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Pre-Conference Tours - South Brisbane

WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST 2015

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M&G QLD presented back-of-house tours with four Queensland institutions based at South Brisbane for Conference delegates as part of the 2015 M&G QLD Conference, including:

  • Queensland Museum
  • State Library of Queensland
  • Queensland Maritime Museum
  • Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

More information for each venue is available below.

Queensland Museum
Behind the Scenes Tour
Address: Cnr Grey and Melbourne Sts, South Brisbane
10 people per group, maximum of 20 people total
Tour length: 30 minutes 
Time: 2pm-3pm 

Queensland Museum was pleased to offer Museums & Galleries Queensland conference delegates an opportunity to undertake a guided tour of the Museum’s Cultural Environments collection spaces. Delegates were guided by Museum curatorial staff through the Museum’s laboratory and storage spaces at the Southbank campus. An overview of the Museum’s key collections (spanning social history, anthropology and archaeology) was provided as well as a summary of current projects. Curators also discussed key collection objects. Finally, the operation of the various storage spaces and collection types was explained.

State Library of Queensland
Behind the Scenes Tour
Address: Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
20 people per group, maximum of 60 people total
Tour length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Time: 1.30pm-3pm

Delegates were offered an opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the State Library of Queensland. The staff of State Library offered a 1.5 hour tour, which included the Level 4 repository where collections are safely stored; the Conservation lab for an insight into treatments, and the custom building of archival enclosures; and the Fox Family Room for a White Gloves encounter with a selection of unique items held in the John Oxley Library.

Queensland Maritime Museum
Insiders Tour
Address: Stanley St, South Brisbane
20 people per group, maximum of 40 people total
Tour length: 1 hour
Time: 3.30pm-4.30pm

Staff of the Queensland Maritime Museum offered a one-hour tour which took delegates behind the scenes to the collection stores and on an ‘insiders’ tour of the historic warship Diamantina and the South Brisbane Dry Dock. The Diamantina is the only survivor of her kind left in the world and the second largest museum object in Australia. The heritage-listed dock is a rare example of an intact dry dock dating from the 19th Century, being completed in 1881.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
GOMA Collection Storage Tour
Address: Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct, South Brisbane
20 people per group, maximum of 40 people total
Tour length: 30 minutes
Time: 3.30pm-4.30pm

The Queensland Art Gallery has been collecting for over 120 years and comprises over 16,500 objects. Nearly one-third of the collection was acquired over the past ten years. The sudden growth may be attributed to the heightened profile of the Gallery following the opening of GOMA, which has led to increased gifts, donations and sponsorship. The appearance of the ‘Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ has also boosted this growth and resulted in major acquisitions by both gift and purchase. With Contemporary art of the Asia Pacific region being the Gallery’s particular collection focus, a large number of natural fibre works have been acquired, requiring a stringent Integrated Pest Management Program. The collection is divided between three storage locations: QAG of 1,600m², GOMA of 1,900m², and an off-site rental facility of 1,000m². QAGOMA Registration staff offered a tour of the GOMA Collection Storage.

 

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122 Gerler Road
Hendra QLD 4011

t: (07) 3059 9740 / Freecall within QLD: 1800 866 101
e: information@magsq.com.au

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