Attention: Librarians and Archivists!


The Australian National Museum of Education in association with the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra cordially invites you to a workshop where students from the Museums, Heritage and Conservation Studies Course in the Faculty of Arts and Design’s Donald Horne Institute will demonstrate a range of  techniques in the conservation of archival items.

When: Monday 25 July 2016  4.30pm to 6.00pm

Where: Building 27 Level C Room 18  UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA

Cost: Admission: $15.00  includes refreshments will be served

RSVP no later than Thursday 21 July to

Telephone:  6201 2473

20th Anniversary Celebration

IMG_6291Left: Dr Malcolm Beazley AM cuts the 20th anniversary birthday cake

On Wednesday 11th May, ANME hosted a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Museum. Members and guests enjoyed a number of speeches by the Chair of the Management Board, Prof Barbara Pamphilon, and the Director, Dr Malcolm Beazley, AM and Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt, Senior Curator. Light refreshments were followed by a visit to Building Five and a viewing of the anniversary displays and the Museum’s collections.



Museum one-day courses at UC

The Heritage, Museums and Conservation Program in the UC Faculty of Arts and Design is offering two expert-led, one-day courses on caring for records and other paper items:

Course 1: Preserving paper records – a down-to-earth course on how to handle, store and transport paper documents, including a disaster recovery session. This course is aimed at records managers, librarians and anyone else who loves and cares for old documents.
Course 2: Workshop in Paper Conservation – a more in-depth look at paper and how it deteriorates, including practical sessions on how to clean and deacidify old paper. This course is aimed at people who are familiar with basic paper preservation and would like to know more, including emerging conservators and students.

These courses can be done together or separately and are great for professional development in the heritage, archives and conservation sectors. See the attached flyers for further information.

If you have any questions, or would like to attend one or both of these courses, please email Nicole Charnock at to confirm your availability.

Please forward this email to interested colleagues or friends – we would love to see them!

Heritage, Museums and Conservation Program, Faculty of Arts and Design
University of Canberra

Heritage Festival 20th Anniversary Exhibition

heritage_logoCome and join in the celebration!

As part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, the Australian National Museum of Education at the University of Canberra is reflecting upon 20 years of service to educational heritage.

This is an opportunity to see highlights from a leading Australian  educational history  collection, as it showcases examples of educational policy, curriculum and practice.

The exhibition is open from 4 – 20 April,  with the exception of the weekend of 9-10 April.

Further information about the whole program may be found at 

The Annual Field Trip

The Chair and Board Members of the Australian National Museum of Education at the University of Canberra invite you to participate in The Annual Field Trip on Saturday, 19 March 2016.

The fully escorted tour bus will leave Daramalan College, Cowper Street, Dickson (closest gate to Dickson Shops) at 8.30am. The Field Trip will include:

  • Nerriga Old School Museum – 1868 (with a sumptuous morning tea). One or more of the original pupils will be in attendance.
  • Lunch at the picturesque Yatte Yattah Nursery Café
  • Milton Public School – 1877 and Archives
  • Nelligen Village

The total cost will be $40.00 per person, including morning tea, lunch, bus travel and refreshment bag. Dinner will be at own expense at the The Carrington Inn , Bungendore.

Book early with assurance of payment to avoid disappointment as places are limited:

Vale Rod West

Rod West, 1998Rod West, who died on Monday 25th January, was a remarkable man who enriched the lives of a great many people. If ever a man made a significant difference he did. There are many who will remember him with respect and affection especially those who were students and staff at each of his schools and many more throughout the community.

As a teacher, he opened the riches of literature and the classics to many. As an educational leader, he was an inspiration and a mentor to many other leaders. He valued parents, knowing very well their sacrificial love and care for their boys (and, later in his long career, girls). They entrusted their children to him, knowing his great pastoral strength, and they were richly rewarded. His phenomenal memory for people’s names was matched by his genuine interest in and care for them. In their later lives, he maintained contact with many, and rejoiced in their success. Where necessary, he would mourn with those who mourn. Likewise, there are now many who mourn the passing of Rod West, a unique man, a giant among men.

Stuart Braga

ANME wins Community Heritage Grant

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, or Hakim Abdul Rahim, Curator, 0421155496

Preserving Paper Records

Are you a Records Manager or librarian? Do you love and care for old documents?  Join this hands-on course led by expert teachers from the University of Canberra to get the low down on how to keep your records in tip-top condition – ready for their next big information assignment! This is a University of Canberra Professional Development Course.

Date: Monday 7 December, 2015
Venue: UC Conservation laboratory, Building 27C18, Bruce Campus
Cost: Professional  $400  Full-time student $300
Bookings: Contact Mona Soleymani on by Friday 27th of November Places limited.

Museum Theatre and IMTAL

This month Canberra hosts the Asia Pacific forum on museum theatre and young people.

Museum theatre Is a creative and interactive approach through which museums and other cultural institutions engage and educate  their audiences and visitors. In the school museums world, this would include enacting the  historical  period  through ‘costumed schooling’.

IMTAL is the organisation that brings together museum theatre practitioners providing a way to share their ideas, experiences, as well as source advice and inspiration.

IMTAL Is the  International Museum Theatre Alliance which has an Asia Pacific branch which aims to represent and offer services to its members and also to partner members in IMTAL Americas and IMTAL Europe.

IMTAL Asia Pacific has a network of around 200 people in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Japan, China, and Singapore. Members are invited to join from around the world.

For more information on this month’s forum go to

Seminar postponed

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.