Museums Australia Victoria conference held on Phillip Island

Last updated on 6 October 2016

This Thursday 6th October and Friday 7th October the Museums Australia Victoria conference was held at the Cowes Cultural and Heritage Centres for 160 delegates from across Victoria and interstate, with the keynote speakers coming from the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetss USA - Adam Rozan - and Dr Patrick Greene OBE, CEO of Museum Victoria. There were four plenary sessions and six parallel sessions over the two days with a total of 30 excellent speakers. Our museum was open all day both days with a roster of committee members. The museum featured a display of four of local indigenous man Steve Parker's painted surf boards. Both the museum generally and the surf boards created a lot of interest, with about 30 delegates visiting during the two days. Four committee members attended the conference - Anne Davie, Julie Box, Gaye Cleeland and John Jansson - and secretary Christine Grayden was one of the organisers (she also managed to attend a few sessions!). Catering was across the road in St Philip's Parish Hall, with delicious home cooked meals provided by the Parish catering team with serving and clean up help from the Phillip Island Croquet Club. The delegates enjoyed a wonderful evening on Thursday evening on Churchill Island, with guided tours and a cocktail dinner. The dinner speaker was satirist John Clarke, who showed us a serious side by giving a passionate speech about the Western Port and Phillip Island environment. The conference concluded with Dr Padraic Fisher CEO of the National Wool Museum in Geelong who gave a very entertaining talk about the psychology of nostalgia and why some people collect, others hoarde and we all tend to value the past. Overall, this was a great event, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, and a wonderful opportunity for our members to hear from the best in the land. Photos show the first plenary session underway, and Steve's beautiful surf boards on display when first put up in the Cowes museum. The final display includes signage with the Boonwurrung and English titles for each board and a bio of Steve. We thank Steve for his generous loan of his beautiful boards to the museum.

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