Education in Museums – Reflections from Museums Australia Conference
Last week at the Museums Australia conference in Adelaide there were a number of presenters that spoke about Museum Education (broadly referring to museums, galleries, libraries, zoos, historic sites etc.) – about engaging school audiences. Despite being an Museum Educator myself, I intentionally did not go to all education-related presentations, with the aim of looking more a the big picture of what is happening in Museums. However I did go to a number of Education streams, particularly on the first day of the conference. From these presentations I came to some general thoughts and conclusions about what is happening in our sector…
Thursday at the Museums Australia Conference – a summary
The day opened with two Keynote presentations that showcased the innovative use of technology to preserve and protect at-risk cultural heritage. The speakers were a very inspiring way to begin the day.
Wednesday at the Museums Australia Conference – a summary
The second day at MA had a more vibrant feel to it. I may be biased, but I think it had a lot to do with the presence of a Museum Theatre stream. As an IMTALAP member, I was really proud to see the group so well represented to the broader museum sector.
Tuesday at the Museums Australia Conference – a summary
The Museums Australia conference is being held this year at the University of Adelaide. The University sits alongside the South Australian Museum, Gallery and Library, so we are well-placed in the cultural hub of Adelaide.
The day began with a very warm Welcome to Country by Aunty Josie and an official opening by the Minister for Arts, John Hill. There was also a welcome from Andrew Sayers of the National Museum, who is also the President of Museums Australia.
Museums Australia Victoria Conference at the University of Ballarat
Last week Ballarat hosted the inaugural state conference for the Victorian branch of Museums Australia. It was great to have the event in our regional town and a good initiative to support those from smaller regional organisations to attend this kind of professional development opportunity.
I attended the first day of the two-day conference, which included six keynote presentations, a parallel session and a workshop. I was also one of a small, but dedicated, group of tweeters. Big twitterers included: @Maggiwithoutane @LMBourke and @MeganSheehy who helped to keep the conversation robust.