2020 Small Museums Conference

Environment, Heritage, Sustainability

Historic Ormiston House is delighted to be hosting the 2020 Small Museums Conference from Friday 28 August to Sunday 30 August inclusive, with a pre-conference seminar on Thursday 27 August!

The conference theme is ‘Environment, Heritage, Sustainability’. In a rapidly changing heritage landscape, the need for museums to be sustainable is increasingly important. Museums are urged to make sustainable choices when considering staffing, finances and environmental decisions. For small museums, these decisions can be in conflict with the needs and expectations of volunteers and reliance on constrained budgets. The conference focusses on the ideas of the ‘environmental museum’ and the ‘sustainable museum’, with a particular focus on the cultural value of museums in our communities. We can’t wait to welcome delegates to this exciting event where they can network with like-minded volunteers and professionals, while discovering how Queensland’s small museums can be established as foremost thinkers in the movement towards historically and environmentally sustainable museums.

This event is supported by Museums and Galleries Queensland, and sponsored by Griffith University. We also acknowledge the ongoing support of the Historic Ormiston House volunteers for this exciting event.

Call for Papers

We warmly invite abstract submissions for the 2020 Small Museums Conference. We welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers on a range of topics that respond to the conference theme, including, but not limited to:

  • Challenges of introducing environmental initiatives in small museums
  • Projects that have challenged existing norms of museum practice
  • Case studies that respond to the conference theme
  • The role of the small museum in the heritage tourism market
  • Approaches towards becoming culturally sustainable
  • Challenges faced by volunteer-run organisations with small budgets

Abstracts of no more than 150 words and a biographical note of 100 words are to be emailed to Dr Jessica Stroja (jessica@jessicastroja.com.au) by 14 April 2020.

For any queries, please feel free to contact Jessica (jessica@jessicastroja.com.au).