Archive for November, 2011

News Update 25 November 2011

This is a slightly late update on our week to 25 Nov, where we were out and about. Phillipa went to the Northland Museums Association meeting hosted by the Kauri Museum on 18 November. It was great to hear about happenings in the north, and we had an inspiring presentation from dendrochronologist Dr Jonathan Palmer. As the Kauri Museum’s first Scientist in Residence, Jonathan is working on dating trees and timber, using Northland kauri and material from the museum, relating the information to historical climate change.

While in the area, Phillipa also visited the new Te Ahu complex in Kaitaia – a mere two hundred kilometers away. We looked at preparations to move the Far North Regional Museum displays into the new complex with the library, i-Site and council service centre – the old museum will be retained for storage.

Phil Cross and Don Hammond in the new Te Ahu foyer
Phil Cross and Don Hammond in the Te Ahu foyer

Then it was on to Whangarei to visit the Whangarei Art Museum in its new preimses in ‘The Hub’ in central Whangarei. Along with more than twice the exhibition space, good climate control and a proper storage area, Scott Pothan and his team have had a huge increase in visitors – including a function for the Prime Minister last week.

Yesterday we held a members forum and today the Board met, both hosted by the Air Force Museum in Christchurch. Chair Thérèse Angelo and Phillipa discussed museums matters with the Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD), who were also meeting in Christchurch yeasterday. It was great to meet and talk with colleagues from Timaru, Okains Bay and Leeston as well as Christchurch and Australia.


Dave, Darren and Jocelyn, some of our Air Force Museum hosts

And Friday 25 November will be remembered by everyone at the Air Force Museum – the diggers arrived to dig up the tarmac next to the museum building, the first evidence that their long-awaited new building is going ahead at last. The reason you can hardly see the digger is that the scale of the new aircraft hall is enormous!


Digging up the tarmac at the Air Force Museum

A+ Awards
ATTTO celebrated the inaugural A+ Awards on 11 November, recognising the effort and achievement of trainees in all the sectors it covers. Virginia Malcomson from Canterbury Museum carried away the award for Museum Trainee of the Year – Virginia completed the Museum Pracitice Certificate in super-quick time, at a very high standard, while living through the upheavel of the Christchurch earthquakes both at home and at work. You can see photos of the event on ATTTO’s Facebook page. Congratulations Virginia!

Te Papa vision
The next stage of consultation on Te Papa’s vision for the future is now underway. Following the high level vision ‘Changing hearts, Changing minds, Changing lives’, which was widely discussed in August, this round explores Te Papa’s proposed programmes of development. The programmes are outlined here and you are invited to submit your feedback online. Te Papa is hoping to get a really good community cross section, and will be running the consultation through until mid December, but welcomes feedback at any time as the comments can also be helpful as programmes are developed in more detail. There is also a report on feedback received on the high level vision in September available for download.

Opportunities
There are some great internships and other opportunities coming up. Auckland Art Gallery is calling for applications for its Marylyn Mayo Internship by 7 December, and MA will shortly be opening applications for the 2012 Clark Collection/Creative New Zealand and Mina McKenzie Scholarships, which will be due in late January.

 

NDF Reminder

Tell all your friends …

Only TWO AND A HALF weeks to go til the NDF 2011 conference in Wellington!

There’s an awesome programme lineup this year.

Spaces are filling up fast so if you’re um’ing and ah’ing about coming along, now’s the time to register!

Pass it on, sign up and come along to be inspired and delighted at NDF2011.

News Update 9 November 2011

The latest news is full of post-rugby events/analysis, a few interesting debates, and election build-up. You can read or download the round-up here in our members’ area

New developments
After the rush to get everything ready for the Rugby World Cup, there are some catch-ups and new developments still under way. This week MOTAT officially opened its new Aviation Display Hall, complete with Skyhawk. As well as the various architecture and building awards it has already received, the transformation was highly praised by the Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, and Defence Minister Hon Wayne Mapp at a function very well-attended by supporters, volunteers and other contributors to the project.

There are still more museum developments underway. In Napier, the Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery boasts a very large hole in the ground. Dunedin’s Otago Settlers Museum is still under construction, and Kaitaia’s Te Ahu complex is nearly complete, and is holding an open evening for local communities today. Several of these websites include time lapse video and/or webcams, and the Auckland Art Gallery has theirs on YouTube here.

In the wings are several more developments, including the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Air Force Museum, South Canterbury Museum and The Suter, with Canterbury Museum also hoping to get its development back on track soon….

New technology
We are all more environmentally conscious than ever, minimising waste not just to save the planet, but to save our pennies as well. In what I think is a first for museums in this country, Auckland War Memorial Museum has released its 2010-2011 Annual Report as an eBook, complete with on-screen navigation and zoom. They have also catered for those who prefer to print it out as a pdf – you can find both on the AWMM website.  To keep in touch with the latest digital developments for GLAMS, I’ll see you at the National Digital Forum conference in Wellington, 29-30 November.

New NDF Board
Results of the National Digital Forum Board election have just been announced – welcome to Steven Fox, Director of Te Manawa, and Matthew Oliver, Web Team Manager at the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.  They are joined by returning Board members Andy Fenton (NZ Micrographic Services/ARANZ) and Anne Scott (University of Canterbury Library).  Full details on the NDF website.

New policies
Well maybe not new, but the major parties have launched their arts, culture and heritage election policies. Neither are likely to grab public attention like asset sales or raising the superannuation age, but at least some of us care. You can download the National and Labour documents and make your own mind up over the next 2 1/2 weeks.  Other parties have also published policies which may at some point have some influence, including Green, Maori and United Future.

New staff
You may have noticed that we advertised two part time/fixed term positions at MA recently. Sophie and I will be joined in November and December by Cerys Dallaway, who will help us prepare the 2012 edition of the MA Directory. All museums and galleries will be hearing from Cerys over the next few weeks to check we have up to date information. And we will also be engaging Rebecca Apperley to be the MA12 conference coordinator on a part time basis.

Ka kite,
Phillipa

PS – we hope to see many of you at the members’ forum in Christchurch on 24 November – all members and staff of member institutions are welcome.



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