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The Victorian Museums & Galleries Conference is curated to appeal to a broad audience, from large state institutions to small volunteer-run organisations, and brings together the Victorian museum, gallery, heritage, and conservation community, connecting regional and metropolitan volunteers and professionals, and showcasing some of the best museum and gallery practice, community-building projects, and local cultural heritage. It takes place every other year in regional Victoria, alternating with our Forum in Melbourne.

The 2016 edition of the Conference was held in beautiful Phillip Island at the Cowes Cultural Centre on 6-7 October.

Under the central theme of Future-proofing, the Conference considered the challenges facing museums and galleries, and focused on innovative ways to achieve financial, social (succession planning, staff training), and environmental sustainability.

The event included traditional keynotes, interactive discussions, lightning talks, focused parallel sessions, and a discussion panel. Topics covered included: the impact of climate change on museum buildings and collections, developing regional audiences, interpretation and storytelling, and adapting to change.

Our Keynote Speakers were Adam Rozan, Director of Audience Engagement at the Worcester Art Museum (Massachusetts, USA), Dr J Patrick Greene OBE, CEO of Museum Victoria, Jacqui Hemsley, Director of Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and Dr Nurin Veis, Manager of Scienceworks, Museum Victoria.

> View Keynote Speakers' profiles

> Browse the Conference handbook (or view as PDF)


Browse the right-hand side menus for information about the pre-Conference get-together, the Conference Cocktail Dinner, the networking session for students and emerging professionals, and the expo of industry suppliers.


2016 Conference Sponsors and Supporters


Thank you to our 2016 Conference sponsors and supporters: IAS Fine Art Logistics, the Ministry for the Arts, Deakin University, Museums Australia Education, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, Destination Phillip Island, the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, Archival Survival, and Culture Victoria.