MA11: Collecting Culture, 13-15 April 2011

The 2011 Annual Museums Aotearoa Conference (MA11) will be held in Nelson, co-hosted by The Suter Art Gallery and Nelson Provincial Museum. The theme is Collecting Culture - what, why, when, how, where and who?

Followed by a Collections BarCamp hosted by National Services Te Paerangi, 16 April 2011

Collections are at the heart of museums.

  • Why do we collect?
  • Whose collections are they?
  • What is the difference between object and taonga?
  • Are we looking after them properly?
  • Who can access them?
  • Do we have to keep them forever?

MA11 will bring together museum professionals, specialists and private collectors to explore how we look after our collections. Be they art, heritage, natural history, geology, technology, architecture, archives or intangible culture, we all handle, exhibit, interpret and manage collections.

Conference themes include:

  • Māori collections
  • governance and policy issues
  • special collections, eg decorative arts, technology, natural history
  • living/handling collections
  • deaccessioning and disposal

The programme includes a marae pōwhiri and kaitiaki hui, hands-on and specialist workshops, plenary sessions and the annual Museum Awards celebration. Special half-day workshops will be held for decorative arts and governance. You will have the opportunity to visit local collections as well as hear from experts and colleagues, and engage in active debate. And on Saturday 16 April, National Services Te Paerangi will host a BarCamp to take the ideas explored at MA11 from inspiration to perspiration.