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Museums Australia Western Australia (MAWA) is the Western Australian branch of Museums Australia. MAWA provides professional services to develop and sustain museum and gallery throughout Western Australia. We work with over 400 museums and public galleries in Western Australia who aspire to the National Standards for Museums and Galleries in Australia.

Engaging your Community – New Times, New Strategies State Conference 2016

The 2016 Museums Australia WA State Conference was held at the Perth Cultural Centre on the 12-14 October.

Thank you to all the delegates, speakers and volunteers for making the conference a highly engaging and vibrant event!

The program combined International keynote speakers from the US and UK,  and a diverse range of 50 speakers engaging us in interactive panel discussions, "mind blowing" museum experiences, raising profiles, using space creatively and wonderful tours around historic Guildford and Fremantle.

A Welcome Cocktail Reception was held on 12 Oct at the State Theatre of WA with a special performance from the students of WAPPA and the Conference Dinner  on 13 Oct at the Dragon Palace in Northbridge, featuring Stella Huang playing the Chinese Dulcimer and Edward Chin showcasing the history and art of Chinese Calligraphy backed by a slideshow of Perth's chines Heritage. Optional excursions to Guildford and Fremantle were thoroughly enjoyed and expertly organised by the City of Swan and the City of Fremantle.

The overwhelming response from the delegates was that the MAWA Conference was the best and most engaging conference to date!

We are very excited to have the conference contribute to keeping the energy and enthusiasm in the Museum and Gallery sector alive.

A special thank you to our supporters: Lotterywest, the State Library of Western Australia, the Department of Culture and the Arts and the Western Australian Museum

Follow us on www.facebook.com/MuseumsAustWA and see the conference Twitter conversations on #MAWA16

Radio Interview "History in The Future: How Museums Need to Adapt" on RN Breakfast

"I came away from the Conference full of enthusiasm as to what we can do with regard to establishing a museum at Gloucester Park and ensuring that our heritage is both preserved and displayed properly at a premises that the Heritage Council of Western Australia already has included on its Register of Heritage Places"
Alan Parker from Harness Historian and Pedigrees
"I left with the determination to acquire a Significance Assessment, before beginning to share our superlative collection with a larger community, both virtually and mainstream."
Gaynor Ashford from the Embroiderers' Guild of WA


Museums Australia (WA)
Executive Officer
PO Box 224
Northbridge WA 6865

Executive Officer, Robert Mitchell (08) 9431 8461
Administration Officer, Nina Frichot (08) 9431 8462

Offices located at:
A Shed, WA Maritime Museum
Peter Hughes Drive, Victoria Quay, Fremantle


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