Last week, I attended the MA18 (Museum Aotearoa 2018) conference: Insight – Outsight. As a volunteer in the committee in the Lyttelton Museum Society, I paid the fees and attended for 3.5 days the conference. I learned very much about Christchurch, the museum’s work and the changes which correspond to the change in society and perception of museums. Today, a museum is a space for addressing current social issues and also link to the past most of the time on the bases of storytelling and visual media. Education is also a very crucial part of museum’s work today. A short summary is to find in the MA newsletter, News & Notices 29 May 2018: please, see copy below!
It was a great experience, especially the hands-on session in the Canterbury Museum workshop for mounting artefacts.
We learned how to make the base, worked on the metal parts and created the top (second picture). Normally a more attractive hat or delicate artefact would be on this mount 🙂 but it was a good way to see the work behind a good display support. Before we could start to work on that piece we had a very good introduction about the different materials, complicated issues with some of them and the many options of the diverse mounting supports. It is a very creative work and needs accuracy to hold the artefacts without any impact on the item itself. When planning an exhibition it is also helpful to know about different ways to mount the displayed items and consider this also in the cost and time calculations. Once became clear, this can only work within a great teamwork.
Extract from the MA newsletter, 29 May 2018
Whew, it’s over – or is it? MA18 Outside Insights conference may be over, but the challenges and kōrero remain with us. Tā Mark Solomon challenged us all to take responsibility for domestic trauma in our communities, Elizabeth Connor encouraged us to take the bad with the good and be open to creativity as well fact, and Kaila Colbin looked to a future which will be exponentially different from today. We heard from a wide range of people outside museums and galleries who had views on how they work with us, and from some inside who shared other kinds of challenges – such as inclusion and repatriation.
MA would really appreciate your feedback on MA18. A survey link has been sent to everyone who registered. And if you didn’t get to MA18 we would love you to tell us why, and would also appreciate your ideas and suggestions for future conferences. We are already working on MA19 in Wellington, and feedback from this year will help us to plan a relevant and inspiring conference. Please use this link to our Conference Survey.
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in the 2018 ServiceIQ NZ Museum Awards, announced in Christchurch on 20 May. Otago Museum (Taonga Māori and Public Programme) and Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom (Museum Project) were prominent on the podium. Other winners are Canterbury Museum (Arts Access), Christchurch Art Gallery (Museum Shops), Dowse Art Museum (Museum Shops), Taupō Museum (Public Programme), MTG Hawke’s Bay (Taonga Māori), MOTAT (Social History), Kaikoura Museum (Science), Hastings City Art Gallery (Art), and Awhina Tamarapa is the first recipient of the Mina McKenzie Award for individual achievement.