Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The 2015 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA)

The Museums and Galleries National Awards, or MAGNAs, are held each year during the Museums Australia conference. Three projects I worked on in 2014 were shortlisted in this year's awards and I'm pleased to report that all three had their name announced when the winners were called at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

The State Library of Western Australia's online exhibition Western Australia's Freycinet Collection was the Level 1 Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fitout WINNER! I was virtual curator of the exhibition and was honoured to accept the award with the Foundation's executive director Jane King. The judges' commented that it was A stunning project making a small, fragile collection accessible to all. Good attention to historical detail.

WA trio: Jane King, Andrew Bowman-Bright and Shiona Herbert

The other two shortlisted projects, which I had conceived and managed, were with the Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and both received Highly Commended awards. 

The first was our Australian Curriculum education resources, developed in partnership with Ignite Your Audience, which received Highly Commended in the Level 1 Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement category: Nine beautifully designed and comprehensive curriculum resources targeted for Foundation to Year 6. An exemplar for all local historical society/museums.

The second was our Virtual Volunteering program, which received a Highly Commended in the Level 2 Innovation category. It was described as a Great socially inclusive project which addresses the needs of both the museum and the volunteer.

Many congratulations to the full list of winners, which can be seen on the Museums Australia website.


  1. Congratulations Andrew, Shiona & Jane - well-deserved for the exceptional work you do in WA to make archival information easily accessible and relevant to all

    1. Thank you One-Place Studies! I could very easily say likewise - for all the great promotion of one-place studies around the world.

  2. Congratulations Andrew and Shiona...Hundreds of teachers thank you for your wonderful AC History resources. I enjoyed the virtual museum journey and our several chats along the way...what's next?

    1. Thanks Maree! We have plans to run professional development with teachers from Carnamah and neighbouring districts and have scoped a tenth resources to accompany our newest virtual exhibition on the First World War -