Victorian Museum Award Winners 2011


The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence (Volunteer)

Dr Sharron Dickman

Sharron has shared her industry knowledge through numerous seminars, training programs,
conferences, and workshops on areas relating to museum practice, business planning, arts
marketing and promotion, volunteer management and succession planning. She has worked with
groups such as Heritage Victoria, Public Records Office, Friends of the Baillieu Library, Victorian Tourism Industry Committee, Country Women’s Association, various Rotary and Probus Clubs, Central Highlands Historical Society, Public Galleries Association of Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Bacchus Marsh Blacksmith’s Cottage and Forge and Cultural Tourism Industry Group.  
The Judges congratulated Sharron and said her “contributions have spanned paid roles as well as her work in a  volunteer capacity at Bacchus Marsh, Blacksmith’s Cottage and Forge committee and Cultural Tourism Victoria (formerly the Cultural Tourism Industry Group) for over 30 years, supporting both these organisations and the wider community”.


The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence (Paid Staff)
Linda Peacock, Collection Manager, BURKE MUSEUM

Linda has managed many changes over her ten years working in the Burke Museum and her
integrity and dedication have preserves the significance of the Burke Museum and its collection. This has allowed the museum to become a major and well respected organisation within the Victorian museum sector. Her work on the development and exhibition of the R.E. Johns Aboriginal Collection over the last year is an example of her passion for conserving and sharing the Burke collection.
The Judges congratulated Linda and said her “sheer energy is staggering and she has made a
great positive influence on the sector.  She has a broad ranging pursuit of professional standards
in the region focusing on the Burke Museum and has contributed significantly in working with local government and consulting traditional owners and following protocols.”


The TASHCO Systems Award for Volunteer Run Museums

The Ned Kelly Fact and Fiction travelling banner exhibition includes The Making of Joe Byrne's Armour video, supported by our replica of Joe Byrne's armour and original costume from the movie Ned Kelly  (Mick Jagger) loaned from the Victorian Police History Unit. Publicity, advertising, marketing, transport, exhibition, interpretation, and security policies have been utilised and best practice exercised by volunteers in handling and displaying all loaned items.
Bridal Beauty from 1843 is an exhibition of 20 wedding gowns (1843-1983) chosen to reflect era, style and exquisite detail. Accompanying the display is a ‘parents of the bride’ tableau vivant and the patriotic golden/yellow ensemble worn by Tammie Fraser to the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Many gowns shown have a local connection so families of brides/donors have shared knowledge of their heritage, and the social mores of each era.
Liaison with the Benalla Railway Station Manager has resulted in a V/Line partnership to create a Heritage Wall in the newly refurbished Station Waiting Room. This trial project is being used as a model in Victoria. Benalla Visitor Information Centre and Benalla Rural City Council have also been involved and have provided a community notice board and brochure display.

The Judges congratulated the museum and said "This organisation has been heavily engaged in MA (Vic) activities over the years and proactively applied advice from MA (Vic) and Arts Victoria to develop a strong statement of purpose and allocate monies towards conservation activities.  Their clever work to make best use of resources include partnering with VLine and other museums to combine their own iconic collection items, objects on loan, and pull up banners to produce lively exhibitions."

Highly Commended
Kiewa Valley Historical Society
, Kiewa Valley Heritage Trail Project


The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums (2-7 Paid Staff)

The Museo Italiano team is committed to realising a well-balanced public program of exhibitions and events, which is both culturally outstanding and vibrant in its community appeal. Programs delivered since the launch of Museo Italinao have included Espresso Classics, a temporary exhibition of 15 espresso coffee machines from the 1910s - 1960s, film screenings, workshops and events, onferences and book launches and community events and visits to the Museo Italinao.

The Judges congratulated the museum and said “Like a museum without walls, we love the way
Museo Italiano has tapped into local communities and partnerships and reinvented itself. This is a fine example of how a museum appeals as an authentic experience for both local [Italian] and
broader community, with conferences, exhibitions, oral histories. This museum celebrates a
specific and distinct part of Melbourne’s history as well as contemporary life as a living museum.”

Highly Commended
PROV Exhibition – West Gate Bridge Collapse: 40 Years On


The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums (8-50 Paid Staff)


The development of the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum and its programs has significantly
strengthened alliances with Council, community groups and the local area and has contributed to building a positive cultural identity within the community. The new museum provides better access to exhibitions, events, programs and cultural heritage and serves as an effective interface between the urban and rural environments in the shire.  
The Judges congratulated the museum and said “This large development has been a huge
commitment by the local government authority and a particularly energetic ‘mover/shaker’ who has professionalised the museum into a community hub and support network.  We were very
impressed with the degree of local support, and raising of over $500,000 from the local community, which is a huge achievement and shows a real connection to the area.”

Highly Commended
Smart Auslan – translating museum audio tours into Auslan sign language and captions


The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums (51+ Paid Staff)


The Friends of Sovereign Hill (FOSH) is one of the most unique volunteer programs Australia wide. Dressed in costume, volunteers undertake a large range of interpretive activities within the museum.

Visitors are immersed into the experience through the support of volunteers which is vital in
providing an insight into the heritage trades practiced around the museum. FOSH members play a significant role in supporting school programs run by the Sovereign Hill Education Officers and the Sovereign Hill Costumed Schools Program, and the unique personal interactions that makes the Sovereign Hill experience special.
The Judges congratulated FOSH and said “This much loved educational and entertainment facility has plenty to acknowledge with this Award, as a living history museum working closely with the community to tell its stories. The judges commended the thought put into effectively managing a large number of volunteers and paid staff, and extensive training in areas ranging from gardening to apothecary studies to horse management.”  

Highly Commended
600 Million Years: Victoria Evolves exhibition, website and education programs.

The Herald Sun’s People’s Choice Award for Best Museum Experience


Deakin University Roslyn Lawry Award for Excellence in Museum Studies

Luke James BA, LLB(Hons) (Melb), MCultHeritage (Deakin)