Museums Australia (Victoria) offers an annual program of events, workshops, seminars and forums. 

Making Australian History Theatrical

Fri 23 Nov, 9:30 am - 3:45 pm

International Museum Theatre Alliance Asia Pacific presents the Symposium: 


Featuring: Keynote speaker: Robyn Annear.

Robyn Annear is author of five books of history, including Bearbrass and A City Lost & Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne. Her podcast, 'Nothing on TV', present stories from Trove historical newspapers. Currently she is working on a book that will trace the history of all things second-hand.

The Symposium program is as follows:

10.00      Welcome from Martin Green (National Trust of Victoria)

10.05      Keynote: Robyn Annear ‘ Making Australian History Theatrical’ with Q & A

11.15      Morning Tea

11.30      An Amusing Case. Constructing Museum Theatre from Historic Newspapers. Presenters: Jessica Simmonds, Dr Jo Clyne, Patrick Watt. (IMTALAP)

12.15     Making Australian History Theatrical for Secondary and Tertiary Students. Presenters: Peter Wilkins (Come Alive Festival) and Dr David Waldron (Federation University)

1.00       Lunch at venue

1.45       The Great Wife Sale. Presenter: Barry Kay (Sovereign Hill)

2.30       Inside Out: Making Exhibitions Theatrical. Presenter: Rebecca Carland, (Melbourne Museum)

3.15       Q & A:  What are the Challenges of Making Australian Museum Theatre Theatrical? Facilitator Lyn Beasley (IMTALAP)

3.45       Close



Tasma Terrace
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
4 Parliament Place
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Members $55.00
Non-Members $65.00

ENVI Presents: Traveller’s Tales

Wed 28 Nov, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Back by popular demand, ENVI presents The Traveller’s Tales.

Join Rachael Cottle and Kimberley Moulton for a bit of vicarious travel and an insider’s view of museum collections and storytelling. Both of these intrepid travellers are very familiar with the wonders of the back of house of museums. Their talks will be followed by an exclusive viewing of the Mandela, My Life exhibition which provides a fascinating journey through Mandela’s early life, activism, incarceration and then emergence as the first Black president of South Africa. There will be plenty to discuss over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Rachael Cottle works at the Chinese Museum and is a volunteer assistant curator at Museums Victoria. In July 2017 Rachel participated in the Open Palace Programme in England. The programme is an opportunity for emerging museum professionals to spend twenty days travelling around England visiting palaces, museums and heritage sites gaining skills and guidance from experts in the field. During her presentation Rachael will share her travel experiences with a particular focus on education in museums.

Kimberley Moulton is a Yorta Yorta woman writer and curator & currently Senior Curator South Eastern Aboriginal Collections, Museums Victoria. Kimberley is the Museums Victoria co-curator for the world touring exhibition Mandela: My Life, the official exhibition celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. Kimberley and the Museums Victoria team worked closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and producers iEC exhibitions and TEG Live in the development of the exhibition, travelling to South Africa several times in the process.


Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St
Carlton VIC 3053
Members $30.00
Non-members $40.00
Mission to Seafarers digital collage 'Captured' by artist '358'

End of Year Celebration

Tue 04 Dec, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Celebrate the year’s achievements and catch up with colleagues and friends while enjoying a tour of the fascinating Mission to Seafarers building, including the domed gymnasium. You will be welcomed by Sue Dight, Chief Manager, Mission to Seafarers Victoria and entertained with sea shanties performed by Wyndreamas playing tunes that drove the ships in the era of sail. As is tradition, guests have an excellent chance of winning a door prize generously donated by a Victorian museum or gallery. Includes drinks and canapés.


Mission to Seafarers
717 Flinders Street
Members $60.00
Non-members $60.00