Archive for July, 2010

News Update

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome back to our new format news and notices. Now that we are putting out the news fortnightly, you are getting more up-to-date coverage about museums in the news around the country.
Click here to view the latest batch of news from 30 June – 15 July. The index of stories is now listed by organisation. Please note you will need to be logged in to the Members’ Area to view online.

It is great to see many museums and galleries getting good publicity about their programmes, and to read the other news about museum developments, politics, funding and sometimes the bad news such as cut-backs or thefts. We can all learn from the experience of others. We’re very happy that Whangarei Museum has had a good outcome following the very unfortunate theft of geckos – and to see that the culprits have been caught!

To add to the NZ news clippings, check out some of these other interesting links:

  • Label-writing – a new look at engaging (not off-putting) audiences. Click here to read more.
  • Michael Houlihan will soon leave National Museum Wales to take up the Te Papa Chief Executive position in August. After the change of government in the UK, their national museums are facing substantial cuts in funding. Click here to listen to Michael discuss this on the BBC.
  • Creative NZ have just announced the establishment of two new funding programmes to replace the previous Recurrent Funding Programme. Click here to read more.

And there’s lots of useful information on our own Museums Aotearoa website. For instance, the presentations made by Lawrence Yule and Barbara McKerrow to MA10 are especially relevant when thinking about local government and museums in the lead-up to October’s local elections. Click here to view the MA10 presentations online.

Our own recent activities include a visit to Rotorua Museum on Monday, where Greg McManus gave us a tour of the construction of the new addition which is the final stage of their centennial development. It was fascinating to see the old façade being kept and extended over a new skeleton of steel which replicates the original exterior design – but saves much of the cost and space required by the complex timber structure of the older parts. The new wing is due to open in August next year, just in time to welcome the thousands of Rugby World Cup visitors predicted to descend upon us in September 2011.

Click here to find out more about the Rotorua Museum development, and check out their photos on Facebook.

Ngā mihi,

Phillipa and Sophie

Rotorua Museum – Exterior juxtaposition

Jeremy Hubbard, Sophie de Lautour Kelly; Jo Doherty; Greg McManus all following OSH guidelines on site (see appropriate footwear!)

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