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Museums Seminar at City of Latrobe
October 13th, 2001 - How do you start to manage a heritage collection?

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The "heritage" side of the Walhalla Heritage and Development League encompasses an extensive collection of Walhalla memorabilia and documentation over which we have custody on behalf of the wider community, and also of course on behalf of generations to come. Lately we've become concerned about the tremendous responsibility that this represents, and have begun to investigate the most appropriate way to proceed towards providing a permanent home for this collection, a task soon to be considerably eased by the forthcoming refurbishment of the already beautifully-restored Walhalla Post Office.

On Saturday, October 13th, our Secretary, Margot Zeggelink, and I were among a group of 15 or so representatives of regional Gippsland historical and heritage societies who attended a seminar on museum collection management. The seminar, held in the Latrobe Civic Centre in Traralgon, was jointly organised by Museums Victoria and Latrobe City (to whom we extend our grateful thanks). And while we're on the subject, if you're in the neighbourhood, you could do lots worse than to drop in on the extremely evocative display of migrant reminiscences to which the Civic Centre is currently playing host.

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This photo, taken during the lunch break, shows (from left to right) our Secretary, Margot Zeggelink, discussing some of the finer points of beginning a collection with Anna Long, Manager of Training and Development, from Museums Australia, and Elizabeth Triarico, Collection Manager from the National Wool Museum in Geelong, who together provided us with immensely valuable advice, and a "how-to" starter kit to take away from the event.

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