• heritage

30 August 2018

The 2018 Victorian Museum Awards were presented last night by Museums Australia (Victoria), the peak body for 1,000+ museums and collecting organisations.

Grandmothers, Multicultural Museums Victoria (2018)

Grandmothers, Multicultural Museums Victoria (2018)

Among the notable achievements, Multicultural Museums Victoria has received The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff) for their excellent ‘Grandmothers’ Project.

The Grandmothers exhibition project was developed as the inaugural project for the newly formed Multicultural Museums Victoria (MMV). Over a period of eight months curators and staff from the five museums collaborated on programs and approaches to each of the Grandmother exhibitions that included shared events across music, storytelling and a cook-off, that celebrated cultural differences and shared values.

Multicultural Museums Victoria is a unique cross-cultural alliance between the Chinese Museum, Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano, Hellenic Museum, Islamic Museum of Australia and the Jewish Museum of Australia. The alliance has increased the five museum’s visibility and audiences and has demonstrated the capacity of the different ethno-specific museums to work together creatively to achieve shared goals.

A number of Victorian museums were recognised for completing the gold-standard Museum Accreditation Program this year: the Friends of Westgarthtown: Ziebell’s Farmhouse, the National Wool Museum, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, and the Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Read a full list of winners below.

Visit Museums Australia (Victoria) for details

2018 Victorian Museum Awards Winners

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Awards for Excellence

  • Christine Grayden, Phillip Island Nature Parks for Lifetime Achievement (Paid)
  • Linda Peacock, Robert O’Hara Burke Museum, for involving people and communities (Paid)
  • Tanja Johnston, Australian National Veterans Arts Museum, for involving people and communities (Volunteer)

The Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums (up to 1 EFT paid staff)
Stanley Athenaeum, for their exhibition Hearts of Gold Minds of Mettle exhibition

The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums (2-7 Paid Staff)
Duldig Studio, for their Reaching Out to Our Communities – expanding public programs at Duldig Studio

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff)
Multicultural Museums Victoria for their collaborative ‘Grandmothers’ project

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums (51+ Paid Staff)
ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) for their Wonderland exhibition

Victorian Collections Awards (x 3) for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing
Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum Uniting Church Archives – Synod of Victoria Melbourne Legacy