Last weekend on October 26 – 28, Maranoa Regional Council and the townships and communities that make up the vast region hosted the Small Museums Conference with 85+ delegates travelling to the region from every part of Queensland including some from Western Australia. The theme – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow brought amazing stories into focus all with a regional reference.
Supported by Museums & Galleries Queensland the event is held every two years. Everyone was extended a warm welcome by Councillor representatives and Michelle Blair, Coordinator for Regional Libraries, Arts & Culture Development. The message – an invitation to experience life in the Maranoa during our stay.
- Keynote address – Liza Dale-Hallett speaks about the Invisible Farmer Project, Museums Victoria
- Diving into digitisation – Fiona Hayward, Kilburnie Homestead, Banana Shire
- What the war meant to Miles – Kylie Bourne, President of Miles Historical Village
- Sweet home Wallumbilla – Community arts project creating the Jimmy Possum chair using materials preserved from abandoned homes in the Wallumbilla district
- Bus trip to Mitchell where the brave experienced great artesian water in the Spa, a tour of Booringa Heritage Museum, and an introduction to Yumba Historical Preservation (Western Times news article) where we met up with Aunty Lynette Nixon – 2018 NAIDOC Female Elder of the Year
- Conference dinner under the stars at the Big Rig complex – Roma’s memorial to the pioneers of Australia’s oil and gas industry
#networking #preserving #heritage #sharing #knowledge #success
Anne Scheu – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland