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2018 Small Museums Conference

When: Friday 26 - Sunday 28 October 2018
Where: Roma Auditorium, Cultural Centre Complex, Cnr Bungil & Quintin St, Roma, QLD

This year’s theme was Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The conference inspired communities to share and preserve local history from yesterday, today and tomorrow. A blend of plenary sessions and hands-on workshops stimulated ideas for staff and volunteers to share and put into practice.


Conference Program

Final Conference Program:

The keynote speaker for the conference was Liza Dale-Hallett, Senior Curator, Sustainable Futures, at Museums Victoria. She specialises in the history of rural Victoria, with a particular interest in contemporary issues of sustainability, in particular, the significant contribution of women in agriculture and rural communities. Much of her work has been focused on bridging the gaps between city and country, consumers and producers.

Liza is the lead curator in the national Invisible Farmer project - the largest ever study of Australian women on the land. This project is a creative partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations. It aims to create new histories of rural Australia, and showcase the diverse, innovative and vital contribution of women to agriculture & rural Australia.

Liza presented Museums – Leading from the past to the future and shared her experience as a museum curator and her work in uncovering farm women’s stories for the Invisible Farmer Project. She talked about the leading role of communities and museums in rewriting Australian rural history and giving greater visibility to women in agriculture.

Small museums across Australia have an important role in documenting our lives and preserving our stories. Liza will talk about a variety of ways museums are able to participate in this national project.
"Making farm women’s stories more visible is not just about the past; it’s essential to our future." – Liza Dale-Hallett.
Find out more about the project at:

A snapshot of the program:

Friday 26 October
Registration commenced at 7.30am with the program officially commencing at 8.30am. The first day included keynote by Liza Dale-Hallett and concluded with a networking event being held at the Surat Cobb & Co Store Museum.

Saturday 27 October
Delegates began the day with Roma's Historic Walk and a tour of the windows of St Paul's Anglican Church. Registration commenced at 8.45am with the program officially commencing at 9.10am and the conference sessions ended at 4.50pm. The conference dinner was held in Roma at the Big Rig. From 6.30pm entrees were served while diners experienced the Oil Patch Museum, with a sit down dinner held on the Ring Road at the Big Rig.

Sunday 28 October
Delegated hopped on the bus at 9am in Roma and enjoyed the scenery as they travelled west to Mitchell. On arrival at Mitchell they experienced the fabulous high tea at the Mitchell Spa. Following this, they took a stoll through the Booringa Heritage Museum. The bus then delivered them to the Yumba Historical Preservation, where they enjoyed lunch before returning to Roma by 2.30pm.


The Conference was organised by the Regional Libraries, Arts & Culture Development Coordinator at Maranoa Regional Council.
Contact: 07 4624 0302 or 1300 007 662


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