Sunday, 29 May 2016

Fishing History of Tasmania exhibition

St Helen's History Room invites you, your family and friends to the official opening of
Fishing History of Tasmania

opened by Neil Stump, Executive Officer, Oysters Tasmania

Sunday 19 June from 2pm
RSVP: 15 June
tel: 6376 1479 or 0419731452
St Helen's History Room
61 Cecilia Street
St Helens

Fishing History of Tasmania is a travelling exhibition from the Maritime Museum of Tasmania covering the state's fishing history along with local fishing memorabilia from St Helens. The Shell Collection also awaits to be seen. This exhibition is part of  the Tasmanian Heritage Festival

St Helens History Room
First a stopping-off point for whalers, St. Helens became a busy port exporting tin ore and timber to the mainland, and crayfish to Hobart and Launceston. At the museum, supported by Break O' Day Council, you will discover the story of determined entrepreneur Ewart Tucker, who built his own ships to ensure his timber was shipped to Melbourne and Hobart; fishing and rigging tools carved from whale bone with some beautiful scrimshaw on display; and a textile triptych including the historic ships that have played an important role in the area.
Open 7 days a week, 9 am -5 pm

Monday, 23 May 2016

Exhibition and Floor talk for 10 OBJECTS-10 STORIES

“And there’s such a wealth of amazing stories in the people who were and are still living in those environments. What these small museums contribute to looking after Tasmania’s cultural heritage is amazing. It’s so often understated, but the sheer diversity of these collections, mostly cared for by passionate volunteers, [makes them] a real trove of treasures.” 

quote from Melissa Smith for The Mercury

Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curators in conjunction with Museums Australia (Tasmania) invite you to a hear some of these amazing stories at the floor talk about the current 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm 
146 ArtSpace, 146 Elizabeth Street Hobart  
RSVP or call 6165 6666

The exhibition curators Veronica Macno and Melissa Smith will provide an insight into the development of the exhibition and will be joined by delegates from several of the small museums represented in the exhibition who will talk in more detail about their museum’s collections and their specific object on display.

Image from the article in The Mercury (a great read about the exhibition and Roving Curator Program)

Veronica Macno and Melissa Smith, Arts Tasmania
Raymond Arnold, Eric Thomas Galley Museum
Phyl Norton, Channel Heritage Centre
Andrea Gerrard, Scots-Memorial Museum & Heritage
Margaret Mason-Cox, Hutchins Archive & Heritage Collection

About these small museums

The Eric Thomas Galley Museum (also known as the Galley Museum) is a photographic and general museum in Driffield Street in Queenstown.  As a repository of the historical photographs and materials from the history of Queenstown it contains collections that hold in some cases the last vestiges of the former mines and localities on the west coast. The collection of photographs and text and materials relating to the 1912 North Mount Lyell Mining disaster is extensive. Considerable parts of the photograph collection were photographs collected by and also processed by Eric Thomas.

The Channel Heritage Centre promotes the culture and heritage of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel towns of Margate, Snug, Kettering, Woodbridge, Middleton and Gordon and settlements in the immediate hinterland. The pioneers of this area were the whaler, the timber cutter, the shingle splitter, the bullock driver, the pit sawyer, the early sailing ship and river craft men. Later came the road builders, farmers, orchardists and the scallop and cray fishermen and the migrants. The Channel Heritage Centre is also home to the Don Norton Camera Museum, an astonishing collection of over 600 cameras plus photographic accessories.

The Scots-Memorial Heritage Collection conserves and interprets a collection of documents, artworks, books, objects, photographs, and ephemera relating to the Congregational Union and the Presbyterian Church in Hobart from the 1820s. 

The Hutchins Archives and Heritage Collection comprises photographs and audio-visual records, documents, maps and plans, books, magazines and other publications, trophies and honour boards, uniforms and textiles, coins, medals and badges, artworks, furniture, memorabilia and ephemera from the school, some of which pre-dates foundation in 1846, up to the present day.

“These incredible stories come out as you’re working with the volunteers,” she says. “Sometimes you’ll just have to say, ‘Wow, has this story ever been written down?’ And they’ll say no. “So there is a real need to preserve these stories along with the objects related to them, to collect them before they become lost.” 

quote from Veronica Macno for The Mercury*

* quotes and image from TasWeekend: Treasure hunters
May 22, 2016 10:00amby TIM MARTAIN Mercury


Friday, 6 May 2016

Social Media Marketing Workshop

Image licensed under the creative commons by mkhmarketing

There are over two billion people around the world sharing content on social media. Facebook,  youtube,  Instagram,  Twitter,  Vine,  Linkedin,  Pinterest,  Vimeo, Slideshare, Snapchat....Come along to this intensive course in the Making Museums Work professional development series to see how you could navigate this medium.

Date:               Friday, 27 May 2016.
Time:               9.45am to 4pm [Registration 9.30am]
Where:            MAC - Moonah Arts Centre, 23 -­ 27 Albert Road, Moonah
Cost:               MAT Members: $20; Non-Members $40

Bookings/  Inquiries:  
Arts Tasmania, (03) 6165 6666 or by email:            


Tara Howell, Echelon Marketing   
Tara operates daily in the space of marketing through her consultancy Echelon Marketing. With the assistance of her associates, Tara works with businesses to develop and implement their own marketing strategies. Tara’s presentation will provide a refreshing perspective on the sometimes daunting world of marketing, leaving you with practical advice on what your next steps should be.

Edwina Morris, Arts Tasmania

Edwina has a strong background in the arts and cultural industries and has a lot of experience in marketing and digital communications. She currently manages the digital communications for Arts Tasmania including website content, electronic newsletter, social media accounts and the Tasmanian Arts Guide. She also has experience working with tradition media, managed the Tasmanian office of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, worked on the Tasmanian Bicentenary Program and has directed film festivals and other events.

 9.45am                 Welcome, induction and introduction

10.00am               Tara Howell, Echelon Marketing  
                             ·         What is marketing?
·         Framework of contemporary marketing principles
·         What is a brand?
·         How to develop your  brand?
·         How to promote your brand?
·         What it means to be living your brand?

11.15am               Break - working morning tea (provided)

11.30am               Edwina Morris, Communications Officer, Arts Tasmania

·         What are the best social media platforms to use?
·         What is each platform's advantages and disadvantages?
·         What are some traps for young players and how to avoid them?
·         Does "boosting" work?

12.30     Lunch

1.30pm                 Edwina Morris, Arts Tasmania

(Afternoon tea break between 2.30pm – 2.45pm)

Blogging as a way to communicate stories about your organisation - collections, programs and events.

·         What is a blog and how to set one up?
·         How can it be useful for your organisation?

3.45pm-4pm      Closing

Morning/afternoon tea will be provided. BYO lunch or buy locally

Some light reading 
Recent papers from Museums and the Web 2016 conference

From the museum of the future blog
Integrated media strategies for museums                   

The Shorty Awards--to checkout winning social media (from a USA perspective)

MAT's current favourite Instagram Account

MAT facebook

A joint initiative for Arts Tasmania and Museums Australia Tasmania