Museum policy updated
THE City of Wanneroo has made changes to its Museum Collection Policy.
Councillors supported the amendments at the May meeting, which the report said would bring it in line with “modern collection practice”.
The updated policy covers objects housed at Wanneroo Regional Museum, Cockman House, Buckingham House and the Old Wanneroo Schoolhouse, comprising a primary and secondary collection across the sites.
There is more information regarding acquisitions and donations, with the latter required to be assessed against acquisition criteria, rather than being automatically accepted.
“Items for the museum collections are selected for their capacity to help tell the story of the history of the Wanneroo area,” the report said.
The policy also better explains reasons for, the principles and process of removing an object from the collection register.
Cr Dot Newton had expressed concern about ensuring removed donated items are returned to family members and the policy states this should be discussed with the original donor or their descendants, “with a view to returning the object or negotiating a mutually agreeable alternative”.
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