Saturday, 29 February 2020

Heritage Community Networking Event: the inside story

Heritage Community Networking Event
6 to 8pm Thursday 19 March 2020
Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Carnegie Gallery,
16 Argyle St Hobart

AMaGATasmania is pleased to be one of the supporters of the Heritage Community Networking Event for another year.  This event presents the opportunity for old and young players in the GLAM sector to share the realities of getting into and working with museums, library, archives and galleries. AMaGAT caught up with Michelle Blake, one of the key drivers to get the background on this very Tasmanian event.

Welcome Michelle

Michelle Blake is a professional historian and researcher

As a student undertaking the Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies by distance through Deakin University I was busy trying to get experience by volunteering, working to try and pay rent and wondering what hope I even had of getting a job in museums or heritage. I started speaking with those I had available to me through my volunteering efforts. I also introduced myself to others I wanted to get to know in the sector. I wanted to know how they got their jobs, how they got started, and see what advice or suggestions they had for me.

I realized I couldn’t be the only student feeling like this and wanting some sort of encouragement or reassurance. I soon found out that there were over 30 students currently enrolled or recently graduated from the Post Graduate course in Cultural Heritage through Deakin. I had a friend studying the Post Graduate Library and Information Management course through Curtin University. There are also students studying Cultural Heritage and Fine Arts at UTAS.  I wanted to meet others that felt like I did, and to get to know more people in the heritage and museum sector.
Out of these thoughts and with the help and encouragement of those that I had spoken with the Heritage Community Networking event was born. I collaborated with Mark Hosking of the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and Elizabeth Bondfield (currently of AMaGAT, COMA and Ross Wool Centre). The idea was to create an opportunity for volunteers and students to meet with those already in the GLAM business.

Tasmania has over 115 museums and galleries across the state. Not to mention the network of Tasmania’s library and archival services. Let’s get to know each other.

About the event

This is the chance for established professionals and those already working in the sector to meet keen students and volunteers. It is a way to get to know each other, to introduce yourself to others, and to offer encouragement and support. It could be a chance to discuss collaborations and issues effecting the sector. 

Hear from Elspeth Wishart, Senior Curator Cultural Heritage at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
and AMaGAT committee member as she speaks of her experience in the sector

See the Australian Society of Marine Artists Inc (ASMA) 2019 National Exhibition before it closes

The event presents the last opportunity to see the Australian Society of Marine Artists Inc (ASMA) 2019 National Exhibition before it closes on the 22nd March. The exhibition showcases the best examples of the ASMA Members’ artwork, masterfully illustrating the rich maritime heritage, beautiful coastlines and waterways of our nation.  While emphasising the continuation of and dedication to the Marine Art tradition, the exhibition also highlights the relevance of this specialised artistic genre in the contemporary context.


If you would like to join in this free event register through this link to Eventbrite 

The Heritage Community Networking Event is supported by the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (Tasmanian Branch), Maritime Museum of Tasmania, Deakin University, Curtin University and Michelle Blake - Historical Research. 

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