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The Victorian Museum Awards 2012 were held on Thursday 2 August at the State Library of Victoria. We congratulate the Victorian museum sector on the high level of nominations received this year, and are pleased to present the following Award winners:

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence  (Volunteer)

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Winner: Bill Llewellyn, Sovereign Hill

Over the last two decades, a costumed Bill Llewellyn could be seen in the Main Street at Sovereign Hill, talking to visitors and delighting children with his whittling and his woodwork puzzles. As well as being a costumed interpreter and tour guide, Bill’s skills as a fine craftsman have been utilised to model heritage items for the museum’s education programs and he has assisted in restoring items from the Gold Museum collection.

“Bill is a champion in every sense of the word. During his 22 years volunteering he has touched many lives through his total dedication and enthusiasm. Along with his restoration skills and in‐depth knowledge of the history of Ballarat, he has given his life and soul to Sovereign Hill” said Lindy Burns of ABC Radio who presented the Award.

Highly Commended: Carolyn Olive, Charlton Golden Grains Museum

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence (Paid Staff)

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Winner: Liza Dale-Hallett, Museum Victoria

Liza Dale-Hallett was instrumental in collecting the oral histories of the Victorian bushfires in 2009. She undertook the task as part of her role developing the Victorian Bushfire Collection at Museum Victoria, recognising Black Saturday as a pivotal event in Victoria’s history. Over 80 interviews and more than 100 people were consulted across all of the fire affected regions in Victoria.

“Liza performed a very difficult job with enormous compassion and sensitivity. Responding to a disaster like this is the ultimate professional challenge and out of the normal range of expectation for any museum professional. Her job was to go in and collect information and what she did as well was help heal a community” said the Victorian Museum Awards judges.

Highly Commended, Bronwyn Wilson, Kyneton Museum & Dromkeen National Centre for Picture Book Art

The TASHCO Systems Award for Volunteer Run Museums

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Winner: Victorian Jazz Archive
Aiming for the highest standard in all areas of documentation

The Victorian Jazz Archive holds the largest collection of Australian jazz material accessible to the public. The Archive has over 18,000 items catalogued and searchable from their website, including recordings, photographs, posters, instruments, books and magazines documenting Australia’s jazz history.

The Victorian Jazz Archive has over 50 volunteers who in 2011 worked a total of 14,000 hours, and it is this skilled volunteer base that have developed the exemplary procedures, forms and policy documents which are model documents for the state’s Museum Accreditation Program.

Highly Commended: Upper Murray Historical Society - Man from Snowy River Museum
‘The Upper Murray remembers the war’

The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums (2-7 Paid Staff)

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Winner: Shepparton Art Museum
Shepparton Art Museum Redevelopment and Rebranding

The museum redevelopment was designed to meet the highest museum industry standards and included new exhibition spaces, collection stores, a climate control system, a museum shop, and an expanded public programs area including a built‐in kiln for onsite ceramic firing. The museum also installed LED track lighting, and it is understood that SAM is the first Australian gallery to commit totally to LED lighting technology.

“The museum has done an outstanding job in terms of what they have achieved in the whole
package of reinventing themselves and the leap forward has been extraordinary in just one year. They have a strong presence and interact well with the local community and are punching above their weight with great shows by remarkable artists. Since the redevelopment and rebranding the museum is looking very innovative and very exciting”, said the Victorian Museum Awards judges.

Highly Commended: Nillumbik Shire Council
‘Symbols of Loss and Recovery

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Medium Museums  (8-50 Paid Staff)

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Winner: Shrine of Remembrance
‘Indigenous Australians at War’ Travelling Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates the courage, tenacity and resourcefulness of Indigenous Australians in the armed forces. The exhibition uncovers the individual and family stories of service and sacrifice of the First Australians. Throughout the two year tour of regional Victoria, local Indigenous people will be encouraged to share their personal histories with the wider community.

“This is a fine exhibition. It was a brilliant idea filled with so many moving stories that hadn’t been told before. Touring the exhibition to venues and locations where shows don’t normally go gave it maximum impact to both indigenous and non‐indigenous audiences”, said the Victorian Museum Award judges.

Highly Commended: National Wool Museum
‘Hidden Treasures’ Exhibition

The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Large Museums (51+ Paid Staff)

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Winner: Immigration Museum
‘Identity: yours, mine, ours’ Exhibition

Engaging personal stories, intriguing objects, compelling images and interactive multimedia
experiences invite visitors to find connections with others, as well as challenge the assumptions we make about each other every day. Visitors are encouraged to share their stories, affirm their identities and celebrate diversity in our community. The exhibition aims to champion cultural diversity in all its complexity, challenging racist attitudes and promoting positive social change.

“This exhibition stems from a brilliant idea and ends with perfect execution. It portrays the core of the museums being and so many people have learnt so much from this exhibition. The public programs held in conjunction with this exhibition have had far reaching community involvement and meaning – it really is the perfect exhibition”, said the Victorian Museum Award judges.

Highly Commended
State Library of Victoria
‘Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond’

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