News Update 16 October 2012

Kia ora

There is disturbing news from Bosnia-Herzegovina, with yet another national museum closing down. Earlier this year the national art gallery closed, and this month the 124-year-old national Museum followed. A total of 7 national institutions have been left in political limbo in the wake of peace arrangements which ended the war in 1994, with neither federal nor state-level governments seeing these relics of a previous ‘nation’ as their responsibility. While some remain open with reduced capacity, the future of all seven looks bleak unless there is significant change in political attitudes. www.cultureshutdown.net

As we read that by the end of the year 45% of New Zealanders will own smartphones, and rates of ownership accelerate internationally, it is interesting to see the release of a US-UK survey of mobile use in museums. The UK’s Museums Association and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) jointly surveyed over 1100 museums and found that while over half of the respondents offer mobile content in some form, 40% of American museums and half of UK museums do not have any mobile features, mostly citing the barriers lack of funding and expertise. The good news is that it is becoming easier and cheaper to develop apps for use on personal smartphones, without the need for specialised equipment or software.

link to the UK Report

link to the US Report

The Department of Internal Affairs have published a summary of the results from their ‘Public trust and confidence in charities survey’ which also discusses results from Empathy Research work done in 2011. One of the key findings from the research is that people want to know how charities are using their funds, so they can trust where it is their money is going, and that trust is generated through tangible, visible results and a personal connection to the cause. Increasing trust in a charity not only increases the likelihood of giving, it raises trust in the entire sector that the charity belongs to. Conversely people are less likely to trust charities that use aggressive tactics, suggest large donations, have representatives who are ‘just doing another desk job’ and that pay their CEO a big salary. For the full survey results click here.

Directory of New Zealand Museums and Galleries 2013
We have begun compiling listings for the 2013 Directory of New Zealand Museums and Galleries. The directory is one of the services we provide to the sector and we try our best to make sure every museum in the country is listed. All museums should have received a copy of their entry to confirm their details. Thank you to those who have already sent their response. If you have not received your listing details please contact Talei@museumsaotearoa.org.nz. We are also still accepting bookings for ads in the directory. Please refer to our publications page for different options and rates.

Museum Sector Survey out this month
A reminder that our sector survey is currently running until 26th October 2012. If your organisation has not yet not taken the time respond we would encourage you to do so. Whether you are a large organisation or a small volunteer run museum your participation is important as it will enable us to gain a thorough understanding of the sector and the issues that museums face, and it will ensure your organisation is included in the information available to help lobby the government for greater support and recognition of the sector. We are interested in understanding the diversity within the sector and the range of issues that museums and galleries face. Your contribution will help provide a more comprehensive and accurate picture of New Zealand’s museum sector.

If your organisation has not received an invitation by email, or you have any queries, please contact the MA office.

MA13: Hamilton, 10-12 April 2013
Our team from Waikato Museum and the wider region are working on an inspiring programme for colleagues to get together in Hamilton to share, learn and develop our leadership skills, knowledge and capacity. There will be keynote speakers, workshops, panel discussion sessions, visits to local institutions, the 2013 NZ Museum Awards celebration, and the second annual Museums Aotearoa Lecture. And of course there will be lots of social occasions to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues. The planning team already has some great ideas for speakers and special sessions, and we invite you to participate as well – so we have issued a general call for contributions, ideas and suggestions – all welcome!

You can download this information as a pdf, and please telephone, email or come and visit us with your ideas by 2 November 2012.

Nga mihi, Phillipa & Talei

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