Recipients Announced for the 2014 Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program

Posted 30th June, 2014

The Roving Curator – Exhibitions Program is a new initiative developed by Museums Australia (Victoria) to support and improve museum and gallery sector exhibition activity in Victoria. The program is administered by Museums Australia (Victoria) with funds received from Arts Victoria.

Designed to provide hands-on assistance, the Program offers an exhibitions professional (Roving Curator) to work with a museum or gallery on a range of exhibition-related projects.

The assessment panel recently met to select the five organisations that will receive assistance from the Program in 2014. The recipients are:

Australian Railway Historical Society

For assistance with an interpretation plan, planning displays and label writing.

Talbot Museum

For assistance with the exhibition development process and planning displays.

Queenscliffe Maritime Museum

To develop themes and ideas for exhibition displays and the development of a project management plan.

Surfworld Museum Torquay

For assistance in the development of an interpretation plan, a fundraising strategy, and a marketing strategy.

Arts Space Wodonga and Wodonga Historical Society

For the development of an exhibition from idea to delivery.

Congratulations to all!

Victorian Jazz Stories on Culture Victoria

Posted 24th June, 2014

Victoria has a rich history filled with incredible, talented and fierce jazz musicians. Together with the Australian Jazz Museum (formerly the Victorian Jazz Archive), MA (Vic) has developed a series of films and stories featuring the Museum's vast collection. These are now available on Culture Victoria.

We're excited to showcase some of the incredible work Victorian collecting organisations are doing and hope the films and stories encourage you to visit the Australian Jazz Museum. Through the objects in the Museum's vast collection and its connection to the jazz scene both past and present, you will be transported into the cool, humble and underground world of Victorian jazz.

> View the films and stories

Nominations Deadline Extended: 2014 Victorian Museum Awards

Posted 3rd June, 2014

The Victorian Museum Awards highlight outstanding achievements and service in the museum, gallery and collecting sector. This special event will be held on Thursday 7 August and celebrates organisations and individuals whose passion and work build a strong museum industry.

Objectives of the Victorian Museum Awards:

  • Raise awareness of museums as effective vehicles for engagement with ideas and communities.
  • Reward and encourage best practice by individuals and organisations.
  • Celebrate the value of museums to local and wider community groups.

There are award categories for both organisations and individuals.

The closing date for nominations has now been extended to Friday 27 June 2014.

> Further information and nomination forms

2013 MA (Vic) Annual Report Available Online

Posted 26th May, 2014

The 2013 MA (Vic) Annual Report is now available online. Download your copy and find out more about how we have worked with budget adjustments, who our partners have been in delivering events that attracted over 1,600 attendees, what digital projects have been added to our YouTube channel and much more.

2013 highlights include:

  • Eighteen videos on our YouTube channel generating 5,000 views in 2013.
  • $40,000 devolved to 5 Exhibition Grant recipients.
  • 5 issues of INSITE Magazine.
  • 83 museums participating in the peer review MAP program.
  • 4,805 kilometers travelled by MAP Managers to visit collections throughout Victoria.
  • A completely redesigned Victorian Collections website.
  • 26 Victorian Collections cataloguing workshops.

> Download the 2013 Annual Report

Launch: Victorian Collections training program for RSL Sub-Branches

Posted 20th May, 2014


From Left to right: Dr. Patrick Greene, CEO, Museum Victoria; RSL State President, Major General David McLachlan AO (Rtd); Minister for the Arts Hon. Heidi Victoria MP; Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Hon. Damian Drum MLC, and Laura Miles, Executive Director of Museums Australia (Victoria).


On Tuesday 13 May, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Hon. Damian Drum MLC, the Minister for the Arts Hon. Heidi Victoria MP, and RSL State President, Major General David McLachlan AO (Rtd), officially launched the new Victorian Collections training program for RSL Sub-Branches memorabilia collections, military history and corps collections.

> Watch a video of the launch (courtesy of Arts Victoria).

The new training program is jointly funded by Veterans' Affairs and Arts Victoria, with in-kind support from the RSL, and will provide specific training delivered by MA (Vic) to ensure that important war-related heritage and memorabilia continue to be preserved, photographed, digitised, catalogued, and made accessible to the general public via the Victorian Collections portal.

The training program will comprise four dedicated workshops for RSL Sub-Branch collections and other military memorabilia organisations.

RSL collections are held at most of Victoria’s 315 Sub-Branches and include large numbers of World War I items, including medals, satchels, uniforms, flags, photos, and letters.


Graham Hutchings, volunteer at the Running Rabbits Military Museum (operated by the Upwey Belgrave RSL Sub-Branch) displays some of their military memorabilia collection at the launch.


The launch was also an occasion to celebrate the recent redesign of the Victorian Collections website and collection management interface.

Victorian Collections is managed by MA (Vic) in partnership with Museum Victoria. Training workshops are available to all collecting organisations in Victoria.

Cameron Auty, Victorian Collections Project Manager.
Belinda Ensor
, Victorian Collections Project Assistant.



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EARLYBIRD EXTENDED – Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference

Posted 17th February, 2014


The 2014 Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference will be hosted by Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village and will be held at the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 April. Join us for what promises to be a highly engaging, must-attend event!

Earlybird registration now extended to 21 February 2014.

> Further info and Conference program

Call for Nominations - Museums Australia Inc (Victoria) Committee

Posted 2nd January, 2014

Nominations are being called for election to the Committee of Museums Australia Inc (Victoria) for the 2014 – 2016 term. The elected committee will be announced at the Annual General Meeting at 6pm on Wednesday 30 April 2014.

Candidates for election and their nominators must be an Individual Member or the designated representative of an Institutional Member of Museums Australia Inc. 

If a ballot is required, ballot papers will be sent to all members in early March and voting will close at 5pm on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

Download the Nomination Form here.

Nominations should be forwarded no later that 5pm on Wednesday 26 February 2014 to: The Secretary, Museums Australia Inc (Victoria), PO Box 385, Carlton South VIC 3053.  For more information: call 8341 7344 or email

IMPORTANT - for your nomination to count, you and the person you are nominating must be financial members of Museums Australia (Victoria), be up-to-date with membership fees, include your correct membership numbers; and return this form to reach us by 5pm on Wednesday 26 February 2014.

Significance Seminar Presentations Now Online

Posted 24th September, 2013

We are pleased to announce another addition to our online training resources for museums. Full video recordings of the Identifying Significant Collection Items Seminar held at ACMI in July this year are now available to stream online.

> View the seminar presentations online
> See our other practical training resources

Victorian Museum Award Winners 2013

Posted 8th August, 2013

Thank you to everyone for making this year's Victorian Museum Awards such a celebratory occasion. We would like to congratulate the Award Winners as follows:

MA (Vic) Award for Excellence (Volunteer)
Winner: Andrew Willox, Friends of the RAAF Museum

MA (Vic) Award for Excellence (Paid Staff)
Winner: Diane Gardiner, Old Treasury Building

TASHCO Systems Award for Volunteer Museums
Winner: Charlton Golden Grains Museum

Archival Survival Award for Small Museums
Winner: Burrinja Cultural Centre

MA (Vic) Award for Medium Museums
Winner: Heide Museum of Modern Art

MA (Vic) Award for Large Museums
Winner: Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Victorian Collections Cataloguing Awards
Winner: University of Ballarat Art & Historical Collection
Winner: Greensborough & District Historical Society

> Further details about winners and highly commended available here

Congratulations to our 2013 Exhibition Grant Recipients

Posted 15th July, 2013

We are pleased to announce five successful recipients for the 2013 Exhibition Grant round:

  • Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne
  • Creswick Museum
  • Town Hall Gallery
  • Jewish Holocaust Museum
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire

Thank you to everyone who submitted applications to the grant program and we wish you all the best for your projects.

> See details of the 2013 Exhibition Grant Recipients

Award Nomination Deadline Extended to 28 June

Posted 7th June, 2013

To give everyone the opportunity to get their applications in for the Victorian Museum Awards, the nomination deadline has been extended to Friday 28 June.

The Victorian Museum Awards highlight outstanding achievements and service in the museum, gallery and collecting sector.

> See the Awards website for Nomination Details & Past Winners

Nominate for the Victorian Museum Awards

Posted 26th April, 2013

Nominations for the 2013 Victorian Museum Awards are now open.

The Victorian Museum Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in museum practice. They seek to reward the museums and individuals who strengthen Victoria’s museum industry through outstanding work and a commitment to best practice.

> See the Awards nominations page for further details

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