INSITE / February - April 2016 / Kids

The February April 2016 Kids issue of INSITE looks at a variety of programs directed at young visitors.

Cover: Our cover is of students participating in the Respect Me courtroom drama in the Magistrates Court at the Old Melbourne Gaol. The National Trust of Victoria in partnership with the Gippsland Legal Service develop and run participatory programs in Heritage sites for school students. Photo: National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Eliza Devlin (page 2)
Experiencing Contemporary Art at ACCA

ACCA’s education program was developed to engage students with the creative practices and challenging ideas of artists. Eliza Devlin explains how the TALK THINK MAKE program gets students across the threshold of contemporary art to appreciate new concepts. 

Christine Healey (page 3)
Critical Thinking in the History Museum

We asked museum educator, Christine Healey about the different approaches for education programs presented for younger visitors in contemporary art and history museums. For information on Visible Thinking Routines see:
For information on Visual Thinking Strategies see:
For more information about Art Museum Teaching see:

Imogen Good (page 4)
Student Projects for the Community

The McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery utilises its extensive grounds for student programs that contribute to community engagement activities. Imogen Good takes us through some of the ideas and partnerships that have strengthened their student programs.

Martin Green (page 5)
The Respect Me Court Room Drama

The National Trust provides legal education to 30,000 students annually at the Old Melbourne Gaol. They run tours and a program of mock trials where students play all the roles inside the Old Magistrates Court. The court room trials are a National Trust (Victoria) approach to immersive experiences including role-playing.

Jo Clyne (page 6)
Heritage at Your Touch: flipping the student experience

Heritage at Your Touch assists students and teachers to access collection information using a virtual experience that has increased visitation to heritage sites.

Kate Phillips & Alexandra Price (page 7)
Redeveloping the Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum

In designing the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum, the project team has drawn on the experience of a range of professionals to create a multi-sensory play environment. Kate Phillips and Alexandra Price explain how input from many people has been integral to the process.

Miriam Troon (Page 9)
Australian Aboriginal Collections in Swedish Museums

An unknown number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects are kept in museum collections around the world. In June 2015 Miriam Troon returned to Sweden to research inventories and raise awareness about the significance of these items to community groups in Australia.

Cameron Auty (page 10)
Victorian Collections Stories

Victorian Collections is a centralised catalogue that showcases cultural artefacts held by hundreds of organisations distributed across Victoria. Cameron Auty brings us up to date with the addition of the curated Victorian Collections Stories function and other technical improvements.

Elizabeth Marsden (page 11)
Implementing the Green Museum Accord

The Sovereign Hill Museums Association is the first Australian museum to sign the Green Museums Accord founded by the Californian Association of Museums. Elizabeth Marsden explains the sustainable practices that have been implemented before and after the Accord.
The Green Museum Accord:

Roving Curator 2016 Recipients
The Roving Curator Program is an initiative by Museums Australia (Victoria) to help small museums and galleries develop dynamic exhibitions. The program’s Roving Curator works with successful applicants on exhibition-related projects with several days on-site assistance, follow-up advice and promotion. The Exhibitions Advisory sub-committee has selected four recipients for the 2016 Roving Curator program.

Apps & Online
This INSITE column lists some links to websites or apps relating to collections or museum practice. It is compiled for INSITE by the Digital and Emerging Technologies team at Museum Victoria. The items mentioned are information listings and have not been tested or reviewed by the authors or MA (Vic).

iShoU is an interactive survey app for use in museums and exhibition spaces.

Tromaramix app - National Gallery of Victoria
This app allows users to create their own stop motion animation film.

Art Sets - Art Gallery of NSW
Use Art Sets to create your own gallery – for yourself or to share.

Patrum app – Vatican Museums
Patrum brings you the insider’s look for all things Vatican Museums.

ASK Brooklyn Museum app – A peek behind the scenes
This app lets visitors ask questions of staff during their visit to the Brooklyn Museum.

Changing Museums by Janet Carding
In this article, Janet Carding says, “In a perpetual beta world, museums must re-assess how they plan and manage change.”


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AMaGA Victoria respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, the Woi Wurrung people and honour their Ancestors, Elders and next generations of community. AMaGA Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the Elders of all the Nations of Victoria, past, present and emerging.