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Australia's movable heritage is dispersed amongst communities throughout our country in what has become known as the Distributed National Collection. As part of the National Conservation Strategy, and as a partner organisation of the National Standards Taskforce, the Western Australian Museum extends services to organisations which care for elements of this Distributed National Collection.
Basic information is available to any organisation or individual. Provision of advisory services is delivered predominantly by telephone and electronic means. We also deliver training on specific topics to communities and institutions responsible for permanent collections which operate within the broad definition of a museum as defined by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). This includes assisting collections cared for by organisations such as Local Government, historical societies, Aboriginal cultural organisations and other community groups as well as universities and government agencies.
We offer information and advice on all aspects of the planning, operation and management of museums as community assets. Services are tailored to assist organisations to achieve the principles of best practice as outlined in the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries.
The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries are available online at Collections Australia Network (CAN) http://www.collectionsaustralia.net/sector_info_item/107
A ‘bookshelf’ of resources valuable to those caring for collections was compiled by the Collections Council of Australia in 2010. These resources were provided in digital and hard copy format as a reference tool: http://www.collectionscouncil.com.au/fifth+announcement+23+april+2010.aspx
The Development Service in action
This photo gallery shows the Development Service in action in a workshop in the Kimberley region, teaching some conservation techniques.
Project: Remembering Them
Development Service is currently working on Remembering Them, a project taking place in regional museums across Western Australia to commemorate the First World War. Up to 32 regional museums are working with the Project Group, made up of the WA Museum, Museums Australia WA Branch and the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, to develop exhibitions about the impact of the First World War on their communities.
Please contact Clare-Frances Craig to find out about museum development programs and other activities related to museum standards in Western Australia.
Telephone: 08 9212 3775
Fax: 08 9212 3882