13 people participated in the Museums 101 workshop in Liverpool. We had a great two days with lots of learning and conversation. I was especially pleased with the number of "newbies"; volunteers and staff members who had never received museological training, let alone ANSM training. This is encouraging because it means the professional bar is being raised across the province, regardless of the museums' size or structure. We had federal and provincial government sites represented, as well as community museums of all shapes. And while they may have started the workshop thinking their challenges and situations were totally unique, they definitely ended it realizing we're all in the same boat and have strength in numbers.
Next up is Collections Management at Whitney Pier Historical Museum in Sydney on May 10-11th. The workshop is full and has a waiting list, something to keep in mind for future workshops - they fill up fast!
ANSM Board Member & Director of
Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum
If you have not connected with your regional group, I strongly encourage you to do so. These meetings become little think tanks; where people figure out how to work together, prioritize and act on advocacy issues, share successes and challenges, and generally support eachother.
Database Renewal - Website Development
As I mentioned last month, old records are being cleaned up which means the database numbers are going up and down. This means that our overall tally isn't climbing very quickly, but it is great to see people updating the information and preparing for our website launch. Work continues on the design of the site, and this afternoon Anita and I sat down to contemplate logo options (very exciting!). The merging of all the databases is still plugging away, and we now have over 100,000 objects and 30,000 images from 41 sites. Let me tell you, searching across 41 collections from across the province is very cool!
So, the grand totals for this month? 173,212 records and 48,648 images. That's another 87 records and 468 images.
Southwest: 85,734 artifacts, 20,795 images
Central: 35,387 artifacts, 11,266 images
Northeast: 29,717 artifacts, 12,991 images
Cape Breton: 22,374 artifacts, 3,596 images
Congrats to the Southwest region for adding the most records and images!
Moose River Gold Mines Museum
The other major event of the month was a trip to Gatineau for the national conference. I know that very few of our members get to attend the CMA conferences, so always take notes and try to share as much info as possible. So in case you missed them, here are the links to my 4-part series on the conference:
CMA Conference Part 1
CMA Conference Part 2
CMA Conference Part 3
CMA Conference Part 4