Samantha Sinnayah, Curator, George Hanna Memorial Museum (WPCC, NMA and regional road trip)

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  • N.B Benefits about going to 2 places!!!!!
  • Permanent and changing exhibitions
  • New appreciation of objects / how are roles are shaped by the issues of our work place/
  • Interesting to get intimate with another local history collection / same 40,000 pop but very different collections/ comparisons town and country
  • Shopping exhibition/ compare to Newcastle
  • Thought could learn how to reinvent local history but didn’t find answer as you are always limited by the collections people have In countryside a) no one throws things away/precious b) wider aread to cover/ council boundaries not as precious as they are in the city.
  • Despite no answers on re inventing local history - interesting to see how WPCC has I the past tried to engage audiences and make things relevant today’s audiences.
  • Art exhibition - Changing the frames - worked with their collection and the NSW Visual Arts Cirricula discussed the various frames in which you can understand art - structural - how does it look and what it is made up of so say the subjective frame- the the art work connects on an emotional level to the artist and audience - all text written like school kids to make it more engaing from form.
  • Engagement and ways to engage is something we are all talking about today - and
  • Labels / difficult writing and the idea that really museums are places for objects to speak to us from the past. Australian journeys / use of object biographies vs. thematic displays
  • 2009 National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants


  • 1. Samantha Sinnayah Botany Bay City CouncilMGNSW Mentorship 2011
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