Mu­seum as­sess­ment pro­gram en­sures longevity

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

EIDSVOLD, Monto and Mt Perry mu­se­ums were con­grat­u­lated at a Bund­aberg cel­e­bra­tion re­cently for com­plet­ing a chal­leng­ing year-long pro­gram de­signed to en­sure they not only sur­vive, but thrive in the fu­ture.

North Bur­nett Mayor Don Waugh and Bund­aberg Mayor Mal For­man joined vis­i­tors from Mu­seum and Gallery Ser­vices Queens­land to con­grat­u­late the three mu­se­ums.

The pro­gram un­der­taken by Eidsvold and District His­tor­i­cal Com­plex, Monto His­tor­i­cal and Cul­tural Com­plex and Mt Perry Bi­cen­ten­nial Mu­seum re­quired them to as­sess their prac­tice against the Na­tional Stan­dards For Aus­tralian Mu­se­ums And Gal­leries.

The pro­gram recog­nises par­tic­i­pants’ achieve­ments, raises their pro­files and iden­ti­fies ar­eas for im­prove­ment and devel­op­ment.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Eidsvold and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety said com­plet­ing the sur­vey was time con­sum­ing, but at­tend­ing a work­shop was in­valu­able.

“It was a won­der­ful work­shop – very prac­ti­cal and taught us in­ex­pen­sive ways of con­serv­ing our col­lec­tion.”

Mt Perry Mu­seum’s sec­re­tary-trea­surer Bep­pie Stan­ley said it was won­der­ful to have been recog­nised and to take part in the year-long pro­gram.

“The work­shops cov­er­ing au­dit­ing, tag­ging and pre­serv­ing were a great learn­ing curve for me,” she said.

Monto His­tor­i­cal and Cul­tural Cen­tre is now look­ing for­ward to join­ing forces with sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions in the North Bur­nett to show­case se­lected his­tor­i­cal ob­jects of towns in the re­gion.

All par­tic­i­pat­ing mu­se­ums learned from the vis­it­ing ex­perts and are now armed with fresh ideas to im­prove their com­plexes.

Photo: Contributed

MU­SE­UMS CEL­E­BRATE: A cel­e­bra­tion for North Bur­nett par­tic­i­pants and stake­hold­ers in 2012 Mu­seum and Gallery Ser­vices Queens­land Stan­dards Re­view Pro­gram was held in Bund­aberg re­cently. (Back, from­left) An­nBail­lie, Cr JohnBowen, CrPaul Lobegeier, Cr Paul Fran­cis, Con­nie Dyke. (Front from left) Dean­nah Vi­eth, Eve­lyn Ban­croft, Ly­dia Egun­nike and Carolyn Larsen.

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