The Victorian Museum Awards 2013 were held on Thursday 8 August at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and officiated by the Hon Heidi Victoria MP, Minister for the Arts.

Museums Australia (Victoria) congratulate the Victorian museum sector on the exceptionally high level of nominations received this year, and are pleased to present the following Award winners:

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

Winner: Andrew Willox, Friends of the RAAF Museum

Andrew has received a special Award for constructing a replica Be2a aircraft, for the upcoming centenary of the Australian Flying Corp and the Central Flying School at what is now RAAF Base Williams, Point Cook.

“The judges were impressed by Andrew’s incredible commitment to the project involved and to the time, energy and resources that he expended to give the museum such a tangible outcome.” said Lindy Burns of ABC Radio, who was also one of the Award judges.

Highly Commended:
Mary Waters, Heide Museum of Modern Art
Pat Zaunbrecher, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence (Paid Staff)

Winner: Diane Gardiner, Old Treasury Building

Diane Gardiner’s extraordinary dedication to the state’s museum & heritage sector was recognised when she won The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence (Paid Staff). This is the highest award an individual can receive within the Victorian museum sector.

“We were overwhelmed by Diane’s dedication and commitment to the sector and her promotion and enjoyment of history which has had a huge impact on the general public of Victoria and all of the museums which she has worked in.” said the Victorian Museum Awards judges.

Highly Commended: Russell Magee, Convergence Associates

TASHCO Systems Award for Volunteer Museums

Winner: Charlton Golden Grains Museum Museum Display Redevelopment

The dedicated team from Charlton Golden Grains Museum have received a special Award for redevelopment of their museum following severe flooding in 2011. Faced with a blank canvas, the museum had the opportunity to start from scratch and redesign the layout of the museum and refine the objects and themes on display.

“This museum was dealt a savage blow and the judges were impressed how it took the disaster as a positive experience, re-energised the museum and revitalised the displays with modern and more thematic displays. The volunteers also reawakened the importance of the museum to its community.” said Lindy Burns of ABC Radio, who was also one of the Award judges.

Highly Commended: Creswick Museum Creswick Floods

Archival Survival Award for Small Museums

Winner: Burrinja Cultural Centre Fashion Meets Fiction: The Darnell Collection Exhibition

The team from Burrinja Cultural Centre have received a special Award for their innovative exhibition Fashion meets Fiction: The Darnell Collection. To celebrate the National Year of Reading in 2012 Burrinja Cultural Centre and Eastern Regional Libraries partnered to bring to the wider region’s community Fashion meets Fiction, an exciting and innovative exhibition concept that brought together the love of popular fiction and its many famous colourful characters with the cultural trend towards high-end fashion, and particularly period pieces, in a quality art-museum context.

“We loved this exhibition. It was delivered with best practice standards which made it such a success. The judges were impressed with the public programs about the exhibition and thought it was a brilliant idea in terms of broadening the scope of the museum’s audience.” said judges of the Victorian Museum Awards 2013.

Highly Commended: The Gallery @ BACC, Bayside City Council Connections Art & Dementia Program

Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums

Winner: Heide Museum of Modern Art Louise Bourgeois in Australia

Louise Bourgeois in Australia comprised two distinct but interrelated exhibitions, which introduced new audiences and generations to the work of an outstanding international artist, displayed significant works never before seen in Australia, and explored Bourgeois's impact on local artists.

“We thought this was an astounding project. It was ambitious but perfectly scaled for their organisation. We applaud the idea of two distinct but interrelated exhibitions and the linkage between the main artist and local artists.” said judges of the Victorian Museum Awards 2013.

Highly Commended:
Koorie Heritage Trust Ganagan (Deep Water): Waterways in Koorie Life and Art
Victoria Police Museum Things of Fire and Ash: Remembering Black Saturday

Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums

Winner: ACMI Game Masters Exhibition

The Game Masters exhibition highlighted and explored the work of creative individuals who have had a significant impact on contemporary digital culture through their work in the field of video games. Videogames have become the world’s biggest entertainment and creative industry and Game Masters is the most ambitious and in-depth exhibition on the subject ever developed.

“We liked the way in which this exhibition reached the young audience that would not usually visit museums and how it showed the historical context of a modern phenomenon. It was also noted that all visitors had such fun with the displays!” said judges of the Victorian Museum Awards 2013.

Highly Commended: Museum Victoria The Art of Science: Remarkable natural history illustrations from Museum Victoria

Victorian Collections Cataloguing Awards


Award for the  most active cataloguers using the Victorian Collections online cataloguing system.

Volunteer Run Organisations Category
Winner: Greensborough & District Historical Society

Organisations with Paid Staff Category
Winner: University of Ballarat Art & Historical Collection

Please contact Raphael Fiorese, Communications Manager, for further details on the Award winners, media releases and high resolution photos.