What Floats Your Boat

Project Overview

The Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Maritime Museums Council are developing the travelling exhibition, What Floats Your Boat – Remarkable stories of Australians and their vessels, using the content provided by the AMMC membership.  As part of the program, we offer AMMC members, exhibition development training and networking workshops across Australia.

The workshops engage regional and remote venues in the creation of content for the national travelling exhibition and enable regional venues to share their stories.  The project is being developed in 2019, with the display ready to tour interested venues in 2020.  Please see project timeline below.

If you’re interested in submitting a story for the display, please register to attend one of the upcoming workshops or contact the project coordinator, Sabina Escobar at sabina.escobar@sea.museum

Submission Process

Submissions are open until 30 September 2019

  • Submissions can be done by individual or institutional AMMC members.

  • To register as a FREE member of the AMMC, please sign up. Joining is simple: Click on the ‘sign up’ button at the top right corner of this page and complete the information requested. READ MORE 

  • Submitted stories will be ranked against a set of evaluation criteria (read more here) and they will be voted by the AMMC membership via this website. 

  • Votes will be forwarded to a joint maritime museum and AMMC Final Review Panel, who will use AMMC member’s rankings to assist in the selection of the top 15 stories for inclusion in the touring banner display.


  • Ballina NSW - Date: Tuesday 16 April 2019 

                                  Venue: Richmond Room, 11 Regatta Avenue, Ballina, NSW

                                  Time: 10am to 3pm. 

  • Revised details for Southern NSW are to be confirmed soon! 

  • Adelaide South Australia - Date: Tuesday 6 August 2019 

                                  Venue: South Australian Maritime Museum,  Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, SA 5015

                                  Time: 10am to 3pm

  • Melbourne Victoria - Date: 25 June 2019 

                                          Venue: Celia Little Room, Mission to Seafarers, 717 Flinders Street, VIC 3008

                                          Time: 10am to 3pm

The workshops are FREE to attend, morning tea and lunch provided.  We hope to see you all there!


The aim of the workshops is to invite AMMC members to create and submit content for the travelling exhibition The Museum and  AMMC plan is to enable regional  museums and local heritage organisations to share these remarkable stories with a national audience.

The workshops will finish with a State Wrap, where attendees are invited to deliver a short presentation on activities or programs in which they are involved.

Please register your interest in the workshop with Sabina Escobar at sabina.escobar@sea.museum

Project Timeline

  • 7 February 2019 first workshop and project presentation delivered as a session at the AMMC Workshop in Hobart.
  • March – June 2019 four workshops scheduled Australia wide.  More details coming soon.
  • 1 April to 30 June 2019 stories submission through AMMC website.
  • 30 September 2019 last day of story submissions through AMMC website.
  • September 2019 Revision of the submissions and feedback with submitters.
  • September - October 2019 AMMC membership evaluates and votes submitted stories via AMMC website.
  • October 2019 joint AMMC Maritime Museum Final Review Panel selects the 15 most compelling stories for inclusion in the display.
  • October 2019 Presentation of the exhibition delivered in a AMMC workshop at Devonport, Tasmania.
  • November 2019 Maritime Museum begins production of display.
  • January 2020 What Floats Your Boat graphic panel display begins tour.

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