Museums recognised in Victorian Museum Awards

Published on 31 August 2018

Staff and volunteers at two of Indigo Shire’s museums have been recognised at the 2018 Victorian Museum Awards last night.

The Victorian Museum Awards celebrate the achievements of the Victorian museum and gallery sector. 

Linda Peacock, Collections Manager at The Robert O’Hara Burke Museum, received the Award for Excellence for her work involving people and communities. 

The Stanley Athenaeum received The Archival Survival Award for Volunteer-Run Museums for their Hearts of Gold – Minds of Mettle exhibition. The exhibition told the stories of 60 extraordinary nineteenth century Stanley women.

Indigo Shire Mayor Councillor Jenny O'Connor said the awards recognise the passion and commitment that goes into running Indigo Shire’s museums and galleries.

“Congratulations to Linda and the Friends of the Stanley Athenaeum for these prestigious awards. We are proud of the organisations and individuals who work hard to give us a glimpse into our region’s fascinating history,” Cr O’Connor said.

“Linda’s work on the Burke Museum’s repatriation project has been ground-breaking. She has built strong relationships between the Burke and numerous traditional owner groups, experts and government departments, and these relationships have built the platform for the project’s success. She has led the way in showing how regional museums can work with Aboriginal groups to begin to redress some of the unethical practices of the past.”

“The Friends of the Stanley Athenaeum play an important role in developing the Athenaeum and its collection for both Stanley and the wider community. They were recognised for their work in uncovering the little known stories of Stanley's women of the 19th century with the Hearts of Gold – Minds of Mettle exhibition,” said Cr O’Connor.

The Burke Museum is one of Australia’s oldest museums.  It is home to significant collections from the 1800s, giving visitors a unique perspective on Beechworth’s place in Australian History.

Originally a lending library, the Stanley Athenaeum now houses a collection of historic books, the Geoff Craig Local History collection and community archives that are available for reading and research.