Posts Tagged 'International Museum Day'

News Update 21 May 2013

Kia Ora,

Phillipa has spent the last few days in Canberra at the Museums Australia conference. She and a small contingent of kiwis presented papers – Jenny Harper from Christchurch Art Gallery, and Nicola Railton, Bernard Makoare and Megan McSweeney from Auckland Museum. The conference was three full days in Canberra’s bright cold early winter. Coinciding not only with International Museum Day, but also Canberra’s centennial and the final days of the Australian National Museum’s Andrew Sayers’ term as President of the Museums Australia National Council, it brought together a showcase of Australia’s national institutions with around 500 delegates from across the country.

Delegates enjoy the lunchtime sun – up to 13C after frosts for the last 3 nights

Delegates enjoy the lunchtime sun – up to 13C after frosts for the last 3 nights

The Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) 2013 included several successful New Zealand entries. Congratulations to Dunedin Public Art Gallery, winner of their website category, Te Papa joint winner for Buller’s Birds, and Christchurch Art Gallery, highly commended for their Bulletin. Overall, the conference was a great experience, and Phillipa is coming home with new ideas and opportunities for more trans-Tasman collaborations.

The Museum of Wellington City & Sea made international news in last week’s list of the World’s 50 Best Museums nominated by a ‘panel of experts’ for The Times (UK). Ranking number 41 in such illustrious company is pretty good going – congratulations to all who sail in her. It’s also good to see that the Dominion Post picked up the story here. No NZ art museums made the previous week’s list of the World’s 50 greatest galleries (article put online by the Yale Centre for British art, no.15). The closest is the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (no.46) and the list is topped by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Museum sector research
Our research programme continues, which we see as a vital contribution to advocacy and resources for our members and for the sector. There is currently a range of data collection by MA and other organisations:

The 2013 Museum Sector Remuneration Survey is being prepared by Strategic Pay. Museums with paid staff will be receiving an invitation to participate soon – it costs nothing to enter your data and the more museums included the more complete and robust the information. There is a charge for the full report, which ranges from $195 to $700 for participating museums, depending on size.

A new association membership survey is being administered by Survey Matters. All paid individual members should have received an invitation to participate in this Australasia-wide survey – thank you to those who have already completed it.
The annual Visitor Survey is complete and participating museums have been sent their clean data. We will be publishing a summary of this year’s survey very soon.

The 2012 Sector Survey report and executive summary are available for download here. In the coming months we plan to prepare a ‘prettier’ publication summarising the key findings for more general use, and will be looking at the best way to continue this vital research on a regular basis.
International research can also help us to advocate here. The Arts Council England has just released a comprehensive independent research report on The contribution of the arts and culture to the national economy, which quantifies the actual economic and value-added contribution, as well as the ‘spillover’ effects of a vibrant cultural community.

And lastly a reminder that MA members are invited to comment on the revised Code of Ethics 2013 by 14 June 2013.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei


News Update 8 May 2013

Kia ora,

MTG Hawke’s Bay (formerly Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery) are beginning their move back into the Marine Parade/Herschell Street suite of buildings in Napier. After nearly 3 years away, the new $18 million building is being handed over so the staff can prepare for reopening this September. Four months seems like luxury compared with the tight timeframes experienced by some other redevelopments lately, but I expect it will fly by. We’re looking forward to seeing the new spaces as we begin planning for the MA14 conference.

MTG Hawke’s Bay Director Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and MTG Staff start the process of moving into MTG Hawke’s Bay.

MTG Hawke’s Bay Director Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott and MTG Staff start the process of moving into MTG Hawke’s Bay.

ANZAC Day was commemorated around the country and attracted a good deal of media coverage for museums. There is increasing interest in WW1 and its centenary years 2014-2018, within our sector and more broadly across agencies and among the general public. It seems that since those with the last living memories have passed on, successive generations are wanting to find out about the people and events whose legacy we remember on ANZAC Day. For resources and what is happening, see the notice below and visit the New Zealand WW100 website.

Having completed and reported on the 2012 Museum Sector Survey, and run the 2013 national visitor survey, we are looking forward to other research this year. The next piece of work is a survey of individual members through Australia-based Survey Matters in partnership with the Australasian Society for Association Executives. Associations Matter – 2013 State of the Sector Study will give individual MA members the opportunity to tell us about your needs, preferences and requirements. Because this study is being run across a wide range of associations throughout Australia and NZ, we will be able to gain a better understanding of why people join associations such as ours, what we can provide to our members and how. Other participants include LIANZA and Museums Australia. The invitation to participate will go out to individual MA members in the next few days. Later in the year, Survey Matters proposes conducting a similar study of industry bodies, which would cover our museum members. We’ll keep you informed as this study and our wider research progresses.

Here in the dying city of Wellington, government policy work continues – I wonder what will happen to all the public servants when the government moves to Auckland? DIA is consulting on proposed changes to Lotteries Community Committees. Consultation is still open about financial standards, and this and other policy changes is outlined in the MAQuarterly which will be in the mail to you next week. As we build up towards the local council elections in October, we will all need to think about ensuring our sectors’ interests are understood by our candidates and voters. We’re keen to hear your suggestions and advocacy needs – please email or call us (04 499 1313) any time.

An immediate opportunity to raise profile is International Museum Day, which falls next Saturday, 18 May. With the theme of Museum (culture + memory) = Social Change, the field is wide open for interpretation in any museum context. Many museums choose this date to offer behind the scenes tours, and this year Museums Wellington are going one further – they’re taking people by bus to visit their off-site Collection Store. What are you doing on 18 May?

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

News Update 15 May

International Museum Day – museums in a changing world
IMD is this Friday, 18 May.  Museums around the country are using IMD as an opportunity to add something different to museum and gallery programming.  Museums Aotearoa has put out a media release to the larger newspapers, television and radio stations today.  You can download our MA media release here – contact your local media if you have more activities to highlight.

Kauri Museum – happy 50th birthday
A cake, a visit from the PM, a certificate and free entry for local residents – staff and volunteers of The Kauri Museum have been celebrating 50- years since its establishment in 1962.  The Kauri Museum is proud to be the first certified carboNZero museum, recognising their commitment to a sustainable future by managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Well done to all the team at The Kauri Museum!

Volunteer Awareness Week – 17-23 June
With a theme of ‘building communities through volunteering’, this is especially applicable to museum organisations. Our communities are our best advocates, especially with local funders. Make sure you acknowledge and support your volunteers all year round, and especially during the week of 17-23 June. This may also be a good time to recruit new volunteers in your community.

Optimise – CNZ resource for arts marketing online
If you’re interested in online marketing ands use of social media, and aren’t sure how to start or what it could do for your organisation, then check out Creative New Zealand’s Optimise programme and resources.  You can sign up to their occasional e-newsletters, Optimise Insight, for information, trends and helpful tips. I’ve just been finding out about the rising popularity of Pinterest, a recent social network where people link and upload images, and found a whole lot of pinboards by the virtual Girl Museum.

MA Board – Tuesday 22 May
The MA Board will meet next week in Wellington.  Elected Board members are:

Thérèse Angelo, Director, Air Force Museum (Chair) 
Eric Dorfman, Director, Whanganui Regional Museum
Michelle Hippolite, Kaihautu, Te Papa
Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery
Greg McManus, Director, Rotorua Museum

We will be looking at priorities and activities for the remainder of 2012, feedback from MA12, and planning for MA13 in Rotorua.  Members are welcome to contact the office or a Board member about any MA matters.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

News Update 2 May 2012

It has been a busy few weeks in the MA office.  Last Friday we farewelled Sophie de Lautour Kelly, who has been our Museum Membership Manager for the past two years.  On Monday Sophie flew out of Wellington on the first stage of her international adventures – first stop Australia, and then the world!

Yesterday we welcomed Talei Langley to MA.  Talei comes to us from a varied background in marketing, communications and general office support.  More recently, Talei has completed Honours in Art History and is planning a Masters thesis. There is still lots of catching up for us to do after the conference, and we’ll be working on a backlog of admin matters as well as planning activities for the remainder of 2012.  When Talei applied to MA, she said she works well under pressure and loves a job with plenty of variety – she’s sure to get all that as our Museum Membership Manager. 

MA12 papers and feedback
We’re gathering up presentations and videos from MA12 conference and getting them formatted to put up on our website.  There will also be some write-ups in the next MAQ later this month.  In the mean time, you can listen to our Canadian keynote speaker, Jim Marchbank as interviewed by Kim Hill on Radio NZ.  We would also love to hear your feedback on MA12 and any suggestions you have as we begin planning MA13 in Rotorua.  We have set up a feedback survey here.  If you didn’t attend, we’d be interested to hear your perspective too, and any suggestions for making it the annual conference easier to get to.

More events coming up 
There are lots more great opportunities on the horizon for getting together and professional development.  This week was the second in the Te Papa / Victoria University museum studies seminar series,  Conal McCarthy kicked this off last month by exploring the meaning and context of ‘theory’ and ‘practice’ in museum and university research.  He highlighted the positive and negative characteristics of each, and held out a challenge for research to be more collaborative across the museum sector.  Yesterday Claudia Orange and her team picked up the museum side of the challenge in a multi-player presentation titled Curating for the future: how museum research develops scholarship in the arts, sciences and humanities to shape research opportunities for researchers and museum audiences. This evoked an interesting discussion about who and what museum research is ‘for’.  Look out for the next in this series on Monday 21 May, when David Luoni will share his Masters research into leadership in museums.

Putting collaborative theory into practice, VUW is offering a one-day ‘Wananga Taonga’ to introduce professionals to Maori perspectives on museums and heritage.  This course is in Wellington on 1 June.

And a reminder of two Medallic Management Workshops this month in the South Island: Otago Settlers Museum on Tuesday 15 May and Air Force Museum on Wednesday 16 May.  There are some other useful National Services Te Paerangi workshops in June. See listings below for details. 

International Museum Day 
IMD is on 18 May, with a theme of museums in a changing world.  Falling on a Friday this year, IMD is a great opportunity to add something different to museum and gallery programming.  It could be as simple as letting visitors know that there is an international museum community.  Or you could offer back-of-house or late tours, relate the theme to your exhibits in some way, ask visitors for their views on our changing world, or link up with a distant museum.  The possibilities are only limited by your imagination…  MA will be putting out a media release around 14 May – please let us know how your museum is planning to mark IMD.

If we’ve missed any vital information, or you have other ideas and suggestions for MA, we’ll be delighted to hear from you.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

International Museum Day 2011

Issued by Museums Aotearoa
17 May 2011

I remember when…

Memories can be clear or fuzzy, recent or distant, personal or received, happy or sad. It is the accumulation of memory that informs our view of the world. When we collect memories from others, from those that have existed in the past and the now, we enrich ourselves with a deeper understanding of our world.

This week, museums around the world are celebrating International Museum Day with the theme of ‘Museum and Memory’. All kinds of museums collect and exhibit object which tell stories – sparking, sharing and connecting memories from different places and times. The experience of shared memory can be a powerful tool to help individuals to operate collectively as a unified society. Museums have an important role to play in this process, helping people to reflect upon the society in which they live.

Memory is not just reminiscence for the old. While some museums reach back into the distant past, others offer immediate experience which can trigger personal reflection, or be the foundation for new memories. Historical objects and contemporary art are all part of the interplay of object and memory discovered through a visit to a museum of any kind.

Whanganui Regional Museum is combining the theme of International Museum Day with celebrating NZ Music Month. They have a series of events which include concerts on New Zealand’s first barrel organ (1829), ballads and chamber music, indigenous and imported musical traditions – all stirring memories which reflect the rich heritage that contributes to ‘New Zealandness’ today.

At Waikato Museum, the opening of the touring Anne Frank exhibition has been timed to coincide with International Museum Day. This exhibition focuses on the written memories of one individual in extraordinary circumstances, reminding us that sharing another’s memories can help us to understand and learn from history.

An even more personal approach is being taken at the Colonial Cottage Museum in Wellington. Visitors are invited to bring along their own memories, especially those triggered by some of the more intriguing objects in the collection, and share them with museum staff.

Access to collection objects – and to the memory they embody – is being enhanced at Te Papa, with a new loans web page to be launched on International Museum Day. Other museums and galleries around the country are offering free entry, talks and tours, and all will be sure to evoke and enrich memories for those who visit.

Media enquiries: Phillipa Tocker Executive Director, Museums Aotearoa Mob: 021 606 135

Further details

New Zealand museums and public galleries care for more than 40 million items relating to New Zealand’s history, culture and creativity. Generating in excess of 1000 public exhibitions and publications and attracting well over 8 million visits each year, museums and galleries are currently ranked as the top attraction for New Zealand’s overseas visitors.

New Zealand museums are actively focused on enriching their communities by enhancing the quality of their facilities, collections, programmes, products and services.

The last decade has seen unprecedented growth in the establishment and development of museum facilities and services in most regions of New Zealand. Over 3500 people are currently employed in New Zealand museums, and at least twice that number of volunteers. Total annual museum operating and capital expenditure is well in excess of $300 million.

Museums Aotearoa strives to be the strong, objective, fully representative voice for the evolving museum community, and to promote a shared sense of professionalism, solidarity and identity.



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