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.

 

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