Sep 27, 2021

2021 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards Winners Announced

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The 2021 Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards online presentation was held on Tuesday 5 October by AMaGA Victoria. The night was hosted by Patrick Watt, and included a special address by Danny Pearson MP, Minister for Creative Industries

The Awards, now in their 28th year, are conducted annually to highlight outstanding achievements in the Victorian museum, gallery, and collecting sector. This special event raises awareness of museums and galleries as effective vehicles for engagement with ideas and communities, rewards and encourages best practice by individuals and organisations, and recognises the value of museums and galleries within the community.


Winner AMaGA Victoria Award for Excellence (volunteer)
Judith Kershaw, Port Fairy Museum and Archives
Highly commended: Dr Ian Buckland, Beleura House and Garden


AMaGA Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael Aitken, Cyril Kett Optometry Museum


Martin Hallett Award for individual contribution to community heritage
Clare Gervasoni, Ballarat Heritage Services and Federation University


The Archival Survival Award for volunteer-run museums/galleries (up to 1 EFT paid staff)
Her Place Women's Museum Australia for Unmasked
Highly commended: The Australian Queer Archives, ‘A History of LGBTIQ+ Victoria in 100 Places & Objects' project and website


The Archival Survival Award for small museums/galleries (2-7 paid staff)
Warrnambool Art Gallery for the WAG Maar Nation Gallery and Aboriginal-led Legacy Initiative
Highly commended: The Beechworth Burke Museum, The Burke Museum Online Cataloguing Program (BMOCP)


The AMaGA Victoria Award for medium museums/galleries (8-50 Paid Staff)
National Wool Museum for On the Land: Our Story Retold
Highly commended: Grimwade Conservation Services, the University of Melbourne, CostumeLAB - Conservation in Action HC and Geelong Gallery, Rone in Geelong exhibition design


The AMaGA Victoria Award for large museums/galleries (50+ Paid Staff)
ACMI for The Story of the Moving Image, ACMI's new free, centrepiece exhibition
Highly commended: State Library Victoria, The Rural and Regional Photography Commission


Roslyn Lawry Award for excellence in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies 
Winner:  Isabelle Meister


Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in museum cataloguing
(volunteer-run organisations)
Winner: Kew Historical Society
Highly Commended: Camberwell Historical Society


Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in museum cataloguing
(organisations with paid staff)
Winner: The Beechworth Burke Museum
Highly Commended: Churchill Island Heritage Farm


Victorian Collections Award for war heritage collections
Winner: Melbourne Legacy
Highly Commended: 8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection


Victorian Collections Award for gallery and civic art collection
Winner: Wangaratta Art Gallery
Highly Commended: Bass Coast Shire Council Robert Smith Collection


Newly Accredited MAP Museums
Charlton Golden Grains Museum
Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum


> Read full Media Release 

> Go to the Award Winners 2021 page

Image: Charmaine Clarke, Songs of the Bones (still), 2021; What do you see when you see me? (still), 2021. Filmed and edited by Tiny Empire Collective. Animation by Lee Arkapaw. Commissioned for Poyeempa WAG, 2021.