Making Museums Matter

On the weekend of 26 and 27 October, Edith Cuffe and Jan Nargar represented the Abbey Museum at the South East Queensland Museums Conference 2013.

The theme of the conference was Tools of the Trade: Practical and Pragmatic Ideas, which addressed the ‘nuts and bolts’ of operating small museums and catered for people working in museums, whether paid or unpaid. Attendees came from as far afield as Museum Staff present at SE Qld ConferenceHughenden, Sarina and Dirranbandi.

Edith chaired an informative session dealing with education programs in museums. She also described the work of Museums Australia, Queensland Branch for which she is President. Jan delivered a key note presentation about the development of the Abbey Museum’s Collection Policy and Procedures Manual. Together they conducted a workshop exploring ways to engage volunteers in collection management activities.

The sessions were well received and demonstrated the significance and contribution of the Abbey Museum’s dedication to best practice in Queensland.