Powerful narratives and compelling explanations:
Educational historians and museums at work
Next year the Australian National Museum of Education will join the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) in hosting their annual conference.
The conference will be held from 24-27 September 2017 at the Inspire Centre at the University of Canberra, Australia. The call for papers closes on 1 April 2017. Papers should address the theme of Narrative, explanation and interpretation: history that matters
- Education and its role in nation building
- Museums and popular history
- Biography and history
Full details about the conference can be found on the ANZHES website.
The Australian National Museum of Education has been awarded a $4,500 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a significance assessment of the collection. The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 27 October, 2015.
This year, grants worth $438,710 have been distributed to 75 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
In addition, Hakim Abdul Rahim from The Australian National Museum of Education attended a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.
Curator Hakim Abdul Rahim said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the Australian National Museum of Education at the grassroots level. “While the grant provides the funds, the workshop offers the expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local context,” he said
Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities. CHG is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.
Media contacts: Dr Malcolm Beazeley, Director ANME, ANME@canberra.edu.au or Hakim Abdul Rahim, Curator, Hakim.AbdulRahim@canberra.edu.au 0421155496
The School Museums Seminar advertised for Saturday 12 September has regrettably been postponed due to a lack of sufficient responses, until a date to be set. The seminar was intended to bring together school museum enthusiasts to learn from each other about museum practice and to identify the issues and challenges they face.
ANME intends to continue to contact its museum members to gain better information about their needs and priorities, most probably through an on-line survey.