Yamba Museum wins prestigious award!
What exciting news that we won our Category (Category 2 Exhibitions and Public Engagement Level A – Volunteer Run) at the Museum & Galleries NSW IMAGineE Awards for 2012!
This award was for our exhibition earlier this year – “Ghosts of World War 1 : 101 Local Heroes”.
Our target audience had been all age groups across both the local community and visitors. There was a concerted effort to attract school students as World War 1 is part of the curriculum. Almost 100 high school students from as far away as Grafton visited the exhibition; they were able to try on a soldier’s greatcoat and helmet and handle a Dead Man’s Penny as well as learn about the treatment of Aboriginal diggers. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. The feedback via the Visitor’s Book and to museum guides reveals that many people were emotionally moved by the displays and saw them as a fitting memorial. Relatives of those memorialised made a point of visiting and came away feeling sad but proud of their heritage. Other visitors were inspired to begin researching their own family’s involvement in the war, or to mount and display their own photos and Dead Man’s Pennies.
The award ceremony was held in Sydney on Friday 23 November. PYHS President, Marea Buist and members, Sue and Keith Spence represented the Yamba Museum at the event.
Congratulations to all who helped to make the exhibition such a success. It is that wonderful team effort that won us this prestigious award.