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March Madness

March is just about over and that's a good thing because it was a very  turbulent month for the AMM office.

After two weeks of planning and packing, the AMM and MAS (Manitoba Archaeological Society) offices were moved to a temporary location on March 7th. The offices needed to be moved to accommodate the expansion plans of The Manitoba Museum.

On March 9 & 10 we held the CCI course, Construction of Mannequins for Historic Costumes, at Minto Armouries.

Our Annual Trivia Night fundraiser was held on March 19 at the Manitoba Children's Museum to the delight of nearly 200 participants.

Now we are settled in our temporary space and will be getting back to our regular work routine.

If you would like to drop by to see us we're not very difficult to find. We, and MAS, are located on the other side of the courtyard - directly opposite of the stairs leading up to the Concert Hall. When you arrive at our door you'll have to call us in order to be let in.

We're only going to be in this new space for one year, but it does mean we can no longer post your events in our windows for the enjoyment of passersby.

We're looking forward to April and to be more "business as usual".

7th Annual Trivia Night!

Our Annual Trivia Night was held on March 19th at the Manitoba Children's Museum.

This was the 7th Trivia Night and we've discovered that it's become a hot date as tickets began to sell two weeks before the event was posted and the 200 tickets were sold out in 10 days.

We would like to thank the following people, organizations and businesses for donating items to the Rainbow Auction:
  • Ashleigh Czyrnyj
  • Bridgeport Office Solutions
  • Delta Winnipeg Hotel
  • Exchange District Biz
  • Fidler House Bed & Breakfast
  • Fort Garry Historical Society
  • Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub
  • Harry and Sharon Horejda
  • Le musée de Saint-Boniface Museum
  • Manitoba Children’s Museum
  • Manitoba Opera
  • Mariaggi’s Theme Suite Hotel & Spa
  • Matthew, Alistair and Mark Komus
  • Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Silver Heights Archery
  • Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique
  • The Manitoba Museum
  • Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Thank you also to all of the volunteers who pitched in to make this event a success.

Museum Week

March 28 to April 3

An International Celebration of Arts & Culture!

To learn more visit their webpage at

CMA Likes Federal 2016 Budget

Read the CMA's News Release

CHIN Listservs are Back!

Read more

Free Job Postings!

Manitoba Museums are eligible to use the MTEC (Manitoba Tourism Education Council) Job Board to post open positions (both volunteer and paid). Here is a bit about the website:
It is free to advertise on the MTEC Job Board.  During 2015 almost 92,000 visitors viewed the Job Bank specifically to land a job in this sector. That works out to a monthly average of 7,590 unique visitors.
Should AMM members wish to publish openings on their website, they are free to do so.  You can visit here to see how the job board looks: and here to register and post a position:

Lessons from a Fire in a Natural History Museum

By Fiona Graham, Conservator, Canadian Museum of Nature; Sarah Spafford-Ricci, Royal Saskatchewan Museum and Lisa Kronthal, National Sciences Foundation

Lesson No. 1
  • It helps when the firefighters know and love your museum
  • Invite firefighters to tour your museum
  • Host a party for families of firefighters and police officers
 Lesson No.2
  • Construction brings extra hazards
  • Watch what your contractors are doing
  • Develop guidelines for contractors working in museums
  • Know what equipment and materials they will be using
 Lesson No. 3
  • Construction increases the fire risk
  • Insist on a fire watch
  • Make sure your fire detection and suppression systems are not compromised
Lesson No. 4
  • Fire is bad - sprinklers are good
  • A little water is better than too much or none at all
 Lesson No. 5
  • Consider the fire risk when designing exhibitions and storage layouts
  • Don't block sprinklers
  • Don't overheat fluid-preserved specimens
  • Think twice before designing a labyrinth
 Lesson No. 6
  • Leaky cases mean dirty specimens
  • If an air-tight case is not a good idea, include filtered holes or use positive pressure from a clean air source
 Lesson No. 7
  • Always clean with dry methods before using wet methods
 Lesson No. 8
  • Soot is insoluble
  • Don't try to "solubilize" soot
  • Try to lift it instead
  • Oily components will come with the carbon particles
 Executive Summary: Planning can make a big difference
Fiona Graham is a professional conservator specializing in preventive conservation. She holds a Masters degree in Art Conservation from Queen's University, Canada, and is accredited through the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. Fiona offers consulting services to the museum and heritage field and teaches at Queen's University, Athabasca University, and the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts as well as for Museum Classes Online. Her areas of expertise include preventive conservation in facility design and operations, specifications and project management for conservation projects, metals conservation, facility assessments, and storage planning. 


New home for tools sought
These tools were my Grandfather's. His name was Jacob Bugga, born 1888 and passed in 1976. The tools are approximately 90 years old. I would like to donate them to a museum if there is one that is interested in having them.

Please contact me:
Diane Sorensen
204 889-1785



Dolls Looking for a Forever Home

You might have read about her in the paper, or seen her on the news, but prolific doll collector Rozalynde McKibbin is looking for a home for her collection of over 1,000 dolls.  She would like the “family” of dolls to stay together. 
Here are some links about Ms McKibbon and her dolls.
If your museum might be interested, she can be reached at 204-582-0846

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Trivia Night Winners, 2016!

Welcome to the
AMM Messenger
March 24, 2016 edition

In this issue

Links to other Training Opportunities
Cultural Stewardship Program (CSP)

News & Events
If you have some news or an event that you'd like to include in our next Messenger, please send the information to info@museumsmanitoba

For your information... Important Dates
  • March 27 - Easter Sunday
  • April 1 - April Fool's Day
  • April 19 - Provincial Election
  • April 22 - Earth Day
  • April 23 - Passover
  • May 8 - Mother's Day
  • May 23 - Victoria Day
Awards Program

Job Opportunities

Available Grants

AMM Library

AMM Council

AMM Staff

Become a Member


Got Pamphlets?
There is a display stand for pamphlets outside our office that is constantly hungry and looking to be fed. If you have up-to-date pamphlets for your museum please send some our way. We have a lot of traffic going by as people make their way to the Concert Hall, The Manitoba Museum, Manitoba Opera and City Hall.

The Association of Manitoba Museums will strive to become the primary museum related service organization in Manitoba providing innovative training, advocacy, resources and responsive leadership to a diverse and growing membership. It will promote Manitoba museums in the wider community from a secure financial base.
The Association of Manitoba Museums, as the voice of our museum community, is dedicated to promoting excellence in preserving and presenting Manitoba’s heritage.


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