If you haven’t participated in one of our recent workshops, you are probably at least heard about the Submerged: stories of Australia’s shipwrecks project, where the AMMC and the Australian National Maritime Museum are working together to source regional content for a nationally touring graphic panel display. This project builds on the expertise and outreach gained from the ANMM’s two previous touring displays: War at sea: the Navy in World War I and Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica. The aim is to develop an eight-panel banner exhibition featuring shipwreck stories submitted by organisations from across Australia. The display will then tour Australia from 2018-2020 free of charge.
The project kicked off with a series of seven exhibition development workshops. Workshops were hosted by the Maritime Museum of Tasmania (AMMC Annual Meeting), Mannum Dock Museum, Queensland Maritime Museum, Bass Strait Maritime Centre (MHOoT Meeting), Queenscliffe Maritime Museum, Western Australian Museum-Fremantle and the ANMM.
In addition to providing context for the Submerged project, and tips and tricks of the trade for exhibition development, each workshop had presentations from local maritime archaeologists and marine conservators. The day’s program concluded with practical sessions where all participants wrote and presented a group ‘shipwreck story’. These workshops were an excellent means of engaging with regional maritime heritage organisations, sharing stories and making new connections.
The workshops were attended by 195 individuals from 88 unique regional and remote museums and organisations with maritime collections. So we know there are at least 88 fantastic stories out there…
We now invite all AMMC members to submit a story. We have received at least 30 submissions so far, featuring various vessel types—from colonial brig to World War II warship. If you haven’t done so yet, please ensure you are registered as an AMMC member, and submit your shipwreck story via the AMMC website.
Don’t wait! Submissions close end of July.
- Submissions are open until 31 July 2017.
- See the Submerged page for more information on 'criteria for evaluation'/how to submit.
- Stories will be posted on the website for Membership review by 12 August 2017.
For more information on the Submerged project, please contact Emily Jateff at email@example.com or 0448588374.
This exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians.
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