Museums aiming for a better show

THOSE visiting Holbrook’s Woolpack Inn Museum can pretend they are on the wrong side of the law when they step inside a court dock for a photograph.

The idea stemmed from the museum taking part in the Museums and Galleries of NSW Standards Program.

The year-long process is designed to assess museum practices and policies against minimum standards developed for public museums and galleries.

Museum secretary Kate Locke said a year of hard work had paid off.

“The program has given us lots of new ideas,” she said.

“Getting our museum ‘out there’ will be our priority now.”

Mrs Locke hopes visitors will also drop in to see an exhibition on the Holbrook bypass.

The museum’s 25 volunteers took advantage of the free and professional advice offered as part of the standards program and developed a plan to refresh and expand its displays.

“The volunteers have all been fantastic and we couldn’t run this museum without them or the caretaker, Bert Ray,” Mrs Locke said.

Another museum, the Holbrook Submarine Museum, has also completed the standards program.

The museum holds the premiere collection of submarine artefacts in Australia.

Honorary curator Roger Cooper said the standards program had armed the museum for the future.

“Our aim is to preserve and display the collection in the best possible way,” he said.

“We have this added knowledge to achieve our aims of running a quality submarine museum.”

The Albury Library Museum was also among 16 museums in the south west region of NSW to obtain national standards certification at a celebration in Deniliquin.

Co-ordinator Bridget Guthrie said the standards process highlighted the volunteer contributions, energy and support for the Library Museum.

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