People travelled from South Australia, Western Australia, country New South Wales, as well as Canberra, to immerse themselves in the Significance 2.0 approach to assessing collections.
Left: David Jeffery, Barbara Cotter (obscured), Veronica and Rachel McMullan viewing the 'mock' museum collection.
Right: Everyone at work on their statements of significance. Photos courtesy Rachel McMullan.
Wendy Hawkes, a Cultural Development Officer from the Lithgow City Council wrote:
The course was wonderful. Gave me a good handle on not just Significance Assessment, but how to move forward with cataloguing and managing the collection. I also feel much more confident now in making decisions about the collection and being able to explain them to the powers that be. It was also great making the contacts with the others.
Suzanne Ryan, Archives / Records Manager from Adelaide said:
It (the workshop) was of a very high order and provided an excellent introduction and overview of Significance...I was particularly impressed with the quality of instruction and practical guidance given…
Here is a sample of the quality first draft 'statements of significance' prepared for the provided 'mock' museum collection items:
Postcard album SOS [download] by Dr Susan Marsden, found significance mainly through association with an important Australian professional historian, Dr Roslyn Russell. Susan also found potential research and historic significance, pending the results of further investigation.
Set of four coins SOS [download] by Mr David Jeffery, found no significance on available evidence.