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South East Queensland Small Museums Conference 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014 to Sunday, 24 August 2014 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM





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South East Queensland

Small Museums Conference 





About the Conference

The South East Queensland Small Museums Conference 2014 is being presented by a partnership between

Redland Museum, and North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, with support from Redland Art Gallery and

Redland RSL Museum.    We invite museum professionals, staff, volunteers, suppliers, and anyone interested

in the work of small and regional museums and galleries, to take part in this outstanding personal development

and networking opportunity.

The conference includes thirty local, national, and international speakers presenting on a diverse range of

interesting and relevant topics.

The Conference will be supported by a world-class Masterclass, tours of local museums, galleries and

community highlights, and enjoyable social events.


The Conference will provide participants with the chance to:

  • Network, communicate, have free and frank debate, and gain practical skills and information.

  • Explore the reasons we should connect with our communities, and the pathways to achieve it.


The Conference Theme

Pathways – connecting museums and communities 

A Diversity of Pathways:               Engaging and working with different demographic segments

                                                           of our communities.

Whose Pathway:                            The role of the small museum: for whom does the museum exist;

                                                           obligations to education; use of museum space and resources. 

Pathways to Interpretation:          Interpretative theatre, digitization, oral history, film, and text.

Pathways to Partnerships:           Membership and volunteers, community organisations and

                                                           local government, and funding opportunities. 

Pathways to Professionalism:      Current museum technology and management practice. 


The Main Conference    (registration $160)

(Saturday 23 August, at Redland Museum, Cleveland, and Sunday 24 August, at UQ Moreton Bay Research

Station, Dunwich).

The main conference presents a full program of 30 speakers and workshops on a diverse range of interesting

and relevant topics.   Click here for the Detailed Speaker Program.

The Masterclass     (registration $75)

Spirit of Place:  Connecting Collections & Communities.

(Thursday 21 August, at Redland Museum, starting at 9:30am).

It will be coordinated by the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, and conducted by:

Professor Amareswar Galla,   Executive Director, International Institute for the Inclusive Museum

Kylie Winkworth,    Freelance curator and renowned advocate for small museums

Ida Brændholt Lundgaard,      Senior Adviser for Museums, Danish Cultural Agency

MetteLiv Skovgaard,     Educational Development Manager at the National Museum of Denmark

Deborah Tranter,     Former Director of the Cobb+Co Museum


This one-day Professional Development Masterclass will focus on the sustainable development of small 

museums and their continuity or ‘survival’ that has become a universal concern. Kylie and Amar will focus on

the contextual development of small museums through integrated local area planning and local governments.

Ida will present on curating ‘Spirit of Place’ through relevance and response based on six years of national

user survey results from Denmark. Mette will bring several cases on how to co-create ‘Spirit of Place School

Programs’ with teachers. These presentations will lead into an interactive workshop. The final synthesis

session will be facilitated by Deborah.

If you are not able to attend the main conference you are still welcome to register for just the Masterclass.

Places on the Masterclass are limited, so register early



Friday will present opportunities for delegates and companions to enjoy one of the following interesting tours:


"Strawberry Fields Forever"  Cleveland Highlights Tour   (registration  $45)

(Friday 22 August.    Meet at Redland Museum, at 9:30am.)

The Redlands once was famous for its strawberry farms. Now it is a vibrant semi-rural residential community.  

This tour starts at Redland Museum, where you will have time to explore the museum and enjoy a devonshire

morning tea. Then on to historic Ormiston House, built in the 1860s by Capt. Louis Hope, the father of the

Australian sugar industry. The house is surrounded by 14 acres of equally historic grounds and gardens

overlooking Moreton Bay.  Lunch will be at Redlands IndigiscapesRedland City Council’s environmental

education centre and botanic gardens featuring only plants locally native to the Redlands area.  After lunch,

visit the Redland RSL Museum and the historic Cleveland Point Light.  Then on to Redland Art Gallery to

explore the gallery and enjoy a Streetscape Art Walk.   The Conference Welcome and Exhinition Opening

will be held Redland Art Gallery at 6:00pm.


“Island Time”   Stradbroke Island Highlights Tour   (registration $45)

(Friday 22 August.   Meet at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum at 9:30am.)

Take the opportunity to have a day on fascinating North Stradbroke Island, learning about the Quandamooka

people, as well as experiencing the history and soaking up the beautiful natural environment of one of the

largest sand islands in the world.   Spend Friday morning in historic Dunwich, visiting the Minjerribah-

Moorgumpin Elders, seeing the exhibits at the NSI Aboriginal Housing Coop, experiencing the contemporary

Aboriginal art on offer at the Salt Water Murris Art Gallery, strolling around the historic Dunwich Cemetery and

visiting the NSI Historical Museum, a winner of the ABC Radio National Regional Museums Award.   Then hop

on a bus for lunch at the popular Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, whale watch along the iconic Gorge Walk,

and be guided through an interesting tour of the development of coastal houses - from fishing shacks to

copper-clad mansions - with a prominent local architect.    Hop off the tour at Point Lookout if you are staying

the weekend at the Island, or head back to Cleveland on the Big Island in time for the Conference Welcome

and Exhibition Opening at the Redland Art Gallery at 6:00pm.


“Lazing Past the Lazaret”      Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre Boat Tour

(registration $12)

(Sunday 24 August.   Departs One Mile ferry terminal at 2:30pm)

After the Conference is over, return to the mainland on the exciting, new Moreton Bay Environmental Education

Centre vessel, the MV Inspiration. Learn about the fascinating history of Peel Island from the National Parks

rangers, as the boat travels around the northern side of the island, home of the Peel Island Lazaret.

This will be a unique opportunity to glimpse into a rarely seen part of Moreton Bay history.


Social Events

Conference Welcome and Exhibition Opening   (Free)

(Friday 22 August.    Redland Art Gallery,    6:00pm to 8:00pm)

Join us for a glass of champagne and light refreshments at this relaxed social evening at Redland Art Gallery.  

Take the opportunity to meet the speakers and other delegates, and to enjoy the displays at Redland Art

Gallery.  This event will be held in conjunction with the opening of a new exhibition, Artefacts from the Curlew

Republic:  painting, video art, sound sculpture and music by Colin Offord and Yilan Yeh.


“Awash with History” … the Floating Conference Dinner   ($55)

(Saturday 23 August.  Departs Cleveland Toondah Harbour at 4.45pm, drops at Dunwich at 8pm,

and at Cleveland at 9pm)

Come aboard Stradbroke Ferries newly renovated ferry “Minjerribah”, for a Conference Dinner to remember!

Cruise the gentle waters of Moreton Bay on the Minjerribah, which has been completely renovated and updated

to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary, and it is ours for the night!    Cozy up in the café, watch the city

lights or gaze at the magnificence of the Milky Way from the top deck.   Entertainment, sumptuous dinner and

drinks included. This will be a night to remember!



The Conference Venues

Because this conference is hosted by a partnership of museums, it will be conducted at several

venues, including:

    Redland Museum

    North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum

    Redland Art Gallery

    Redland RSL Museum

    Stradbroke Ferries Toondah Harbour

    UQ Moreton Bay Research Station

Addresses, phone numbers and maps for each of these venues can be found here:  Venues

Bring a Companion

Delegates are very welcome to bring a companion to any of the conference tours and social activities.  



There is plenty of accommodation in the Redlands, of all types and price ranges, both on the Mainland and on

Stradbroke Island.  The accommodation booking service for the Conference is being provided by Stradbroke

Island Holidays.  For information or to book accommodation, click here:  Accommodation.


Take a Mini Vacation in the Redlands

The Redlands, including Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, is one of the most attractive

parts of Queensland. We encourage you to take this opportunity to extend you stay a few days and enjoy a

mini vacation. For more information, visit About Redlands and Stradbroke Holidays.


Straddie Camping

Experience the spirit of Quandamooka Country. There are 6 beachfront camping grounds situated

in the Island's three townships, accessible by paved roads. These camping grounds offer powered

and unpowered sites for tents, camper trailers and caravans, as well as 20 fully equipped cabins.

For information on camping, click Straddie Camping.


How to Get to Stradbroke Island

Don't worry, it's very easy.  Stradbroke Ferries runs regular car and passenger ferry services between

Cleveland (Toondah Harbour) and Dunwich. 


How to Register for the Conference

Register Online

To avoid complexity, we ask each delegate to register individually, but your registration may

include one companion.   Start your online registration by clicking ...REGISTER... or at the

top right corner of this page.   Select one Delegate ticket for yourself, and if you are bringing

a companion, select one Companion ticket.   The registration system will then step you

through the process of selecting the activities you and your companion want to attend, and

completing your registration.


Register by Mail or Phone

You may register by mail by printing the Mail Registration Form, and sending the completed

form by email to:     or by mail to:   Redland Museum,  

60 Smith Street,   Cleveland  4163

To register by phone, call Redland Museum at 07 3286 3494


How to Pay

During the online registration process you will be asked if you wish to Pay by Credit Card or Pay by Invoice.  

Credit card payments and refunds incur charges imposed by the online payment facility, so we recommend 

and prefer that you select Pay by Invoice. We will then mail you an Invoice for Payment and you can either pay

by direct deposit, cheque or cash.   Alternatively you may select the online convenience of Pay by Credit Card.  

If you register by mail or phone, we will send you an Invoice for Payment.

Please read our Terms and Conditions.