On Tuesday 22 March, I visited the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin. I’ll admit I was a little unsure about visiting during the wet season but the weather was fine and the sunset spectacular. Nonetheless wet season humidity made air conditioning a welcome technology!
At the Museum, I met with Christine Tarbett-Buckley, Registrar of Collections, who has been instrumental in ensuring that the MAGNT is represented in the MME. Also attending the meeting were Ilka Schacht (Senior Collections Manager, History and Culture); Regis Martin (Image Resource Officer); Joanna Barrkman (Curator, Southeast Asian Art and Material Culture); Christiane Keller (Curator, Aboriginal Art and Material Culture); Merran Sierakowski (Acting Curator, Visual Art and Craft); Michelle Smith (Curator, Territory History), based in Alice Springs and Suzanne Horner (Technical Officer, Natural Sciences).
MAGNT have joined the project at a later stage than other museums and although this means they have a shorter deadline it gives them the advantage of being able to see the MME repository and look at the collection descriptions already submitted. Looking at the project Ilka described it as “just like a library catalogue only for collections for not books”.
During the meeting we spent some time looking at data submitted by other sites, particularly the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery who are of similar size and complexity to MAGNT. Attendees were interested to see the variety of collections already submitted.
MAGNT were exited by the project and keen to get their collections into the MME and make the research community more aware of the extent and variety of intriguing material held “Up North”.
Image credit: Covered jar, ‘Bush Coconut and Orange’, earthenware, made by Christabelle Rose, Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia, 1991, Collection Powerhouse Museum.