Workshop Abstracts

Dr Robert Mason, Senior Lecturer and HDR Convenor, Griffith University Conducting Oral Histories: Implications and Practicalities for Museums

Dr Jessica Stroja, Jessica Stroja Heritage and Public Relations Consulting Marketing your Museum

Betty Walker, Volunteer Librarian, Redland Museum Rotary Heritage Library Forgotten Lives and New Stories: Local and Family History Approaches

Conducting Oral Histories: Implications and Practicalities for Museums

Museums are more than buildings and objects in collections; they are places at the heart of community histories. Museums can use oral histories to tell diverse stories about our pasts, often by including marginalised voices that might challenge our preconceptions. This workshop explores why small museums might conduct oral histories (and why oral histories are different from ‘interviewing’ people). It focuses on how to conduct oral histories, with top tips from a practicing oral historian about how to get rich and useful information. The workshop provides hands-on opportunities to test different strategies for conducting oral histories, and what might be most appropriate for different museums. It closes with some examples about how to communicate the results of oral histories once they are completed.

Marketing your Museum

One of the biggest questions I am asked by clients is ‘how do we “get our message out there” when we’re a volunteer-run museum and don’t have a big marketing budget?’. While a healthy budget is the dream of every small museum, you don’t always need a mega budget to successfully market your museum! Come to this practical workshop to find out how to market your museum and increase the reach of your organisation’s message. Learn about good quality, freely available tools, when it’s time to allocate a budget to marketing and public relations, and how to leverage existing tourism platforms for your benefit.

Forgotten Lives and New Stories: Local and Family History Approaches

Most museums share the stories of well-known identities and families, be they pioneers and founders such as Louis Hope of Ormiston House and sugar industry fame, or of people and families who have long associations with the museum, district or subject. But what about the stories of their employees, of the residents who were there in the early days of settlement but who left the district 100 years ago, the stories of the ordinary people who seemingly left no trace. This presentation will show you how and where to find the information to start some new stories of forgotten lives.