Cultural role of Qld small museums

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Lecture Dr Brian Crozier & Faye Schutt May 23 2013
UQ Lecture Series Museums and Heritage

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Cultural role of Qld small museums

  1. 1. THE  CULTURAL  ROLE  OF  QUEENSLAND’S    SMALL  MUSEUMS  BRIAN  CROZIER  AND  FAYE  SCHUTT  CROZIER  SCHUTT  ASSOCIATES  MUSEUM,  HISTORICAL  AND  HERITAGE  CONSULTANTS  CS  h3p://www.museumandhistoryservices.com  
  2. 2. BACKGROUND  •  The  History  Ins@tute,  Victoria  •  History  Trust  of  South  Australia  and  Owning  the  past  •  Queensland  Museum  and  Museums  Australia  •  Museum  and  Gallery  Finder  •  Consultants’  Register  
  3. 3. HOW  MANY  MUSEUMS?  •  Queensland  Museum,  Directory  of  Queensland  Museums,  1991    192  •  Jane  Lennon,  Hidden  heritage,  1995  250  •  Search  for  Museum  and  Gallery            Finder,  1997          350  •  MAGSQ  and  MRCN,  2013      400  •  Museums  on  MAGSQ  database    264        
  4. 4. OWNING  THE  PAST        
  5. 5. MUSEUMS  IN  THE  UK,  US    AND  AUSTRALIA  Kylie  Winkworth:      •  UK  one  museum  per  24,000  •  US  one  museum  per  17,000  •  Australia  one  museum  per  7458  How  many  museums  is  enough?  
  6. 6. KILCOY  HISTORICAL  SOCIETY  Giles  Vitrex  hair  dryer  
  7. 7. SOUTH  AUSTRALIAN  HISTORICAL  SOCIETIES  BY  FOUNDATION  DATE  
  8. 8. WHAT  ARE  THEY  COLLECTING?    Mostly  –  Social  History  Given  by  213  museums  in  the  Museum  and  Gallery  Finder  
  9. 9. CULTURAL  ROLE  THROUGH  STAKEHOLDERS  •  The  community  •  Volunteers  •  Audiences  •  Funding  bodies  
  10. 10. THE  COMMUNITY  •  Collec@ng,  preserving  and  interpre@ng  cultural  heritage  •  Breadth  and  depth  of  regional  collec@ons  a  ra@onale  for  QM  to  be  less  ac@ve  in  social  history?  •  Regional  collec@ons  hold  the  bulk  of  Queensland’s  social  history  collec@ons  •  Many  items  of  na@onal  and  interna@onal  significance  
  11. 11. THE  STATE  OF  PLAY  •  Becer  collec@on  management  •  Advisory  services  –  MAGSQ  and  MRCN  •  Some  professional  co-­‐ordina@on  by  amalgamated  councils  •  But  there’s  a  long  way  to  go  
  12. 12. MERCY  HERITAGE  CENTRE  
  13. 13. UQ  PATHOLOGY  MUSEUM  
  14. 14. VOLUNTEERS  IN  SOUTH  AUSTRALIAN  HISTORICAL  SOCIETIES  0-­‐20  volunteers      28  socie@es  21-­‐50        21              51-­‐100        19  101-­‐150        5  151-­‐200        2  201-­‐250        4  251-­‐300        2  More  than  301      8    
  15. 15. VOLUNTEER  NUMBERS  •  15,000  across  the  state  in  museums?  •  54%  of    museums  totally  volunteer  run  
  16. 16. RESTORATION  
  17. 17. VOLUNTEERS  NEED…  •  More  training  –  happening  through  MRCN  and  MAGSQ  •  More  money  –  compare  with  Landcare’s  $500m  1995-­‐2000  •  Access  to  more  sources  of  funding  •  54%  volunteer  run  museums  –  galleries  14%  •  27%  museums  receive  opera@onal  funding  –  galleries  75%  
  18. 18. KINGAROY  
  19. 19. VISITORS    2.5  million  visitors  to  small  museums  and  regional  galleries  –  compare  QM/QAG’s  2  million    But  visitors  need  more  emphasis  and  funding  for  exhibi@ons  
  20. 20. FUNDING  BODIES  •  Museums  not  well  accommodated  by  funding  criteria  •  Eg  RADF  –  for  “ar@sts”  and  “arts  prac@ce”  
  21. 21. NOOSA  MUSEUM  
  22. 22. NOOSA  MUSEUM  ARCHIVES  
  23. 23. NOOSA  MUSEUM  OBJECTS  
  24. 24. GUBBI  GUBBI  KEEPING  PLACE  AT  NOOSA  MUSEUM  
  25. 25. COBB  AND  CO  CHANGING  STATION,  SURAT  
  26. 26. CHANGING  STATION  EXHIBITIONS  
  27. 27. TAMWORTH  POWER  STATION  MUSEUM  
  28. 28. TAMWORTH  POWER  STATION  MUSEUM  
  29. 29. POWER  STATION  MUSEUM  COLLECTIONS  
  30. 30. INDIVIDUAL  ITEMS  •  The  small  museum  sector    •  Assessment  of  items  of  special  significance  is  part  of  the  significance  assessment  process    •  In  CSA,  Faye  looks  amer  these  assessments    
  31. 31. A  PIECE  OF  WOOD  
  32. 32. A  SCHOOL  MAGAZINE    (“keep  this  clean”)  
  33. 33. X-­‐RAY  EQUIPMENT  1896  
  34. 34. STOPFORD  HOME  PLAQUE  
  35. 35. ROAD  CLOSURE  SIGN  
  36. 36. AUDREY’S  WEDDING  DRESS  
  37. 37. NURSES’  HANDOVER  REPORT  BOOK  
  38. 38. PARABELLES  BADGE  

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