Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Bursary Applications

You are invited to apply for bursaries to assist in your travel and/or registration to attend the Museums Galleries Australia National Conference 2019 to be held in Alice Springs from 13 to 17 May at two fantastic venues, the Araluen Arts Centre and the Alice Springs Convention Centre.

There are several sources of funding available including a bursary funded by our own Tasmanian Branch. Each application will be automatically considered for all eligible funds. In other words there is ONE form to be found at the Museums Australia website which will be channelled to opportunities and assessment relevant to you.

Fill in the form  and submit it before the closing date. Please do not send in more than one form (i.e. email and post). 

Applications close Wednesday 6 February 2019.

How it works

  • Members only. MGA members will automatically be considered for funding from their state branch and any national networks they subscribe to. Our Tasmanian Branch is providing funds to its Members to cover Registration and a contribution to your travel. Join now.
  • Bursaries are paid as a reimbursement. Your nominated bank account will be credited with the bursary funds before the conference.
  • You must register for the conference before applying for a bursary and select the pay later/invoice option. We check the registration status of each applicant when allocating funds.
  • Per diem expenses and social event registrations are not eligible for inclusion in your application.
  • Accommodation costs are capped depending on the location of the conference. 
  • Different funding sources have different criteria. 
  • Bursary recipients must provide a written report on their conference experience.
  • All applicants (whether successful or not) will be registered at the early bird rate

Parley: a one day digital access forum

Evelyn Ansel will give the keynote address

Photo credit: Alison Langley Photography. 

The Asylum/Town Hall at Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur

Tuesday 12 February, 10am-4pm

Tickets $120 from the Australian Wooden Boat Festival office 
For bookings and advice 
Call 03 6223 3375
or email

This one-day workshop is jointly coordinated by the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Inc. and the Port Arthur Heritage Site Management Authority (PAHSMA). It brings together leading practitioners in the exciting world of digital access to museum collections. The special guest is Evelyn Ansel, from the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts who joins us for an update on latest practice in the field. Janet Carding, CEO of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery presents an update on the GLAM Peak initiative. The workshop includes a walking tour of the historic Port Arthur dockyards to discuss presentation options.


9:45am Morning tea and introductions

10:00am Opening address by Janet Carding, CEO of the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery

10:30am Keynote address: Evelyn Ansel

to 1.00pm A series of presentations about, and demonstrations of, digital technologies for recording, investigating and presenting collections

          Peter Higgs: Volunteer Researcher, Australian National Maritime Museum
          Caitlin Vertigan: Conservation Project Officer: Research & Environment, PAHSMA
          Sylvana Szydzik: Conservation Project Officer: Archaeology, PAHSMA
          David Roe: Archaeology Manager, PAHSMA

1:00pm Lunch provided by Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

1:45pm Jody Steele: Heritage Programs Manager, PAHSMA

Travelling to Port Arthur

By car 
One and half hour 100 km scenic drive via the A9 Arthur Highway 
Pennicott Wilderness Tours operate a bus that picks up in Hobart
0745 – depart Pennicott booking office on Franklin Wharf
0915 – arrive Port Arthur
1600 – depart Port Arthur
1715 – arrive Hobart
Cost is $35 per adult each way

Bookings: 03 6234 4270

About Evelyn Ansel 

Evelyn has had a colourful career, from working with photogrammetry to document traditional watercraft in Venice to helping with the restoration of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Massachusetts. She won a Fulbright Fellowship to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. Currently, Evelyn is working between the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island and the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Evelyn is a freelance contributor to WoodenBoat Magazine and a sought-after speaker. You can also hear her speak at the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival on the Adventure Stage in the Elizabeth Street Pier.