INDIVIDUALS: VOLUNTEER STAFF
FINALIST: Iris Skinner, The House of Fashion Curator, Fassifern Historical Society, Templin Historical Museum
Iris has made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of local history, specialising in textiles, for over 25 years for the Fassifern Historical Society, Templin Museum, the Scenic Rim and Queensland. She contributes to the museum sector through supporting and mentoring fellow museum volunteers; being an active member of the Common Threads embroidery guild; being the museum’s representative for the Scenic Rim Historical Network; and as an educator throughout the museum network in south-east Queensland.
As Curator of The House of Fashion, which is gaining national and international recognition, Iris regularly attends workshops to expand her own knowledge and skills, and willingly shares this knowledge not only with the Society’s members and volunteers but also with the visitors of the museum. She recognises that the museum is communal space for friendship, support, mental health and general wellbeing by an ever-growing community of old and new members of varying backgrounds and ages from the surrounding community.
Cr Rick Baberowski, Sunshine Coast Council with Iris Skinner, Fassifern & District Historical Society, Templin Museum – Finalist of Individuals: Volunteer Staff category. Photograph by Krista Eppelstun, courtesy of Museums & Galleries Queensland.