Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Museums Standards Program

Wilmot Museum, 2016.

Register now to be part of this new initiative designed to help your museum and the work you do...

The new Museums Standards Program is designed to assist Tasmanian museums aim for best practice in management, build a significant collection and connect with their community and visitors.  The program is based on the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries and offers resources, fresh ideas and a framework of goals to aim for. Arts Tasmania’s Museum Standards Program is an opportunity to look at how Tasmanian museums work and to provide an opportunity inspired by the best ideas from some of the finest minds in the Australian museums sector. It is also a great chance for our museums and collections to consider what they would like to achieve in the future.

Museum staff and volunteers are able work on the self-assessed program at their own pace with Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curators available to offer support, advice and assistance with projects that work towards completion of the program. The successes of participating museums will be promoted in Arts Tasmania newsletters and associated media. There will be two intakes in the next 12 months, Tasmanian museums interested in participating in the pilot program can find more information and register their interest here:

The first registration period is open now and closes on Friday, 9 December 2016.
A second registration period will open in April and close in May 2017.

Register your interest

Registration is made using the Arts Tasmania online application form. You will need to register an account or login with an existing account before being able to open the online form. 2016-17 Museum Standards Program Registration .

You are also welcome to contact the Roving Curators to discuss your registration in advance. Please phone 6165 6666 or email

For more about the program including eligibility criteria see the Arts Tasmania page.

'Boats in bottles' exhibition opening

St Helens History Room is pleased to present its latest exhibition Boats In Bottles.

The official opening is scheduled for Saturday 17th December 2016 from 1 pm at the 
St Helens History Room where refreshments will be available.
RSVP by 14 December
Tel: 63761479, 63761744 or 0419731452
Enquiries: Kym Matthews, Curator

Boats In Bottles
The exhibition consists of nearly 40 model boats set in bottles that represent the life work of Mr Richard Massey.  Mr Massey is the model maker of this private collection currently on display and during his lifetime has worked on or captained each of the model boats presented. Mr Massey has progressed from Ship’s Peggy to Ship’s Master working in the shipping industry from 1951-2013.  Mr Massey has generously lent his collection to the St Helens History Room for display purposes and the History Room is delighted with the exhibition.

Available for viewing until March 2017.

61 Cecilia Street