With renovated facilities and improved access to the collection, the Gold Museum is heading into another golden age. The updated website, with the Gold Museum’s entire 65,000 item collection, went live in August 2013. Since the launch visitor numbers have significantly increased, averaging over 200 hits per day. The best day saw 1358 hits. Also, through eHive (Vernon System’s hosted museum software) the Gold Museum’s published objects are automatically included in Trove, National Library of Australia’s online archive, expanding the
Pili Foss Mitchell, Interaction Consortium With extensive collections, busy events schedules and a focus on exceptional visitor experience, museums and galleries have a lot of moving parts to manage. The fact that these parts are usually handled by different software can further complicate matters, significantly monopolising staff time and resources. Choosing technology that is built to integrate with other systems is often the solution to keep museum technology united and harmonious.
Deakin University’s Art Collection has been in existence since the University’s inception 40 years ago, and consists of around 1600 diverse pieces. The collection is housed across Deakin’s four campuses: Melbourne (Burwood), the Waterfront and Waurn Ponds campuses in Geelong, and Warrnambool.
The Gold Museum Ballarat (Australia) manages the collections of The Sovereign Hill Museums Association (SHMA) and serves as the regional museum for the Ballarat and central goldfields area. The Association holds some 100,000 items located at both the Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum and in the Gold Museum. Collections in the Outdoor Museum are focused on the gold mining and social history of Ballarat, with key collections in mining technology and the working and domestic lives of the people of Ballarat.
The Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards are held every year as part of the Museums Australia conference. They recognise excellence in exhibitions, publications and websites within the Australian and New Zealand museum sector. This year one of our clients, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, won the Best Website (Category A – large organisations) award.