Museums Australasia 2016 conference: Bursaries now available

In Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of Auckland Art Gallery, 2014 (still from panoramic video interpretation of 1804 French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique). Photo Credit: Lisa Reihana.

In Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of Auckland Art Gallery, 2014 (still from panoramic video interpretation of 1804 French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique). Photo Credit: Lisa Reihana.

The museum is pleased to be offering up to six conference bursaries for the Museums Australasia 2016 conference Facing the Future: local, global and Pacific possibilities being held from 15-19 May 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. This is the first joint conference of Museums Australia and Museums Aotearoa.

The bursaries cover the full conference registration fee (including conference dinner) only, with successful applicants required to fund their own airfare, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

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Applications for MMAPSS 2016-2017 grants now open

2014 MMAPSS grant recipients Museums Australia mid North Coast Chapter Waterways. The grant funded conservation projects for five smaller museums.

2014 MMAPSS grant recipients Museums Australia mid North Coast Chapter
Waterways.

Applications are now open for the 2016–2017 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPPS), with applications closing on 31 March 2016. Check the website for more details on how to apply.

In recognition that much of Australia’s maritime heritage exists in regional organisations outside the major collecting institutions, the museum is committed to providing outreach support. We are proud to administer this national outreach program, awarding grants annually, of up to $10,000 each, and supporting internships so that regional organisations can continue to care for, conserve, preserve, interpret and display Australia’s maritime heritage.

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2015 maritime history book prize announced

David Stevens with Chief of Navy, VADM Tim Barrett at the book launch of In All Respects Ready in November 2014

Dr David Stevens with Chief of Navy, VADM Tim Barrett, at the book launch of ‘In All Respects Ready’ in November 2014

The judging process for the 2015 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize, sponsored jointly by the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) and the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH), is now complete.

The breadth and outstanding quality of this year’s submissions are a positive reflection of the excellent health of maritime publishing in Australia. We would like to sincerely thank our panel of judges – Peter Ridgway (president of the AAMH), Michael Pearson (emeritus professor of history, University of New South Wales) and Jeffrey Mellefont (Honorary Research Associate of the ANMM and former editor of the museum’s magazine Signals) ­– for willingly undertaking the daunting reading task involved in evaluating our longer than usual ‘short list’!

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$4,000 maritime history book prize – shortlist announced

Every two years, the Australian National Maritime Museum, in association with the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH), presents the Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize. Twenty-five entries were received for the 2015 prize, from which the following have been shortlisted:

  • Dumont D’Urville: Explorer and Polymath by Edward Duyker (Otago University Press)
  • The Reef: A Passionate History by Iain McCalman (Penguin Viking)
  • Arthur Phillip: Sailor, Mercenary, Governor, Spy by Michael Pembroke (Hardie Grant)
  • Voyage to Gallipoli by Peter Plowman (Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd)
  • In All Respects Ready: Australia’s Navy in World War One by David Stevens (Oxford University Press)

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Nominations are open for $5,000 maritime history prizes

Winner of the 2013 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Prize was John Odgen for his two-volume set Saltwater People.

Winner of the 2013 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Prize was John Odgen for his two-volume set Saltwater People.

Every two years, the museum, in association with the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH), jointly sponsors two maritime history prizes totalling $5,000.

Anyone – writers, publishers or readers – can nominate a work for these awards. Nominations close on 30 April 2015.

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