Museum winner

Patrick Watt

Patrick Watt

THE manager of Beechworth’s Burke Museum has won an individual award for increasing visitor numbers 32 per cent in one year.

Patrick Watt took home the Victorian Museum Award in Melbourne last night.

Mr Watt described the Beechworth facility as a “museum of a museum”.

It has a collection of stuffed animals from a time when curators were trying to explain Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory to the public.

Earlier this year, Mr Watt travelled to Naracoorte to receive a knife linked to explorer Robert O’Hara Burke’s fatal expedition.

In April, the museum took possession of Burke’s very own pistol, shipping it all the way from Dublin.