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News Update 9 May 2011

It’s May already, with Christchurch still shaking and crazy weather around the country. In mid-April in Nelson, the sun shone for 2 out of our 3 conference days, and we had a great time – thanks to all who were there and all who helped. We presented the Annual Report at the AGM, and this will be posted to members later this month with the next issue of MAQuarterly.

MA11 conference links

There are some photos in our previous post, and more on Facebook, and we will add presentations to our website as they become available.

Shane Simpson spoke about deaccessioning and collections ethics. His almost completed online publication Collections Law has just been relaunched on a new website, and is highly recommended. It focuses on the subject of the business and law of public collecting organisations in Australia, and is certainly relevant to NZ as well. The Powerhouse Museum has supported the publication, and hopes it will be a useful reference guide for public museums, libraries, archives and galleries across Australia. Recently added chapters include; Philanthropy, Reproduction of Useful Things and Protection of collections during times of armed conflict.

And following the ethics theme, we discussed the very topical case of artefacts of NZ origin, which were in the collection of the British Commonwealth and Empire Museum in Bristol, which had appeared for sale through a London dealer. Some news items are in our roundup in our members’ site, and the UK Museums Journal reported the dismissal of the BCEM Director here. The NZ Listener covered it in the issue dated 16 April, but the article is not online yet. A timely case when the AGM endorsed the establishment of an Ethics Committee for MA.

2011 New Zealand Museum Awards

Congratulations again to all who made it through as finalists in this year’s Awards – and especially to the winners. We have compiled the press clippings into a separate edition here for our members, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s Beloved was featured on local television here

Museum appointments

While we were in Nelson it was announced that Roy Clare, currently Chief Executive of the MLA in the UK, is to be the next Director of Auckland Museum, starting in August. His appointment is covered in the UK Museums Journal here, and in an interview with Kathryn Ryan on National Radio here. And last week Bill Macnaught, former Manager of Puke Ariki and MA Board member, took up his new position as National Librarian. On the negative side, Karen Williams (Taupo Museum) and Brian Patrick (Central Stories) have both had their roles disestablished in council cuts.

There has been good coverage of recent openings at Te Manawa and Aotea Utanganui (Patea) as well as progress on the Rotorua Museum and Auckland Art Gallery developments. Some other proposed developments are struggling against council budget constraints as the annual planning round progresses – and staff casualties have already been noted. We hope most councils will see the benefits of continuing to invest in the arts and culture as an essential part of their service to their communities.

Next up for Museums Aotearoa is the first meeting of the new Board, which will be in Wellington on 18 May. We will be looking at our various activities and projects, including accreditation and the Code of Ethics.

We have also invited all museums and members in the Wellington area along to meet with the Board and start planning for next year’s MA12 conference – and before we blink another year rolls around!

Other useful links:

“Journeys Towards a New Paradigm Exploring Collaboration and Access to Digital Artefacts in the GLAM Sector”, a one-day symposium sponsored by the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington on 18 April. Video from the sessions:

Personal Journeys and Research Perspectives: Prof. Wendy Duff and Kay Sanderson
Trajectories of Technological Design: Chris Todd, Adrian Kingston, and John Roberts
“The Scary Washing Machine” Discussion Amanda Cossham, Chris Todd, Adrian Kingston, John Roberts
Linked Open Data (Part 1): Brenda Chawner
A video clip of Tim Berners-Lee on Linked Open Data which was viewed at the Symposium is available here
Looking Back at the Journey: Prof. Wendy Duff

The NZ Conservators of Cultural Material have a very user-friendly new website here which includes advice, links and a directory of conservators.

ARANZ have a status report listing Christchurch archival collections, levels of access, web/email contact and a brief description of the current situation after the February earthquake, here.

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Post Conference Update

 

Congratulations!

We had a wonderful few days in Nelson last week, and would like to congratulate all the Award winners and finalists, and also our inspiring speakers and generous hosts.

2011 New Zealand Museum Awards

Individual Achievement Award
David Wright, Director, Navy Museum

David Wright, Director, Navy Museum

Project Achievement Award, Innovation and Technology
Whakamīharo Lindauer Online, Auckland Art Gallery

Whakamīharo Lindauer Online, Auckland Art Gallery

Project Achievement Award, Exhibition Excellence – Art

Winner:
Beloved, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Robyn Notman accepting Award for Beloved, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Finalists:
White Cloud Worlds, Dowse Art Museum
Back & Beyond & Here, Museums Wellington

Project Achievement Award, Exhibition Excellence – Social History

Winner:
Te Ahi Kā Roa, Te Ahi Ka Kātoro, Taranaki War 1860-2010: Our Legacy, Our Challenge, Puke Ariki

Bill Macnaught accepts Award for Te Ahi Kā Roa, Te Ahi Ka Kātoro, Taranaki War 1860-2010: Our Legacy, Our Challenge, Puke Ariki

Finalists:
Port Nelson, Haven Ahoy!, Nelson Provincial Museum

Project Achievement Award, Exhibition Excellence – Small Museum

Winner:
Bohemians of the Brush: Pumpkin Cottage Impressionists, Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre

Jane Vial & Stephanie Cottrell accept Award for Expressions Art & Entertainment Centre

Finalists:
Isel’s 160th Year, Isel House
Ka Takata Whenua o Waihao, Waimate Museum
Credo and Quest, Whangarei Art Museum

ATTTO Museum Workplace Training Ambassador Award
Eva Huismans, Volunteer and Training Coordinator, Canterbury Museum

Eva Huismans accepts the ATTTO Museum Workplace Training Ambassador Award

Citations are on our website here, and photographs from the Awards celebration are on our facebook page here.

Museums Aotearoa Board

At the AGM on Friday 15 April, we had two Board members returned, and two new members elected. Thanks to all those who stood for the Board, and all the museum members who voted. The 2011-12 Board comprises:

  • Thérèse Angelo, Director Air Force Museum, Chair (Museum)
  • Eric Dorfman, Museum General Manager, Whanganui Regional Museum (Museum)
  • Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery (Individual)
  • Michelle Hippolite, Kaihautu, Te Papa (Museum)
  • Manu Kawana, Kaihautu, Te Manawa (Individual – joint Kaitiaki)
  • Greg McManus, Director, Rotorua Museum (Individual)
  • Laureen Sadlier, Registrar, Pataka (Individual – joint Kaitiaki)

MA11 conference

Thank you to te iwi kāinga o Whakatu Marae, Peter Millward and staff at the Nelson Provincial Museum, Julie Catchpole and staff at The Suter for making us so welcome in Nelson. The sun shone (mostly), we heard from inspiring and thought-provoking presenters, engaged in serious and not-so-serious debate, and were very well provisioned over our three days. And a very special thank you to Kamaya Yates, who stepped in to be our on-the-spot conference coordinator. We’ll be putting some of the information and reports from the conference in the May MAQ, as well are more photos on our website shortly. We’re taking an extra day off on Tuesday to rest up after the conference.

Happy holidays, Phillipa and Sophie

News Update 1 April 2011

Taking in the enormity of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is difficult. The latest message from ICOM Japan on 30 March estimates that there are 400 museum in the areas affected. Information is scarce as access is so limited, and they do not yet know what the future options might be. Of 144 museums whose current situation is known, some museums are safe, and 31 very seriously damaged – ‘some museums were vanished by the Tsunami’. You can read Professor Mizushima’s message uploaded on the nzmuseums blog here.

There is a lot of talk now about the economic effects of the Christchurch earthquake. While our situation may not have the global ramifications of the disaster in Japan, there will still be a major impact on New Zealand’s economy. The howls of anguish as the IRB decision to move the Rugby World Cup games from Christchurch was announced, show how vital tourism is to us. Recent statistics show that not only has international tourism been hit by the global financial crisis which began in 2008, but domestic tourism is also suffering.

Compared to the previous year, figures for the year to December 2010 show:

  • domestic overnight trips fell by 3.8% to 16.1 million
  • domestic day trips fell by 6.5% to 29.a million
  • spend by domestic travellers fell by 1.1% to $8.8 billion.

Many of our museum and gallery visitors are New Zealanders from outside the local area, so this decline may result in lower than predicted visitation for some. For the latest data see www.tourismresearch.govt.nz

In other research, Suzette Major and Rose Gould-Lardelli are conducting a study of arts management, in particular the role of arts managers and the career paths and general characteristics of those who manage artists or arts organisations in the New Zealand creative industries. Even if you are not currently an ‘arts manager’, your views could contribute to this research – or you could forward this request to other people you know in the arts management field.  Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ArtsManagementSurvey

Roger Fyfe, Senior Curator Anthropology at Canterbury Museum, delivered the 2010 McMillan Brown Lecture series in Christchurch last November. These are now being played on National Radio. The first in the series, ‘Who Owns the Past?’, aired on Sunday 27 March, and surveys the development of museums in New Zealand in the 19th and 20th centuries. If you missed the broadcast, I highly recommend that you download or listen to this fascinating lecture on the Radio NZ website here.

And for those who are interested in images of post- (and pre-) earthquake Christchurch, there is very good high re aerial imagery here.

We’re now in final count-down to the MA11 conference in Nelson. We are expecting around 150 delegates and speakers, and looking forward to some insightful discussion, catching up with friends and colleagues, and having some fun as well. We will be announcing the winners of the 2011 NZ Museums Awards, and electing new Board members at the AGM. Election and voting information will be emailed to members next week.

Kia ora ano,

Phillipa and Sophie

News Update 18 March 2011

Earthquake news still dominates our media – now in Japan as well as Christchurch. Today’s national memorial service in Hagley Park will have been seen or heard by many thousands around the country.

There was a minor press furore as it seemed a Christchurch antique shop might be demolished without any attempt to retrieve items from it – but this seems now to have been done. A small group of people protested yesterday about the apparent demolition of some buildings without the owners or occupiers knowing or being given a chance to salvage anything. Authorities are gradually allowing access where possible and clearing vehicles from the CBD. As well as the mainstream news media, there is lots of activity on blogs, local websites and Facebook.

Much of the Christchurch CBD still has a closed ‘red zone’, staff have not yet been able to return to Christchurch Art Gallery or Canterbury Museum, and COCA trustees have made the decision to close indefinitely – and have made all the staff redundant. Sumner and Lyttelton museum collections have been removed prior to probable demolition of both buildings. The future restoration of other heritage buildings is as yet unknown, including the Arts Centre. In the mean time, the Air Force Museum is open, and helping fellow museums as well as several other displaced organisations.

We have had numerous offers of help, mostly expertise, person power, fundraising ideas, or respite from CHCH. At this stage there is limited scope for extra people to help on the ground. Judith Taylor and Ian Wards of National Services Te Paerangi will be helping COCA to pack up its collection and prepare for an ‘indeterminate period’ of closure. There is little more that can be done from outside Christchurch until Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery staff get back into their buildings to undertake a careful assessment and plan for recovery. Until that time, we thank all those who have made generous offers, and we know that many have already been able to help their friends and colleagues personally as well.

There is other news of course. In the UK, some simmering disquiet about the fate of gifted items held in the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum has resulted in the dismissal of its director and a pending police investigation, read about it here. This collection includes items presented to Britain by New Zealand, and raises important questions which align with the planned collection ethics discussion at MA11 in Nelson.

News Update 3 March

Kia ora

We have uploaded the latest batch of news from the print media here, you will need to be logged in the the members’ area to view.

The last week has been overshadowed by news from Christchurch. Our aroha, sympathy and very best wishes are with all our whanau, friends and colleagues who have been caught up in the earthquake and its aftermath. Museums Aotearoa and National Services Te Paerangi are compiling a register of volunteers and ideas to help the Christchurch cultural sector’s recovery. Please contact Sophie de Lautour Kelly at sophie@museumsaotearoa.org.nz (or call 04 499 1313) if you would like to volunteer or have any suggestions.

We have had messages of solidarity from all over the world, including ICOM headquarters in Paris. Click here to read the ICOM Letter from Director General Julien Anfruns . You can also read and contribute a message of support on our Facebook discussion page here, or in the comments on our previous blogpost here.

In the Christchurch area, people are already pulling together. Thérèse Angelo reports that the Air Force Museum, which suffered only minor damage, is not only providing working space for two government agencies, SPCA/emergency vets and a firm of architects, but their staff are also going out to help Lyttelton Museum volunteers retrieve collection items from their severely damaged building.

Back in the office, we are working on details of the MA11 conference. If you haven’t registered yet, the earlybird rate is available until Monday 7 March. We will extend this rate for people whose plans have been interrupted by the Christchurch earthquake. If this applies to you, please contact the office as soon as you can, so that we may secure you a place.

We have also received an exciting batch of applications for the 2011 New Zealand Museum Awards, and look forward to announcing finalists later this month ahead of the celebration dinner on 14 April.

Nga mihi,

Phillipa and Sophie

Special Update 22 February 2011

Oh no, not another one. As I put aside conference planning to write about the latest news, I felt our 8th floor office gently swaying. Little did I know that the effects in Canterbury were far worse. Unlike last September’s quake, this one struck in the middle of a busy day. It has caused even more damage in the city area, including in the Canterbury Museum and the Cathedral. However even that is overshadowed by the as yet uncounted human cost.

Like the rest of the country, we are watching and listening to news, and will bring you details about museums and galleries in Canterbury as they come to hand. We send all our aroha to friends and colleagues who have been affected.

We will distribute the last fortnight’s news stories and regular notice updates tomorrow. Meanwhile, we would like to announce an extension of the deadlines for earlybird registration for MA11, until 7 March. Application deadline for the helping hands grants to attend has also been extended until 28 February. And a reminder that New Zealand Museum Awards 2011 applications are due by 5pm this Thursday, 24 February. We will extend all these deadlines for earthquake-affected colleagues – please just let us know you are intending to apply.

 

News Update 10 February 2011

The latest batch of museum news is online here (you need to be logged in to the members’ area to view). We’re a couple of days late with the latest news as we’ve been away in Rotorua. The Museums Aotearoa Board met on Tuesday, hosted in fine style by Rotorua Museum. We really appreciated their cheerful hospitality as well as their air conditioning – it felt like about 30 degrees outside, especially to those of us from further south! and it was great to have an opportunity to see their re-development progress, which is on track towards a successful opening on 20 August.

Museums Aotearoa Board Members inspecting progress at Rotorua Museum

We also really enjoyed meeting with members from the area, some of whom had driven quite some distance to be there. We had afternoon tea and a good discussion of current issues and projects, including the work towards accreditation for museums and galleries in New Zealand. This is an important development in encouraging and recognising best practice standards in all museum and galleries, whatever their size. Another topic of discussion was a review of the Code of Ethics. We will have discussion papers about both these projects circulated for debate at the AGM in April.

MA11 conference planning has been taking much of our time, with details of the 3-day programme on Collecting Culture being finalised. Our hosts at Nelson Provincial Museum and the Suter are looking forward to welcoming colleagues to their place, and to their region. The first day of the conference will be held at the pan-iwi Whakatū Marae which will provide an ideal setting to explore bicultural collections. Thursday and Friday will be at various venues, including the Suter and Nelson Provincial Museum, with the Awards dinner at Nelson School of Music. The conference will be followed by a BarCamp convened by National Services Te Paerangi on Saturday 16 April. More details and registration information are on our website, make sure you register before 25 February to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. And don’t forget, National Services have travel subsidies available, specifically to assist smaller organisations to attend MA11. These are being administered via the Helping Hand Grants, click here for application forms.

Here in Wellington, talk is focussed on politics. Controversy within the Māori Party is hotly debated, as well as the second reading of the new Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill. This Bill is being brought to the House by Hon Christopher Finlayson, as Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. Being Attorney General as well as the Arts, Culture & Heritage portfolio, our Minister is a very busy man. Currently before the parliament he also has the Cultural Property (Protection in Armed Conflict) Bill (to enable NZ to ratify an international convention), the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Bill (which re-jigs the Arts Council and its committees), the Ngā Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Bill, Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill, a Legislation Bill and a Whanganui Iwi Bill.

On top of all this, the General Election has been set for 26 November this year. So it is even more vital that issues for the museum and gallery sector are well-understood by politicians on all sides of the debate. Museums Aotearoa keeps in contact with various ministers and MPs, in government and in opposition. Next week we have another meeting with Hon Christopher Finlayson, and we’re delighted that he will address the MA11 conference at the closing session on Friday 15 April.

This month deadlines are looming for conference registration and awards entries. More details are on our website, or contact us at the Museums Aotearoa office in Wellington.

Ka kite,

Phillipa and Sophie


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