2007 & Earlier

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  • 2007 - Canberra
  • 2006 - Brisbane
  • 2005 - Sydney
  • 2004 - Melbourne
  • 2003 - Perth
  • 2002 - Adelaide
  • 2001 - Canberra

Canberra ACT: 17 - 20 May 2007

Plenary Speakers
"You keep it - We are Christians here". Repatriation of the secret-sacred where Indigenous worldviews have changed
Kim Akerman

The View from the West
Alan Dodge

Future and Ethics of Zoos  
David Hancocks

Creating the Gallery of Australian Democracy
Kate Cowie

Faith Bandler and the 1967 Referendum
Marilyn Lake

Exhibition Challenges
Jackie Menzies

Breaking Ground: evolving Australian socio/political values on the Victorian goldfields
Tim Sullivan

Opening the Common Gates
Carol Wei and Sarah Yu

The Great History Debate: What, How and for Whom
Mary-Louise Williams

Parallel Session Speakers          

Access granted - putting Indigenous collections online
Lindy Allen & Katie Hayne

Museums and Climate Change - Bringing the big messages home through institutional collaboration
Andy Baird

Museum Partnerships : Dili - Darwin Return
Joanna Barrkman

The museum, democracy and domesticity: who's in whose web?
Jennifer Barrett and John Petersen

The National Museum of Australia and Learning Bibliography
Helena Bezzina

Museums in a Changing Climate : adapting to an icreasingly regulated corporate climate
Dimitra Birthisel

The evolving agenda for collections in Australia
Margaret Birtley

Museums: A place for Children
Jennifer Blunden

Plain or just plain dull? Collaterall damage from the Plain English movement
Jennifer Blunden

Making museums better? Analysing proposed remedies
Barrie Brennan

Offering visitors choice at the Front-of-House
Carol Cartwright

Podcasting with The Museum Detective
Joanna Cobley

Making Great Experiences - Multimedia and Museum Victoria       
Joe Coleman

ICOM Australia Panel
Susan Cochrane

Human Remains in Museum Collections: Ethical Issues
Peter Connell

Museum - between the pedagogical and the performative
Uros Cvoro

Embracing Democracy
Zoe D'Arcy

Heteretopia! The Challenge for Museums of the Twenty-First Century
Christine Dauber

Constructing discursive space in the contemporary art museum
Jane Deeth

Put me in the picture: ethics and access in tough times...
Mickey Dewar

Hierarchy of Knowledge : where should museums pitch themselves?
Genevieve Fahey

Connecting an archival collection with classroom inquiry
Margaret Fleming and Michelle Fracaro

World Federation of Friends of Museums Assembly and Council Meeting : Singapore 26th-29th April 2007
Carolyn Forster

The Play's the thing....
Mary Lou Gardam

Curating and Academic Institutions: An Interdisciplinary Challenge
Anna Gardner and Mirna Heruc

Setting up a Collection Storage Facility
Greer Gehrt

Emblems of Belonging : An inter-disciplinary exploration
Dr Barbie Greenshields

Working together: communities and museums
Lola Greeno, Dr Julie Gough and Amanda Reynolds

Challenges and Achievements in the Asia/Pacific Region
Lisa Harvey

Creating a Heritage Icon : The saving of Bundaroo Homestead
Jacqueline Healy

Designers, Authors or Decorators
Tom Hewitt

Museum of Victoria - Family of Brands
Rose Hiscock

Public galleries of Victoria working together to welcome new audiences to their local gallery
Helen Kaptein and Lyn Johnson

Tourism and Museums
Paul Kauffman

"Learning History from the Horse's Mouth"
Megg Kelham

Changing Perceptions of Democracy on the Goldfields
Anna Kyi

Displaying regional river collections downstream, upstream and far from home!
Michelle Linder

Those Voluntary Guides: Their Training and Management
Margaret Love

How to look after 16.6 million items
Maryanne McCubbin

Dead Man Walking: Interpretation, Ethics and Affect in Exhibitions of Plastinated Human Remains
Dr Kit Messham-Muir

General Principles of Design
Caolán Mitchell

Connecting research, collections and public participation
Liz Murphy

Escape! Fremantle to Freedom - an exhibition on the greatest prison break in Australian History
Sandra Murray

Sustaining University collections in a changing climate : the University of Melbourne
Belinda Nemec

Fame, Fortune and the Fifth Continent
Gael Newton

The Bay Discovery Centre: Which type of bird is it?......
Marianne Norman

Student soujourners : Museums and the transnational experience of the international students
Daniel Oakman

The Global Museum - Venice, Bilbao, Berlin, Las Vegas and....
Susan Ostling

Culture Victoria - Collaboration Or : Some things we learnt.
Michael Parry

Beyond the Porcelain Doll: Museum engagement with the history of children
Carla Pascoe

"Green Galleries"
Joe Pascoe

The Blind Man and the Elephant : A Multi-Method Approach to Website Evaluation
Alexa Reynolds

The Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Stage One
Michael Richards

Viewing the Viewers : An Ethnographic Study of Contemporary Visual Art Audiences
Janine Sager

National Standards for Australian Museums
Erica Sanders

After the show: Making sense after the event
Gillian Savage

Museums of the Never Never
Rosemary Simons

Memory, democracy and the 1967 Referendum
Sue Taffe and Tikka Wilson

Objects through Time
Stephen Thompson

Technology and Public Programs : how much collaboration can add value
Hayley Townsend

ABC Collector Cam - breeding new cabinets of curiosities or creating collection fever?
Cinnamon Van Reyk

Participatory Design and Co-creativity in Cultural Institutions
Jerry Watkins

Practical approaches to exhibition text
Thérèse Weber

Regional and Remote Program Speakers

You don't need a degree to set up a museum to museum standards.....
Sue Atkinson

Regional Hubs and other strategies
Margaret Birtley

Planning for Exhibitions
Rebecca Coronel


Brisbane QLD: 14 - 17 May 2006

Cultural Connections - The Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
Lindsay Clare

Museum of Liverpool - Vision into Reality
Tim Evans

Which Demographic? A Social Geography of Cultural Spaces in the City
Chris Gibson

Cultural Places for a New Demographic
Sir Peter Hall

Indigenous People and Cities
Jackie Huggins

A Museum is a Ring of Rocks: Stories, Identity, Ritual and Place
Alison Page

Rip Tide or Whirl Pool - The Cultural Frontline of the Sea Change Phenomenon
Virginia Rigney

Citing the City: Museum architecture, Mapping, and the Tourist Gaze
Naomi Stead

When a Place Means Something. It Matters - Adding Value Off the Main Road
Sam Ham

Why Do Some Towns Thrive While Others Languish?
Ian Plowman

"Bloody Hell" You Talking to Me?
Robyn Till

Significance Assessment and Community Identity - What's happening in regional Queensland?
Deborah Tranter

Are Partnerships the Answer?
Vicki Warden

Are Historic House Museums Sustainable?
David Gibson

Engaging Design: How Values and Philosophies Shape Spaces
Madge Bemiss, Susan Hoppenfeld, Betsy Bradley

Community, Government, and Museum - the Peranakan of Singapore
Helena Bezzina

Art + Text: Deconstructing the Language Barrier in Art Museums
Jennifer Blunden

Navigating the Museum
Michael Crayford

History, Memory and the Past - History Museums and the Novels of Penelope Lively
Brian Crozier

Queer Voices in Museums
Kate Davison

Connecting the Community to the Art Museum
Jane Deeth

Netball, Scar Trees and Motorbikes: Community, Connect, Collaboration - Presenting Cultural Exhibitions in the Public Space
Rhonda Diffey

Grief, Protest and Public History: The Memorial Wall in the Migration Museum, Adelaide
Christine Finnimore

Connecting Museums with Students in Remote Australian Communities
Colleen Fitzgerald

Beyond the Garden Walls: greening cities and cultivating communities
Janelle Hatherley

Local Heritage and Cultural Vitality in Port Phillip
Melissa Hayes and Richard Holt

There is a Pottery in my Street
Jacqueline Healy

Thailand's Temple Museums and New South Wales: Community Museums - a Comparative Study
Kiralynne Hill

Engaging Adolescents in Interpretation at Sovereign Hill

Peter Hoban and Marion Littlejohn

Risky Moves
Jenny Horder

My City of Sydney
Susan Hunt

Making and Exhibiting Migration Stories in Community Settings
Mary Hutchison and Ian Coates

Beyond 'Ethnics' and 'Migrants': A Greek-Australian Experience
Leonard Janiszewski and Effy Alexakis

Online or Virtually So? Cultural Spaces Created for Children Through Online Museums
Robbie Johnston

Energy Highways: Memories of Energy Trails
Jan King

A Refugee Boat called Freedom: Crossing Borders and Linking Communities at the Australian National Maritime Museum
Lindl Lawton

Community Connections: Museums Working with Indigenous and Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Communities
Caroline Martin and Padmini Sebastian

Aqua Profunda - Culture and the Regeneration of Community Facilities
Ian McShane

Body Hits: The Dynamics of Kinespherics and Interpretation in Current Museum Display
Kit Messham-Muir

Community Expectations: Canberra Museum and Gallery Disaster Response
Dale Middleby

Connecting Communities Using Mobile Technologies
Liz Murphy

Re-imagining Space: The 'Scientia' Building at the University of New South Wales
Louise Ravelli

Communities in Need: Bushfire Disaster Response by Canberra's Cultural Institutions: First Steps
Barbara Reeve

Beads, Bugs and Tea: Community Learning Programs
Genelle Sharrock

Drawing Alive! Engaging with Museums, Galleries and Collections through Drawing
Margaret White

Community Museums and Volunteer Stories
Daniel Wilksch

Etched on Bark 1854: contested historical ground
Elizabeth Willis

Volunteers: A Community Resource and Engagement Tool for the Small Museum
Astrid Wootton


Sydney NSW: 1 - 4 May 2005

New Lamps for Old: Museums In The Learning Age
David Anderson

The Dying Words of Gertrude Stein
Robyn Archer

Too Many Captain Cooks, How Many Captain Cooks?: Nation, History And Perspective In Settler Australia
Bain Attwood

Riding With The Big Boys
Julie Baird

Accreditation: Mapping the Practicalities
Helen Bowman

Visitor Learning Can Be A Political Issue
Barrie Brennan

Beyond Talking Heads: Beirut To Baghdad....
Alissar Chidiac

"Strangers in a Strange Land" - the role of the historian at Sovereign Hill
Janice Croggon

Looking Forward Or Looking Back: Museums And The Future
Liza Dale-Hallett

An examination of the process of distributing data from the collection sphere into the public domain via the deployment of a scalable data interchange and deployment network at the South Australian Museum
Christopher Dalton, Matt Allbeury and Heath Amos

Interpreting the Nation: Which Stories, Whose Voice?
Professor Graeme Davison

The Values of the Parthenon, the Honour of the European Union and the Legacies of an Ecumenical Debt
Angelos Delivorrias

Braving The World Of Competitive Funding
Elizabeth Donaldson

Segmentation For Success
Linda Ferguson

What's New? Demands, Demographics And Distractions. The Changing Relationship With Museum Audiences.
Kevin Fewster

The Million Pound Note... Or how we won the lottery but never thought we'd spend it!
Gavin Fry

Accreditation - The Hot Topic
Jason W George

Museum Victoria: Building The Networked Museum
Dr J Patrick Greene

Custodians Welcome
Peter Haffenden

Leadership - What You Need To Know
Anthea Hancocks

The Darwin Centre And Beyond - access to collections, access to ideas
Michael Harvey

Returning the 'Old People': the First 'Stolen Generation'
Steve Hemming and Chris Wilson

1945:The End Of The War And It's Aftermath
Dr Hans-Martin Hinz

Cultural Institutions In The Digital Age: Copyright law and digitisation practices in museum, galleries and libraries
Emily Hudson and Andrew Kenyon

River Pigs Along The Rubicon: The Finely Balanced Art Of History Curatorship
Meighen S Katz

Collections: Treasure Or Trash?
Dr Suzanne Keene

Negotiation and Repatriation: Notes From Inside And Outside The Canadian Treaty Process
Andrea Laforet

3C's - Community, Culture And Commerce
Jock McQueenie

Exhibiting Narrative: A Collaborative Approach To The Re-mediation And Exhibition Of The Strehlow Collection
Dr Scott Mitchell

Politcal Pawns: Volunteer-Run Museums. Does anyone Care?
Leone Morgan

Sustainability And Cultural Collections: Introducing The Collections Council Of Australia
Sue Nattrass

New Architecture For The New Museum
David Priddle

Won't You Stay And Play? Creating Multimedia Exhibits That Actually Engage With Visitors
Tim Rolfe

Audiences To Regional, Local And Specialist Museums
Carol Scott and Lynda Kelly

Window Shopping: Looking And Learning In The Museum
Susan Sedgwick

Museum Studies Training: Academic Variations And A New Model For Developing Countries
John Simmons

Access For People Who Are Blind Or Vision Impaired
Michael Simpson

Creative Cities, Creative Museums
Maisy Stapleton

Outside the Comfort Zone
Toner Stevenson

Searching For Security In A Post-1945 World
Libby Stewart, Brad Manera and Ian Hodges

Cultural Consumers and Emotional Connection: A Tool For Community Engagement
Dr Sherene Suchy

Child Care Quality Assurance In Australia
John Tainton

The Museum As An Intercultural Site
Mia Thornton

So What!: Community Stories Matter
Anni Turnbull

Just How Far Can You Go? Confronting Displays In The Mind & Body Gallery
Dr Nurin Veis

The Thorns Of Fine Art Deaccessioning: A Consideration Of the Complex Issues Of Collection Management, Ethics And Relationship Management
Christopher Wainwright

New Challenges In Fundraising: Pitching Your Organisation In A Tragedy-Sensitive Environment
Sue-Anne Wallace

What the Visitor Remembered
Sue Webber

Interrogating Pluralism
Kirsten Wehner and Mathew Trinca

Fixing The Slums Of Australian Museums; or sustaining heritage collections in regional Australia
Kylie Winkworth

Repositioning Regional Galleries Through International Exhibitions
Lyndel Wischer

Beyond The Politics Of Representation: Towards A New Approach For Engaging With The Past In Museums
Dr Andrea Witcomb


Melbourne Vic (16 - 21 May 2004)

Business sustainability through good design
Michael James, Director, Brown James Design, Brisbane

Innovative art gallery programs for marginalised youth
Ruth Komesaroff, Vic

Crystal ball gazing - determining social value of government records 
Esther Robinson, National Archives of Australia

Museums and the Survival of the Fittest
Wim van der Weiden, European Museum Forum, The Netherlands

Dumbing Down ... or Up? The Power of Language in Museums
Jennifer Blunden, Freelance, NSW

Sustainable Futures: Sustainable Museums 
Liza Dale-Hallett, Museum Victoria, Vic.

What Has Posterity Done for us? Making Collection Databases Accessible to Users in the Future 
David Demant, Museum Victoria, Vic. 

You Are What You Eat: Food and Cultural Identity
Mickey Dewar, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory , NT

Cultural Tourism ... Soul Food, Fast Food or Junk Food? 
Sharron Dickman, Cultural Tourism Group, Vic

Sour Milk, Sustainability and a Sense of Humour (Art, the Status Quo and Population Sustainability in Australia) 
Denise Ferris, National Institute of the Arts, The Australian National University, NSW

Winning Them Over With Entrees: The Role of Food in Creating an Audience at Bishop's Lodge Historic House, Hay 
Mary Lou Gardam, Bishop's Lodge Historic House, NSW

Andrew Gray, Australian War Memorial, ACT

The Sustainability of State Archives From a Public Access Viewpoint 
Shauna Hicks, Public Record Office Victoria, Vic.

Authentic Learning Beyond the Classroom
Peter Hoban, Sovereign Hill Education Service, Vic.

Keeping Treasures in Testing Times: Special Collections in the Academic Environment
Anne Horn, Executive Manager, Social Sciences and Humanities Library Service, University of Queensland Library
Deborah Stumm, Manager, Fryer Library and University Archives, University of Queensland Library

Catering Contracts in Museums 
Tamara Jungwirth, Museum Victoria, Vic.

Evaluation of Cultural Sector Leadership Pilot: an Action Research Approach 
Lucy Marder, NTS Developing People, Vic.

Sustaining Memory: Artefacts and Experience in Holocaust Museums 
Dr Kit Messham-Muir , University of Sydney, NSW

Solitary vs. Shared Learning: Exploring the Social Dimension of Museum Learning
Jan Packer, Queensland University of Technology , Qld
Roy Ballantyne , Queensland University of Technology , Qld

Partnerships Between Museums, Universities and Business: Turning a $2m White Elephant into a Museum Display, a University Lecture Theatre, a Research Facility and a Testing Place (Laboratory) for Industry
Peter Pentland, Scienceworks, Vic
Professor Akhtar Kalam Victoria University of Technology, Vic.

Partnerships at the Powerhouse
Rebecca Pinchin, Powerhouse Museum, Vic.

Case Study: Why Do We Need a Museum?
Anne Rowland, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Vic.

Historical Societies: Sustaining Connected Communities
Vicki Court , Royal Historical Society Of Victoria
Liz Rushen, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Vic.

Local History Collections for the Future: Meaningful Partnerships Between Public Libraries and Community Heritage Groups
Claire Sandell, Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation, Vic.

MDOs - The Perfect Partnership?
Zoe Scott and Vicki Warden, Museum Resource Centre Central Queensland, Qld

Sure to Rise: Essential Ingredients for Enriching and Assessing Museum Performance
Peter Scrivener, Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW, NSW
Jane Legget, Massey University , New Zealand
Kate Walsh, History Trust of South Australia, SA

Use Your Scone: Hay's Community Curator program and Rural Museum Development
Dr Martha Sear, Community Curator, Hay, NSW

Red Cordial, Crackers and Cheese: The 'Year 7 Collections Exhibition' and Teaching Museum Studies to High School Students in Hay 
Dr Martha Sear, Community Curator, Hay, Vic.
Anne Longworth, Hay War Memorial High School Museum, Vic.

What is Strange About Australia? An exhibition designer's perspective on how well cultural institutions educate the general public about the Australian environment
Rosemary Simons, Rosemary Simons Design Pty Ltd

Side Dish or Main : The Leadership Role Of Smaller Cultural Institutions
Maisy Stapleton, Museums And Galleries Foundation of NSW

Propagate or Perish: Partnership, Sustainability and Community Value
Robyn Till, Pioneer Settlement Museum, Vic.

Rights Management for Images: Images - Doing the Right Thing
Ingrid Unger and Edwina Circuitt, Museum Victoria, Vic.

Evolution and Engagement in Education
Heather Whitely, National Gallery Of Victoria, Vic
Robyn Krause-Hale, National Gallery Of Victoria, Vic
Susie May, National Gallery Of Victoria, Vic
Graham Parker, National Gallery Of Victoria, Vic.

Sowing Seeds Across the Boundary - the Future Role of Botanic Gardens 
Sharon Willoughby, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Vic

Basin Bytes: Museums, Photovoice and Natural Resource Management
Joanna Wills, National Gallery Of Victoria, Vic
Dr Ruth Lane National Museum of Australia, Tas.
Damian Lucas , National Gallery Of Victoria, Vic
Professor Frank Vanclay , National Gallery Of Victoria, Vic


Perth WA (25 - 30 May 2003)

Anne Brake 
Tapping In

Denise Cook
Looking to the Indian Ocean: Stories from Near and Far

Barry Craig 

Jo Darbyshire 
The Shame-Faced Crab: Museum and collections in the 21st century

Janey Dolan 
Side By Side: Building Relationships Between Indigenous Australians and Museums

Sarah Edwards 
The Other Side. Getting There Sans Console

Anna Fairclough 
The Internet: Friend or Foe of Heritage Collections

Janelle Hatherly 
The Other Side of Botanic Gardens

Craig McVee, Margaret Robertson and Penny Young 
The Kodja Place - one story many voices

Dr Kit Messham-Muir 
Affect, Interpretation and Technology

Johanna Parker 
Kspace Futureworld - What will you make of it?
An analysis and review of an interactive multimedia history exhibit

Andrew Simpson 
Between a rock and a hard place: Geological collections in the Australian tertiary education system

Dr Peter Stanbury 
Advancing the Standing of Smaller Museums

Andrea Witcomb 
An Introduction to the Conference Themes

Suzette Worden 
Digital Imagery: a creative art


Adelaide SA (18 - 23 March 2002)

Graeme Davison
Museums and National Identity

Mickey Dewar
Sometimes I Feel Like I'm History

Mickey Dewar
Forgotten Fragments: The Story Behind the Object

Zahava Doering
Serving the Nation: Lessons from the Smithsonian

Anna Fairclough
Hidden Voices: Why the omission of stories in cultural institutions is as important as the inclusion

Jawaid Haider
Learning Through Exploration and Play

Steve Hemming
The South Australia Museum's Aboriginal Cultures Gallery: a political, historical and spatial reading?

Maria Victoria T Herrera
Creating Histories and Identities: Issues in Managing Culture

Rita Lazauskas
Myth Making: Centre v's periphery (Big is Better)

Moya McFadzean
From Dictation Test to Detention Centres: Exhibiting Controversy, Past and Present

Jennifer Munday
It can't speak for itself - Performance and Interpretation

Murray Patterson
The Bakery of Poets: New Stories out of Old Buildings

Barbara Piscitelli
How museums grew to love young children

Nina Richwol
Managing a corporate collection - issues in interpretation

Gillian Savage
Get 'em young: Speaking their language or teaching them yours?

Viv Szekeres
Setting the Scene

Cassandra Zervos
Children's Museums: Edu-tainment for Young Learners

Canberra (23-26 April, 2001)

Keynote papers 
Professor Ann Curthoys, Australian National University 
History for the nation, or for the world?

Mark O'Neill, Director, Glasgow Museums and Galleries 
Glasgow City of Culture: beyond the welfare model of cultural provision

Dawn Casey, Director, National Museum of Australia 
Indigenous identities - Australian and international perspectives

Parallel sessions papers 
Chandler, Lisa  
Reawakening the dreamings: the collection and representation of indigenous Australian art at the Queensland Art Gallery.

Clarke, Fiona  
The all purpose Anzac legend

Dewar, Mickey (Dr) 
Am I really here and if I am, who am I? Identity, artefact and the Northern Territory in a national context

Galt-Smith, Brett (Dr)  
The Strehlow Collection - Visions Beyond the Horizon and Protocols in Our Own Backyard

Horder, Jenny  
Medical Milestones, Frontiers and Challenges in the Centenary of Federation: How have medical museums contributed to the enlightenment and understanding of medical advances in the 20th century?

Hyslop, Gabrielle 
Fooling around with the founding fathers

Kerridge, Yolande 
Pushing the boundaries: the place of art in Melbourne Museum

O'Neill, Mark 
Return to Wounded Knee: The Glasgow Experience of Repatriation

Padanyi-Ryan, Julie (Dr)  
Collecting - to what end? Recent trends in some Australian art galleries

Suchy, Sherene 
Developing Leaders for the 21st Century: engaging the hearts of others

Thompson, Bronwyn 
An educational perspective to InfoZone - Melbourne Museum's research centre

Tonkin, Susan  
So what do the people think of their birthday present? Early visitor survey results from the National Museum of Australia

Van Tienan, Ruth  
Museums and volunteers