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2018 Small Museums Conference

When: Friday 26 - Sunday 28 October 2018
Where: Roma Auditorium, Cultural Centre Complex, Cnr Bungil & Quintin St, Roma, QLD
Conference Registration – Early Bird $170 or Standard $180
Conference Dinner – $60
Networking Event – Free
Sunday Bus Tour - $40​

Registrations are now open:

This year’s theme is Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The conference will inspire communities to share and preserve local history from yesterday, today and tomorrow. A blend of plenary sessions and hands-on workshops will stimulate ideas for staff and volunteers to share and put into practice.

Conference Program

Final Conference Program now is available:

The keynote speaker for the conference is Liza Dale-Hallett, Senior Curator, Sustainable Futures, at Museums Victoria. She specialises in the history of rural Victoria, with a particular interest in contemporary issues of sustainability, in particular, the significant contribution of women in agriculture and rural communities. Much of her work has been focused on bridging the gaps between city and country, consumers and producers.

Liza is the lead curator in the national Invisible Farmer project - the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. This project is a creative partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations. It aims to create new histories of rural Australia, and showcase the diverse, innovative and vital contribution of women to agriculture & rural Australia.

Liza will be presenting Museums – Leading from the past to the future and will share her experience as a museum curator and her work in uncovering farm women’s stories for the Invisible Farmer Project. She will talk about the leading role of communities and museums in rewriting Australian rural history and giving greater visibility to women in agriculture.

Small museums across Australia have an important role in documenting our lives and preserving our stories. Liza will talk about a variety of ways museums are able to participate in this national project.
"Making farm women’s stories more visible is not just about the past; it’s essential to our future." – Liza Dale-Hallett.
Find out more about the project at:

A snapshot of the program:

Friday 26 October
Registration commences at 7.30am with the program officially commencing at 8.30am. The first day will include keynote by Liza Dale-Hallett and conclude with a networking event being held at the Surat Cobb & Co Store Museum. All delegates will catch a bus to Surat for the event and will be returned to Roma by 7.30pm.

Saturday 27 October
Begin the day with Roma's Historic Walk and a tour of the windows of St Paul's Anglican Church. Registration commences at 8.45am with the program officially commencing at 9.10am and the conference sessions ending at 4.50pm. The conference dinner will be held in Roma at the Big Rig, from 6.30pm entree will be served while diners experience the Oil Patch Museum, with a sit down dinner being held on the Ring Road at the Big Rig. (*not included in registration fee).

Sunday 28 October
Hop on the bus at 9am in Roma and enjoy the scenery as you travel west to Mitchell. On arrival at Mitchell you will experience the fabulous high tea at the Mitchell Spa. Following this, take a stoll through the Booringa Heritage Museum. The bus will then deliver you to the Yumba Historical Preservation, where you will enjoy lunch before returning to Roma by 2.30pm. (*not included in registration fee).


If you have enquiries, please contact Michelle Blair, Regional Libraries, Arts & Culture Development Coordinator, Maranoa Regional Council on 07 4624 0302 or 1300 007 662 or email

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