AMM Office is moving!
Yes, the AMM office has to move to accommodate the expansion of The Manitoba Museum's Alloway Hall, which is right above our heads.
The move will be happening before the end of March and we should be relocated for about a year, but we'll be easy to find as we'll be moved to the other side of the courtyard.
If you try to contact the AMM office and encounter some difficulty it could be that we are in the process of moving and some systems may be down for a short time. Rest assured that things will be done fairly quickly and with as little impact or disruption as possible.
Our apologies to everyone who was unable to buy a ticket for our 7th Annual Trivia Night at the Manitoba Children's Museum.
Tickets for this fundraiser sold out in less than two weeks! We sold the first table two days before we posted the event.
We are still looking for donated items for the Rainbow Auction. If you have something, or know of someone who might, please contact the AMM office.
Eager players awaiting the next question...(2015)
Certificate Program in Museum Practice
The 2015 - 2016 training calendar is coming to an end, and the 2016 - 2017 calendar will be posted soon. Courses being offered will include Collections Care & Preventive Conservation, and Museums & Education.
Keep watching for more information and the new calendar in future Messengers. Updates will also be posted on our website and Facebook pages.
The 2016 - 2017 training calendar will be including some NEW Specialized Courses.
Specialized Courses are designed, or brought in, to address specific areas of interest voiced by our members. These courses have covered deaccessioning, mannequin making, and two courses that expand on our Exhibit Design course in the CPMP program.
More information will be available soon after the dust settles from our office move.
Manitoba Day - May 12
May 12 has been celebrated as Manitoba Day since the province's Centennial in 1970.
It was on May 12 in 1870 when the province of Manitoba was given Royal assent, opening the way for Manitoba to become Canada's fifth province on July 15, 1870.
This day is a great time to celebrate our province and everything it has to offer. Many museums and other cultural and heritage organizations will be offering special programs in recognition of this special day. If you're planning something in honour of our province let us know and we'll enter your museum into a draw for a FREE Full conference registration.
Celebrating at Minnedosa District Museum & Heritage Village (2010)
March 28 to April 3.
Last year 2,825 museums, galleries and other cultural organizations around the world took part in Museum Week. In just seven days 640,000 tweets were written which led to 237 million impressions. That's a lot of bang for no buck.
Each day during Museum Week is given its own theme and then participants tweet things relating to those themes to generate interest and discussion. This year the topics will relate to "the preservation and celebration of culture, memory and cultural heritage".
For a look at this year's themes click here.
Thoughts on Election Day!
April 19, 2016
Now is the time to start thinking about questions to ask candidates in the upcoming provincial election. Let's get them thinking about heritage and how best to support, preserve and present what we have.
What would you ask your local candidate? Email us your questions and we'll include the top three in the next Messenger.
CSP Coffee Fridays!
Do you have pest traps to drop off for the Cultural Stewardship Program? Are you coming to Winnipeg and would like to ask advice in person? Do you have a problem artifact that you would like examined? Do you want to borrow a datalogger or a hygrothermograph? Do you just want a good cup of coffee?
Lise Brémault came for coffee and left with a padded hanger
Visit Jane Dalley, conservator for the Cultural Stewardship Program, at her studio in the Exchange on Fridays between 10 am and 4 pm. Jane can be found at #104-318 McDermot Avenue. There is metered parking on both Adelaide and McDermot.
At the 2015 AMM Conference in Winnipeg David McInnes and Jane Dalley decided to auction themselves off, so to speak.
They offered up so many hours of their time and expertise to the lucky winner. Bidding was furious, but ultimately Thomas McLeod at Dalnavert Museum out-bidded the competition and won the services of these two experts.
Thomas provided a list of tasks relating to collections care to his "slave", Jane, and a great time was had by all!
Ines and "Slave" Jane examining an artifact
We haven't heard from "slave" David yet, but we're assured he is being fed and watered daily.
Just a reminder that AMM memberships expire on March 31st. Renewal notices may be a little late being sent out as we will be dealing with an office move.
Along with the renewal notice will be a request to update your information. Please take a little time to look over the information we currently have for your museum to make sure it's accurate as we don't want to give the public outdated or incorrect information when they call or visit our website.
Update your page
Did you know that you can update your museum's page on our website yourself?
Museum members can access their page by going to the Member Sign In button on the tool bar and entering their Member Number as their User Name and Password. You can post pictures, events, or let people know your new mailing address.
If you have any problem accessing your page please contact the AMM office.
It has come to our attention that some individuals and museums had been "Unsubscribed" from our mailing list without their knowledge.
There are security systems out there that automatically block bulk emails like our Messenger. The best way to ensure that you are not unsubscribed without your knowledge is to add this address to your address book.
Planning for 2016
There is still snow on the ground, and may be for a while yet, but soon it will be gone and the sound of museum doors being opened and the scent of artifacts being dusted off for another season of summer museum visitors will begin.
What are your plans for 2016? If you're a seasonal museum when will you be opening? What special events or programs are you planning?
We'd love to hear and share your ideas and plans for the upcoming summer tourist season. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures are most welcome.
If there are people at your museum or organization who aren't receiving our emails, but would like to, please have them email (email@example.com) us their name, institution, and email address. We'd love to add them to our lists, which are for our internal use ONLY, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Thank you!