Museum assessment program ensures longevity
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.
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.