de-accessioning a small number of locomotives and carriages not considered significant under their collection policies. These are generally donated to other organisations, thus maintaining heritage while slightly lessening the burden in a big collection. With the pressure of finances and the premium cost of storage and display of Big things, this critical eye is a step we could all learn from.

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GERALDINE MATE is the Senior Curator, Transport and Energy at The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich, a campus of the Queensland Museum.

M&GSQ’s 2012 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, http://www.magsq.com.au for more information about the Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Vicki Warden, Museum Development Coordinator | Museum Development Officer, Museum Resource Centre for Southern Inland Queensland, Regional Services | Queensland Museum

Vicki Warden, a successful recipient of M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program, has completed an International Fellowship in New Zealand. Vicki is Museum Development Coordinator | Museum Development Officer based at the Queensland Museum’s Resource Centre for Southern Inland Queensland in Toowoomba. Her placement was with National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP), Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Gabriel Smith, a volunteer with Umbrella Studio in Townsville, and Rebecca Bradford, a volunteer with Redcliffe Museum have recently completed Volunteer Internships under M&GSQ’s pilot 2011 Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program.

Gabriel undertook her Volunteer Internship with QUT Art Museum at Gardens Point in Brisbane, while Rebecca completed her Internship at the Queensland Museum South Bank campus.

The Mentorship, Exchange and Fellowship Program is being offered again for 2012. Potential applicants must register with M&GSQ no later than 14 October 2011 – see the end of this article for details.

Gabriel and Rebecca report on their Volunteer Internships:

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