I visited Hobart last week (29-30 November) to meet with staff from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). TMAG is a combined museum, art gallery and herbarium and has one of the broadest collections of any of the sites contributing to the MME.
I met Joyce Kloosterman, who is TMAG’s Business Services Officer and will be coordinating the compilation of collection level descriptions at TMAG. Joyce introduced me to Ray Thompson, TMAG’s Honorary Curator of Numismatics and Philatelics. Ray who has volunteered since 1989, knows the Numismatics and Philatelics collection like the back of his hand and will be preparing collection level descriptions for the project.
Later in the day I met with Laurence Paine, Manager, Business Operations, and TMAG site-coordinator. We discussed the project and the practicalities of preparing 50 collection descriptions in less than a month. Like many other sites, TMAG’s approach to providing their initial data to the MME will be to gathering together details of collections that have already been described for other purposes. TMAG’s Acquisition Policies, for example, describe many sub-collections for each of the departments contributing to the MME (Fine Art and Decorative Arts, Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Cultures) and would be a useful source of information.
The next morning I presented the project to staff who will be involved in collating collection level descriptions. Andrew Rozefelds, Deputy Director Collections & Research; Vicki Famery, Curatorial Officer (photographic Collection); Clifford Davey Collection Systems Support Officer; Bill Seager Content Manager; Jo Huxley Information Officer along with Joyce and Laurence were all in attendance. Later that day I also had the opportunity to met with TMAG’s director, Bill Bleathman, to discuss the project.
I left for Sydney the following day to meet up with the rest of the MME project team. I arrived just in time to farewell Ingrid and witness what remained of her very decadent fudge-themed send-off. Ingrid has left the Powerhouse Museum for a role at Intersect, NSW’s peak eResearch organisation. She will be supporting universities in NSW with their eResearch and will be the ANDS’ representative for NSW.
Image Credit: Anzac service, Hobart 1935 | Flickr: ABC Archive | CC by-nc 2.0