Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Bluey's Magical Adventure: St Helens History Room Book Launch

Book Launch Bluey’s Magical Adventure

Sunday 2nd December at 3 pm

Join the author Ken Mackay and illustrator Sue Briginshaw for the launch of their dragon fantasy children’s reading book.

Afternoon tea served
RSVP Kym.Matthews@bodc.tas.gov.au

About the book

Tasmania’s answer to New Zealand’s Hobbits has arrived in a stunning new book called Bluey’s Magical Adventure by Ken Mackay. Stunning llustrations by Sue Briginshaw highlight the story set in Tasmania and Transylvania where dragons, snarks and magicians fight epic battles for survival.

In this book one enters the fantasy world of Tasmania’s Tolkien, of innocent dragons, an evil Count Dragu, shapeshifting goblins, Snark pies and Gooberberry slices, of secret castles and ancient caves and seas. It is a world that once one enters, one will never want to leave; a story to keep reading over and over about the adventures of the intrepid young dragons and elder magicians.

A delightful children’s book that will appeal to readers of all ages – to anyone who has made up stories for children and watched their eyes light up as they dream off with fantastical characters, strange foods and exotic locations.

This book makes a fine contribution to Australia and New Zealand’s world leading
contribution to children’s fantasy books.

-Don Defenderfer

Apparently Dragons are no strangers to St Helens History Room! 


Thursday, 27 September 2018

Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract to be part of the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2019 program. 

The conference will be held in Alice Springs from 13 to 17 May at two fantastic venues, the Araluen Arts Centre and the Alice Springs Convention Centre. 
The call for abstracts will close on Monday 15 October 2018.
This year, we have designed this conference with curated plenary and parallel sessions, and a mixture of invited plenary speakers, presentations by members, and outstanding keynote speakers.
There has also been an increase in lightning sessions, as they provide more presentation opportunities, improved energy and variety, and a chance to showcase innovative aspects of projects.
The theme for MGA2019 is At the Centre: Our People, Our Places, Our Practices which will investigate how museums and galleries are situated at the very centre of national conversations about identity, communities and relevance, our diverse public, and the way we are deeply implicated in both a local and national understanding of Australia’s past, present and shared future.
Click here to download the abstract submission requirements. 
Suggested formats:
a. Poster (in catering breaks)
b. Lightning talk (8 mins)
c. Presentation / Paper (20 mins + questions)
d. Panel / Debate (45 mins)
e. Curated session (90 mins)
f. Workshop
g. Other
Please note all submissions may be considered for both the Regional, Remote and Community Day (RR&C Day) program and the main conference program. 

Webinar: How to write a conference proposal

From https://www.exordo.com/blog/how-to-write-an-abstract-for-a-conference/

Need help with writing your first conference abstract? Want to polish up your skills?

The MGA2019 call for abstracts are open and MGA is hosting a “How to write a conference proposal” webinar at 10am on Friday 28 September with speakers @misskokolib and @lyndakelly61.

For all enquiries regarding the webinar, please contact the Museums Galleries Australia National Office, or Lucinda Davison, National Professional Development Coordinator.

For more information on the call for abstracts, please visit http://mga2019.org.au/call-for-abstracts.

Call for Abstracts: AICCM PSIG-SCC ‘Managing Risks to Collections’ Conference

From https://research.arizona.edu/learn-more/art-conservation

The conference will be held in Melbourne from 18th - 20th February, 2019. 

Abstracts are due on Friday 2nd November, 2018.

The AICCM Preventive SIG (PSIG) and AICCM Sustainable Collections Committee (SCC) in partnership with the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a 3 day symposium focusing on managing risks to collections. Using the Ten Agents of Deterioration as an orienting framework across the twelve sessions, the symposium will explore leading practice in sustainable preventive conservation and risk management tools to prioritise collection care in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific.

The program will bring together an inter-disciplinary mix of scientists, conservators, collection managers, engineers and cultural heritage academics to present technical papers, case studies and theoretical reviews on such areas as museum lighting, pest management, disaster preparedness and environmental guidelines. Particular focus will be given to exploring the theme of dissociation beyond the practical and technical to incorporate loss of personal, social and cultural narratives.

It will incorporate a range of presentation formats including papers, posters, lightning talks and panel discussions. The organising committee now welcomes abstracts of 300 words for papers, lightning talks and posters:

        Paper presentations should be tailored to 20 minutes in length.
        Lightning talks should be tailored to no more than 5 minutes in length with an abstract for publishing.
        Posters will be hard copy and pdf format with abstracts published.

To submit your abstract or for more information about the conference, please refer to the AICCM website. 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The Tasmanian Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register--Apply now

Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania draw their assessment panels from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register. They are seeking expressions of interest from people engaged within the arts, cultural heritage and screen sectors to join the register now.
It is important to all artists that a broad range of views (from people from different artforms, level of practice, locations and cultural backgrounds) are represented on their assessment processes.

People who are approved for inclusion on the register and invited to participate in assessment receive payment for their time. They are not excluded from applying to Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania programs.

What is the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register?
New legislation was introduced in 2017 changing the way Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania assess funding applications. Assessment panels will now be drawn from the Cultural Creative Industries Expert Register. Screen Tasmania will also convene a standing panel from the register called the Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group.

Who can be on the register?
People working or engaged within the arts and screen sectors are encouraged to put forward an expression of interest. We are seeking a broad range of candidates in terms of art form area, age, cultural background and career stage from artists, practitioners, administrators and other sector professionals.

How do I apply?
Fill out an expression of interest form. Once assessed, the Minister for the Arts will appoint successful applicants to the register. You will be notified by email if your expression of interest has been approved.

What would I need to do?
Experts included on the register may be invited to join a panel to assess applications in support of Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania programs.  The successful applicants invited to participate in assessment may be asked to:
  • attend meetings at our offices in Hobart or Launceston
  • participate in phone or video conferences
  • access and use the online assessment system
  • review electronic documents.
There is no obligation to take part in assessments if invited.

Step up and have a go. 

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Grant Programs for small museums--apply now

The Friends of the Launceston Mechanics' Institute Inc.
received a Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection grant
for a display cabinet. Photograph: Peter Richardson via Arts Tasmania
The Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Grant Program offers help to museums, galleries and collections wanting to buy items for preserving or displaying objects.
You can apply for up to $1 000, or up to $2 000 with matched funding.
This grant is offered through the generosity of Ms Lynne Stacpoole, who has donated funds to Arts Tasmania to support the cultural heritage sector.
To apply for this grant you need to speak to a Roving Curator. You can email them, or call on 03 6165 6666. 
Applications close 1 October 2018

Other grants 

Help from The Arts Tasmania Roving Curator Program

The Roving Curator program gives museums, galleries and collections access to our museum professionals for up to 25 days.

Opens: 3 September 2018
Closes: 15 October 2018

See here for more details

Cultural Heritage Program
The Cultural Heritage Program supports museums, galleries and collections to deliver a range of high quality cultural heritage activities that strengthen Tasmania's robust, diverse and vibrant cultural heritage sector, engage and inspire audiences and the wider community, and preserve Tasmania's movable cultural heritage.

Opens: 3 September 2018
Closes: 15 October 2018

See here for more details

From Arts Tasmania Cultural Heritage News

Survey to develop Digital Access Plan

Making our collections interconnected
Every gallery, library, archive, museum and historical society in Tasmania is invited to provide information on its collection, and on the accessibility of Tasmania’s cultural collections. Even if your collection doesn't have an online presence  your information will still assist the research.

You are invited to take the survey

GLAM Peak is collecting information on all collections in Tasmania to develop a Digital Access Plan for museums and collections in Tasmania.

GLAM Peak is Australia’s peak representative body of the galleries, libraries, archives, historical societies and museums sectors. Its primary aim right now is to establish a shared vision and approach to digital access to Australia’s cultural collections through the development of a national framework.

To progress this, Tasmania is one of the first jurisdictions tasked with developing a Digital Access Plan. This work will be used as a pilot for other states and territories, and will help inform development of the national framework. By completing this survey you will help GLAM Peak gain greater understanding of the key issues they need to address together through Tasmania’s Digital Access Plan.

For more information please call Ross Latham on  03 6165 5579 or email ross.latham@education.tas.gov.au
For more information about GLAM Peak please go to: www.digitalcollections.org.au

Survey closes 26 September 2018

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Visitor Services Workshop

Would you like to improve the experience visitors have when they visit your collection?
This workshop focuses on visitor services, front of house and guiding. Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of that first interaction with their visitors and how to make the visitor experience an informed and memorable one. You will have the opportunity to explore some areas of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery – Inveresk site with the presenter’s guidance.

Thu. 27 September 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm AEST

Queen Victoria Museum
2 Invermay Road
Invermay, TAS 7248

The workshop is free for Museums Galleries Australia (Tasmania) members, and $22.00 (inc. GST) for others.

Registration close Friday, 21 September 2018.

Presented by Paul Cooper, Guiding Coordinator, TasTAFE, Drysdale

Paul Cooper has 25 years' tourism industry experience. He started his career at the Port Arthur Historic Site as a guide and then moved into a managerial role training guides himself. For the last 13 years he has delivered a Cert III Guiding Program at TasTAFE, Drysdale. For three years during this time he worked part-time at QVMAG as a gallery guide. Paul has delivered training to organisation around the state including Gordon River Cruises, Woolmer’s Estate, Visitor Information Centres, Freycinet Quad Bikes and Bicheno Penguin tours.

  • 10:00 am - Introduction
  • 10:15 am - Who are our visitors
  • 11:00 am - Meeting visitors’ needs
  • 12:15 pm - Lunch (BYO or purchase at the Railway CafĂ©)
  • 1:00 pm - Connecting with visitors
  • 2:00 pm - Thematic approach to guiding
  • 2:45 pm - Wrap up
  • 3:00 pm - Finish

Presented by Arts Tasmania, Museums Galleries Australia (Tasmania), Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery and TasTAFE

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Night At The Museum

Frock up and rock up or simply turn up to enjoy the St Helens History Room on Friday 31st August 2018. It will be a great night and free of charge*.  

St Helens History Room is staying open until 9 pm as part of Triple J's One Night Stand that is being held over that weekend. A complimentary glass of sparkling wine will be offered on arrival with cheese platters available.

A special collection of our heritage musical instruments is on display in the foyer along with a topical gown as a reminder that electricity wasn’t required to have a music night out and that dressing up was part of the occasion!

Take in the after hours ambience.... Music videos of the headline bands featured as part of TripleJ’s  One Night Stand, will be playing in our foyer. Keep hip and happening by checking out what the youngsters will be enjoying on the Saturday night.

This is the taster evening of things to come. 

*August is locals month - entry is free!

August each year is always locals month meaning entry to the museum is free for all locals.  We are extending this to all visitors to St Helens for the Friday ‘Night At The Museum’.

St Helens History Room
61 Cecilia Street
Tel:  63761479 / 0419 731 452

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

MOSAiC Workshops October 2018

3-day hands-on MOSAiC Workshops 


Where: Fahan School, Sandy Bay, TAS 
Times: 09:30a.m - 4:30p.m. 
When : Wed 10 Oct 2018 Data Entry & Querying 
Thurs 11 Oct 2018 Retrieval, Reporting & Exporting 
Fri 12 Oct 2018 Personalise & Customise 


Where: Arts Tasmania, Launceston, TAS 
Times: 09:30a.m - 4:30p.m. 
When : Mon 15 Oct 2018 Data Entry & Querying Tues 
16 Oct 2018 Retrieval, Reporting & Exporting Wed 
17 Oct 2018 Personalise & Customise MOSAiC 

Cost: $132.00 per person per day. The cost includes:

  • Use of a laptop for the duration of your attendance on the workshop 
  • A workbook for each day attended, showing all of the slides displayed during that day. 
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments. 

For further information or to reserve your place contact Sally-Anne at IST 
0403 832 527 

MOSAiC are collection management software tools developed by Information Services & Technologya family business based in Perth Australia. 

IST Products
Collections MOSAiC collections management system is currently installed at over 650 sites throughout Australasia - Designed for use by Museums, Historical Societies, Galleries, Libraries, Cultural Heritage Organizations, Sporting Clubs and Organisations, Schools etc., that have collections with heritage significance.  A collection is usually a combination of objects, photographs, documents, books, archives and artworks with data from associated people, places, events etc. and digitised information such as images, oral histories etc.  

MOSAiC Web provides online access to your collection over the internet, either privately or by the general public. A web site is provided for you, along with the necessary tools for transferring your data to the online database. Items, Subjects and Reference material become available for online searching, via an interface, complete with images and easy-to-follow links between related records. The content on the internet is always only a copy of the original data, which is still maintained on your local computers, thereupon being 100% accessible, even when the internet is not available. The copy on the internet is under your control and is updated / removed whenever you choose. Ownership of the data is always yours.

Calling all sleuths

Scott Carlin, one of our Members is asking whether the membership at large can assist. He describes this red structure as an  'attractive [surely an understatement-ed.] late 19th century pillar box'. He sighted this pillar box in Castray Esplanade, Battery Point and is interested to know anything about it or its relations especially:

  1. How many of these survive either in the wild (Tasmanian Streets) or in captivity (public and private collections)? 
  2. Are MA Tas members (or their friends) able to confirm sightings? 
  3. Does anyone have data on when and in what quantities these were ordered for Tasmania?

Please reply directly to Scott 

and hopefully he will share his research with us!

Friday, 20 July 2018

The Pooseum--a new museum for Richmond

The Pooseum: where talking about poo is not taboo

Tasmania welcomes a new sort of museum. Enter The Pooseum, declaring itself as the first science museum dedicated solely to animal scats, opened its doors in the historic village of Richmond, Tasmania in July. The museum aims for a strong educational focus, displaying 12 large information panels, 32 smaller panels on a wide range of specific topics, and three screens with educational videos on topics such as how electricity can be produced from dung, and how collecting the droppings of endangered animals helps protect their habitat. In the Digestion Room visitors can learn about the digestive system of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. 

A large touch screen shows 3D models of the digestive tracts of 10 different animals. Exhibits include fossilised dinosaur poo (coprolites), the skulls of a Siberian tiger and a kangaroo, and a photo book with pictures of scats of animals from around the world. A large display with real scats of Australian animals gives visitors the opportunity to guess which animals dropped them.

Where: 22 Bridge St Richmond

Contact: info@pooseum.com.au

When: 9.30am to 4.30pm Wednesday to Sunday

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Creative Commons comes closer to home

This post is for you to consider whether you wish to join Creative Commons as an institutional or individual member.
The Creative Commons organisation provides a range of benefits to our industries. To better understand these benefits take a look at these case studies http://creativecommons.org.au/content/BAAC_government_cluster.pdf

In 2018, Creative Commons internationally transitions from a structure of country teams affiliated with the North American headquarters of Creative Commons to a broader and flatter network. This change will facilitate growth of the Creative Commons network (CCGN) beyond its current core of affiliate teams and give you and your institution greater opportunity to shape equitable access to internet resources. Basically, the idea is that there will be two layers of membership, one institutional, and the other individual. 

Country teams, like CCAustralia, will help new people join the movement in this new membership structure. It is an ideal opportunity for institutions in the GLAM sector to consider the merit of institutional membership. Joining the network globally will allow you to interact with like-minded peer institutions in shaping approaches to enhanced access for our users and develop expertise in CC licensing among members into the future.

As the foundation institutional affiliate in Australia since its beginnings in 2004 QUT is offering further advice about the process. Accompanying the change in membership structure will be a change in governance. The main governance body will be a global Council to which each country with active individual members will contribute a representative. Members in counties will meet; members globally will have the opportunity to collaborate on advocacy and projects to advance the goals of Creative Commons; and people who are not members will have communications channels that they can participate in.

Contact Nerida at QUT if you wish to know more.

Nerida Quatermass | University Copyright Officer | Project Manager, Creative Commons Australia at QUT
Library | Technology, Information and Library Services
P: 07 3138 4616 | E: n.quatermass@qut.edu.au www.qut.edu.au

About CC
Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through the provision of free legal tools. Creative Commons helps legally share knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. Creative Commons provides a suite of free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to provide a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work on conditions of your choice. Creative Commons is the global standard for sharing content for use and re-use. There are over 1 billion CC-licensed works online, including on major content platforms like Flickr, Wikipedia, Soundcloud, and YouTube. Its licenses are crucial for open data, open access publishing, open educational resources and open textbooks, and more. 

National Conference Melbourne 4-7 June 2018 - extra good things to look for


The MGA2018 conference includes a full program of speakers, workshops, masterclasses, social activities and extended tours, with multiple opportunities for interaction between delegates and sponsors and for showcasing products and services. This is a heads up on networking opportunities.

Branch and Network – networking opportunity at MGA Booth
MGA is offering the branches and networks the opportunity to have a designated time slot at the MGA booth during the breaks to meet and greet their members, and also for bursary recipients to be able to make contact. These times will be advertised prior to and during the conference. MGA will contact divisions again closer to the conference to allocate times and we will let you know.

Database/Website training

Hi Steph
Steph, MGA Comms Manager will be available at the conference to deliver face-2-face training on the database and website administration. If you would like some training please contact Steph to arrange a time. Also let her know what type of training you would like.

My Culture, My Story: St Helens History Room

Bark Canoe 

This St Helens History Room display tells of the Tasmanian Aboriginal story pertaining to the North East of Tasmania, from Eddystone Point/Larapuna down to The Gardens within the Bay of Fires. As part of the exhibition a bark canoe built for NAIDOC celebrations in St Helens in 2017, through the local school, representing the Coastal Plains people and their culture is on view.  The exhibition also documents the first Aboriginal tourism venture located in NE Tasmania, the wukalina walk.

Display case
A display of woven baskets, shell necklaces and homemade string, the importance that ochre played and the vitality of a local community is all testimony to a living culture. These stories from the descendants from this north eastern Tasmanian community are key to keeping country.

This exhibition is part of at the the National Trust's Australian Heritage Festival 2018. This year the Festival is focusing on the theme My Culture, My Story. It is a celebration of the diversity of cultures that have shaped our shared heritage. For all Tasmanian events see here.