National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Emerging Museums Professionals

By Megan Wells, Assistant Curator Social History & Accoutrements

Recently three of the National Army Museum’s collection staff – Anna, Georgie and I, along with our Director, Jeanette, went to explore Napier. We were there to take part in the 2014 Museums Aotearoa Conference.

The theme was ‘The Business of Culture’ and there were interesting discussions on how museums show their significance, branding and all those concepts today’s museums must keep abreast of.

But the conference had another element. It was the first formal gathering of the Emerging Museums Professionals, a sub-group within Museums Aotearoa to which Anna, Georgie and I belong. As well as meetings and discussions, we had an EMP BBQ dinner for all the members and a series of short presentations. Anna and I gave a tongue in cheek look at what it is like to work for a museum inside an army camp.

The conference was a great chance to catch up with other museum professionals and to come home with some new ideas. I particularly enjoyed Kate Clark’s keynote on the significance and value of museums from her experiences working in Australia and the UK and of course playing with the photo booth at the awards night!