Anita and Karin reported on the various ANSM activities, from the upcoming conference to the new database system.
The Council of NS Archives reported that it has some new emergency supply kits that can be accessed by members in the event of a disaster. They are located at the NSARM in Halifax, the Beaton Institute in Sydney, and the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives in Yarmouth.
Moose River Gold Mines Museum reported that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the mine disaster, and commemoration activities will take place on April 30th. Mainland South Heritage Society is celebrating 20 years, and will be having a tea on Feb.19th at the community centre. Cole Harbour Heritage Farm has just completed a Community Memories project; the funding allowed them to digitize all of their audio-visual holdings.
Destination Halifax was also in attendance and gave us all an overview of what they can offer to heritage organizations. While their target market is the meeting/convention world, they are always looking for activities and products (including museums) to promote to visitors. Their website gets over 35,000 hits per month, and even if you aren't a member you can submit events and promote your organization. With over 22,000 fans on Facebook, this provides a great venue for advertising upcoming events at the museum, whether it's an exhibit opening or tea social.
After the meeting Jeff Gray took us on a tour to visit Sue the T-Rex. It was great to see all the young families coming into the gallery and hear the kids' reactions - Wow! It's so big! Look at the teeth! This is so cool!
What a great way to introduce kids to the world of museums. The interest is there, and in April we'll be looking at ways to move Beyond the Labels in our interpretation so that we can keep the kids interested in coming back again and again.
|tree under construction|
|looking underground and a new home for the bees|
|exhibit design behind-the-scenes|
The other great thing about meeting at the MNH is that Jeff and Karin got to hang out with a CBC reporter and talk about QR Codes after all the meeting attendees had left. The MNH officially launched their QR Codes on Friday, so this gave an opportunity to garner a bit of press and monitor people's reaction to these funny little square things (according to our stats, so far the code next to Gus the Tortoise is the most popular, surprise surprise). Jeff opted to not post any notices about the QR codes and is taking a "if you know what these are, check them out" approach. So if you go to the Museum of Natural History, be sure to take your smartphone and go hunting for those elusive little black and white squares.
The next meeting has been scheduled for May 13th at Alderney Gate, hosted by the HRM Cultural & Heritage Development team. Stay tuned to the listserv for more info.