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Small Museums and Collections 2015

Feedback from the assessment panel

The panel welcomed Richard Mulvaney as chair of the Small Museums and Collections panel.

The requests for Roving Curator time significantly exceeded the number of available days for 2015. The panel noted that the demand would not be able to be met, but allocated days for all applicants – noting that some projects would be reduced in scope. The panel was pleased to see that most of the applications were well prepared. The panel also noted that some applications were overly ambitious in what could be achieved in one year, given volunteer workload and the available Roving Curator time, and encouraged applicants to discuss their requests with Roving Curators and/or the program officer when drafting their project proposals.

The panel was delighted to see a number of applicants were responding to their own recently created museum policies, and often using the Roving Curator time and grants to implement the recommendations contained within those policies.

Panel Initiatives

Making Museums Work
$4 801
The panel has allocated funds to be used towards the professional development program “Making Museums Work” run by Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curators. In 2014 Arts Tasmania facilitated workshops for museum workers in box making, social media, and planning and presenting a temporary exhibition.

Gordon Darling Foundation
$4 000
A bursary to cover the course fee for one Tasmanian participant to attend the Museum Leadership program in 2015 which is being presented by Museums Australia and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Small Museums and Collections Allocations

The Art Society of Tasmania Incorporated: Lady Franklin Gallery
10 days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will provide advice on collection management for the Lady Franklin Gallery.

Avoca Museum and Information Centre
10 days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will provide advice to volunteers for the Avoca Museum and Information Centre on the management of their collection.

Burnie City Council: Burnie Regional Museum
18 days of Roving Curator time
The aim of this project is to produce a fiveyear Strategic Plan document outlining the future direction of the Burnie Regional Museum and the opportunities presented by merging with the Burnie Regional Art Gallery to create a single entity.

Break O'Day Council: St Helens History Room
10 days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will assist to review and update the Interpretation Plan and Collection Policy for the St. Helen's History Room and Museum.

Launceston Tramway Museum Society Inc: Launceston Tramway Museum
$7 755.25 and 13 days of Roving Curator time
Implementation of the Launceston Tramway Museum Preservation Needs Assessment 2010.
The Launceston Tramway Museum will purchase materials to implement collection archival and storage recommendations in the Launceston Tramway Museum Preservation Needs Assessment; and to have selected plans treated by a professional paper conservator.
The Roving Curator will assist with the development of a Disaster Preparedness Plan and provide advice on care and handling, assessment of preservation materials and updating the collection policy.

Lilydale District Progress Association Inc: Heritage Lilydale
$4 842.06 and 5 days of Roving Curator time
Heritage Lilydale will present an exhibition entitled "Fighting Our Cousins – Lilydale’s German Community in World War 1," as part of Lilydale's Anzac Centenary commemorations. The Roving Curator will assist with the development of an exhibition plan. The grant will support graphic design and printing of panels for the exhibition.

Military Heritage Foundation of Tasmania: Australian Army Museum of Tasmania
$3 676.56
Through a program of face-to-face contact with former Senior curators from the Australian War Memorial, AAMT volunteers will be able to develop and enhance their collection curation and exhibition interpretation skills. A second program will provide skills for volunteers from a graphic designer to assist with producing interpretation material.

Royal Australian Air Force Association Tas Division: Royal Australian Air Force Association (Tasmanian Division) Museum
10 days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will provide advice on storage, care and management, cataloguing and collection management for the RAAF Association (Tasmanian Division) Museum.

The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Tas): Scots-Memorial Museum and Heritage
$636 and 10 days of Roving Curator time
The grant will support the purchase of preservation materials for Scots-Memorial Museum and Heritage.
The Roving Curator will provide advice to the volunteers of Scots-Memorial Museum and Heritage on the management of their collection.

Tasman Peninsula Historical Society
$9 540 and 10 Days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will provide collection management advice for the Tasman Peninsula Historical Society’s collection. 
This grant will assist with the transcription of a series of existing oral history tapes related to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, and sourcing and digitising 16mm B&W films of local significance from the ABC archives. It will also support an oral history workshop for volunteers.

Van Diemen Light Railway Society Incorporated : Don River Railway
$1 179 and 8 days of Roving Curator
The Don River Railway will purchase the cataloguing software Mosaic. The Roving Curators will work with the staff at the Don River Railway with Roving Curator workshops in cataloguing, mosaic, care and handling, and assistance for interpretation planning.

Wilmot Tourist & Progress Association Inc: Wilmot Museum
$2 070 and 5 days of Roving Curator time
The Roving Curator will assist with the development of the text and image selection for new interpretative banners and the grant will support graphic design and printing.