The Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Maritime Museums Council are developing the travelling panel exhibition using content provided by the AMMC membership. This project started out with the name What Floats Your Boat – Remarkable stories of Australians and their vessels however, after the AMMC workshop in November at Devonport at which story submissions were judged, the judging panel came to the decision that the original title of ‘What Floats Your Boat’ didn’t do justice to the stories that were submitted. They felt that the title did not represent the depth or importance of these accounts. For that reason, it was decided that our new travelling program would be now called: ‘Remarkable, stories of Australians and their boats’ . A new logo will be developed soon.
As part of the program, we offered AMMC members, exhibition development training and networking workshops across Australia.
The workshops engaged regional and remote venues in the creation of content for the national travelling exhibition and enable regional venues to share their stories. The project was developed in 2019, and the display is planned to be ready to tour interested venues in 2020. Please see project timeline below.
If you’re interested in hosting the exhibition once it is developed please contact the project coordinator, Sabina Escobar at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very happy to announce the ten stories that will make up our new AMMC travelling display, ‘Remarkable, Stories of Australians and Their Boats’.
After a big effort by all our participating members, there were 46 extraordinary stories submitted that represented the diversity and the different relationships Australians have with boats.
These stories covered a wide variety of themes including women in business, Australian ingenuity, Indigenous perspectives, industrial practices, immigration, war time Australia and natural disasters.
Based on your voting and the criteria established for the selection, the panel, after much deliberation have decided on the following stories:
We will now work with these members to get their wonderful stories ready to start travelling the country as our new exhibition – ‘Remarkable, Stories of Australians and Their Boats’.
Thank you to all those who submitted story ideas, they made for great reading and the decision process was very difficult!
Submissions are now closed
Venue: Richmond Room, 11 Regatta Avenue, Ballina, NSW
Time: 10am to 3pm.
Venue: South Australian Maritime Museum, Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, SA 5015
Time: 10am to 3pm
Venue: Celia Little Room, Mission to Seafarers, 717 Flinders Street, VIC 3008
Time: 10am to 3pm
The workshops were FREE to attend, morning tea and lunch provided. We enjoyed seeing you there!
The aim of the workshops was to invite AMMC members to create and submit content for the travelling exhibition. The Museum and AMMC's plan is to enable regional museums and local heritage organisations to share these remarkable stories with a national audience.
The workshops finished with a State Wrap, where attendees are invited to deliver a short presentation on activities or programs in which they are involved.