Arts and Culture Update
Exhibitions at the Burke Museum
The Burke Museum’s most recent exhibition, William’s War launched in November 2018. William’s War was designed to commemorate 100 years since the armistice that ended the First World War. Beechworth local William Forrest took a camera with him to the battlefields of France, and the exhibition features his photographs alongside artefacts from his wartime experience. It is currently on display at the Burke Museum in Beechworth and will run until February 2019.
Contact the Burke on 03 5728 8067 for more information.
Cultural Heritage Skills Sessions
The Burke Museum team hosted the first of a series of shire-wide Cultural Heritage Skills Sessions in December. These sessions are designed to bring together groups and organisations from across Indigo who care for cultural collections and sites. Each session will feature guest speakers who will provide training and advice in topics such as collection digitisation, oral history recording and heritage exhibitions. The program also launched alongside a heritage equipment loan scheme, in which the Burke Museum will lend cameras, scanners and digital recording devices to heritage groups to help them digitise their collections and record oral histories. Stanley Athenaeum and Rutherglen RSL are the first to borrow the equipment, and we look forward to seeing their outcomes. For more information on the loan scheme contact the Burke Museum.
Six months into the Beechworth Historic Precinct’s new Beechworth Heritage Pass ticketing system and we continue to exceed income targets through strong visitation. In the first six months of tracking visitor data through our new digital bookings system, we have had 11,813 visitors. This visitation is split equally between regular visitors and group and education bookings.
Burke Museum and Historic Precinct Website
Work is underway to upgrade the Burke Museum and Historic Precinct website. Data is being transferred to the new site, and new images are being sourced and taken to showcase the best elements of Beechworth heritage and collections. This project goes hand in hand with the launch of our new online bookings portal, which allows us to take online sales for tickets and events and effectively track visitor data.
Burke Museum and Cultural Heritage Recruitment
In line with Council’s increased focus on Cultural Heritage, the Burke Museum and Cultural Heritage team are seeking a new, full time Collections Manager and a full time Experience Curator. The Collections Manager will care for and digitise our collections, and ensure that we maintain our role as custodians of Indigo’s heritage. The Experience Curator is an exciting new role delivering and increasing cultural events, public programs, exhibitions and cultural tourism experiences, utilising the shire’s heritage resources. This new team will allow us to deliver a more vibrant series of offerings to drive visitation and to better serve the needs of the entire shire. More information including a recruitment kit can be found here.