Despite being mainly ‘chained to our desks’ doing web work, Amanda and Pauline have found time to visit some of you over the last three months. In December we drove to the Barossa Valley to give advice to the Angaston & Penrice Historical Society who wanted to know more about the CMP registration process. The group look after the fascinating Doddridge’s Blacksmith Shop Museum; and the Old Union Chapel, built in 1844 and the oldest public building in the Barossa.
February saw us heading down the Fleurieu Peninsula to visit Yankalilla & District Historical Museum which is a registered member of the CMP network. It was good to see the brand new Yankalilla Bay Visitors’ Information Centre which was completed last year at the entrance to the museum and to learn of the positive effect on their visitor numbers. We discussed the group’s current display project for which they received a 2010-11 CMP grant– an upgrade of their sheep and wool exhibit as well as their outside display of early cultivation equipment.
Nearer to home, we made site visits to both the Embroiderers’ Guild Museum in Mile End and the Unley Museum as the final stages in their Re-Accreditation process. We congratulate them on both passing with flying colours!
Amanda visited the SA Police Museum at Thebarton to see their excellent storage facilities, partly funded through CMP and to chat about moving towards accreditation. She also headed out north to lead discussions at the Dublin Historical Society about managing their collections.
But it’s not only museums to which we give advice. Pauline visited the Hawthorn Bowling Club recently to help them with their archive. The group are collecting information for a book to celebrate their 2012 centenary and also needed advice on storage, cataloguing, digitisation, funding and the whys and wherefores of handing over their collection to the State Library.