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Training Opportunities:

Organizing and Managing Museums

You have a museum with artifacts and everything, but what about managing the business of a museum? The paperwork, writing policies, the planning?

This course will help you to:
  • know and understand the roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board
  • understand how to manage the museum in the areas of: decision-making, policy writing, risk management, and strategic planning
Instructors: Andrea Reichert, Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, and Jaret Olford, Green Action Centre
Date, Location, Time: November 30, 2015, Carberry Plains Service for Seniors, Carberry, 10 - 5
To register or visit our website at and follow the links.   

Museums and the Community

It has been an age-old and ongoing challenge for museums to evolve and compete for the attention of visitors and residents alike. More than ever before, museums must find a way to be relevant in a society focused on technology and entertainment. Museums must actively seek out and work with a broad network of community partners in order to appeal to new audiences and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the collections and stories they preserve. This course will help you define your museum’s role in the community and give you ideas for finding new partnerships that can make your museum an invaluable community service provider.

Museums and the Community in Gimli, November 2012
Instructors: Jo Bunka, Winnipegosis Museum and Matthew Komus, Independent Consultant
Date, Location, Time: January 2016, Cook's Creek, 9 - 5
To register or visit our website at and follow the links.   

Collections Management

Do you find yourself asking “Why do we have that collection of plastic Elvis figurines when we’re a heritage house?” Do you have a collections management policy in place that details just what items your museum staff and volunteers should and shouldn’t accept? Do you have procedures in place that spell out the process each new item must go through before being added to the collection?
Collections Management is an introductory course that gives participants the tools to properly manage a heritage collection. The course also outlines the legal and professional responsibilities with regards to records management for a museum collection. Having your artifacts properly catalogued and accounted for reduces time spent looking for things and reduces the amount of handling delicate artifacts and possible exposure to harmful chemicals. By the end of the course participants will have a proper collections management policy and an understanding of the ethics involved in deaccessioning.

Instructors: Nancy Anderson, The Manitoba Museum and Andrea Reichert, Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
Date, Location and Time: February 19, 2016, Memorial Hall, Carman, 9 - 5
To register or visit our website at and follow the links.   

Collections Management Software

Are you using or looking for a collections management software program for your museum?

If you are we'd like to hear from you as many museums are looking to change from pen and paper to computer databases and we're often asked for suggestions. We can list several choices for people, but it's also helpful if we can put people in touch with others who are using a program they're considering to purchase.

We'd like to know how you came to pick the software you did, its price, and your opinions on it. If you're looking for software we'd like to know your criteria.

If you're using or looking for the software please email the AMM at and fill us in on your thoughts and experiences.

Thank you.


Construction of Mannequins for Historic Costumes - CCI course

From the Canadian Conservation Institute's website: "Having proper mannequins is a great way to display your costumes that is attractive and can be tailored to fit the time period while not damaging the fabric. However, purchasing mannequins is expensive, but now you can learn how to make them."
Participants will be shown four different types of mannequins including choices of finishing touches (arms, legs, bases, etc.). Please note that participants will be working in pairs on one mannequin torso.
For more information on the course visit Canadian Conservation Institute’s (CCI) website at

Instructors: Janet Wagner and Renée Dancause, both from CCI
Date, Location and Time: March 9 & 10, 2016, (near Winnipeg), 9 - 5 both days
To register visit our website at

AMM Conference 2015
Our Annual Conference was held from October 1 - 3, 2015 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel.

Our Conferences always deliver excellent quality speakers and this year was no different as the over 80 delegates could attest.

Opening Reception
The Opening Reception was hosted by the City of Winnipeg Museums Board at Dalnavert Museum. It was a wonderful way to welcome this lovely historic home back into the museum community.

Delegates enjoying visiting at the Opening Reception

Our Keynote Speaker was Alan Freeman, Geopolitical Economy Research Group. He's an author, former adviser to the Mayor of London, England, and an expert on the economy of culture and heritage.

Alan Freeman delivering his Keynote address at our 2015 Conference

Calling upon his experience while working for the Mayor of London, England, Alan explores the creative economy, creative industries policies, and the role of museums, libraries, and galleries as “repositories of memory”.

150 for 150 Project

Matthew Komus, Coordinator of the 150 for 150 Project, presented this exciting new project that the AMM will be embarking on.

Matthew Komus, Conference 2015

From his presentation:

The Association of Manitoba Museums is developing an exhibit that will showcase Manitoba’s role in Canada’s history. The concept for the exhibit is 150 for 150 – 150 artifacts, from 150 museums, marking 150 years of Confederation. The exhibit will allow small community museums to contribute and share in a larger scale exhibit that will reach more people than possible on their own.
  • 150 artifacts
  • 150 museums
  • Celebrating 150 years
  • Tell Manitoba’s story
  • Offer Manitoba museums an opportunity to reach a larger audience
  • Provide Training opportunities in exhibit development for staff, volunteers and post-secondary students in Manitoba
Click here to learn more.

Awards Banquet
Our Awards Banquet with its good food, awards presentations and live auction make this one of the highlights of the conference experience.

The Awards:

Award of Merit

Jennifer Woodbury, Executive Director, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon)
For her significant contribution to presenting Manitoba’s Heritage, particularly Manitoba’s First Nations and Métis Heritage.

Heather Beerling presenting Jennifer Woodbury with her Award of Merit

Bob Riddle, Volunteer, RCA Museum (Shilo)
In recognition of his significant contribution in preserving Manitoba’s Heritage.

Bob Riddle accepting his Award of Merit from Heather Beerling

Award of Excellence

Mennonite Heritage Village (Steinbach)
For their book A Collected History: Mennonite Heritage Village, which enhances the knowledge for the museum visitor and the museum professional regarding the history of the Russian Mennonites in an engaging way and has promoted awareness of the role the Mennonite Heritage Village has played in preserving and exhibiting their stories.

Barry Dyck and Andrea Dyck accepting the award from Heather Beerling

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre (Stonewall)
In recognition of their Bird in Hand Experience. The innovative development and presentation of this program enhances the museum experience and encourages preservation of Manitoba’s Natural Heritage.

Jacques Bourgeois and Nathalie Bays accepting the award from Heather Beerling

Winnipegosis Historical Society (Winnipegosis)
For their Renewal Project which has allowed for the better preservation and presentation of Manitoba’s Heritage and specifically the history of the small communities of Winnipegosis, the RM of Mossey River and surrounding areas.

Heather Beerling presenting the award to Patricia Riley, Jo Bunka and Loretta Dyck

Certificate Program in Museum Practice Graduates

Laura Bergen, The Manitoba Museum (Winnipeg)

Beryth Strong presenting Laura Bergen with her certificate

Loretta Dyck, Winnipegosis Museum (Winnipegosis)

Loretta Dyck receiving her certificate from Beryth Strong

Brenda Hevenor (Winnipeg)

Brenda Hevenor receiving her certificate from Beryth Strong

Other graduates included:
  • Trish Aubin, Dufferin Historical Society (Carman)
  • Kelly Garnett, Carberry Plains Museum (Carberry)
  • Jeremy Maron, Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg)
  • Leslie Tsai, St. Francois Xavier Historical Society (St. Francois Xavier)
Congratulations to all of this year's graduates!

Fundraising Auction

Things may have gotten a little out of hand this year as our esteemed auctioneers, The French Connection (Pierrette Boily and Jacques Bourgeois), auctioned off two people!

Pierrette Boily and Jacques Bourgeois, The French Connection, auctioning off David McInnes

David McInnes and Jane Dalley both offered their professional services to the highest bidder. The winning bid came from Thomas McLeod, Manager of Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre. We're certain he'll treat them well.

Thanks to people like this going above and beyond the auction raised over $1900 and everyone had tons of fun as they tried to out bid each other.

Just a few of the delegates enjoying the fun!

Holiday Breakfast

Join your contemporaries for breakfast on Monday, December 7 at the historic and beautiful Hotel Fort Garry. It's a great way to relax and visit before the hectic holidays.

(Photo by Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press)
If there's a better way to eat breakfast we haven't found it yet!

Please contact the AMM office to let us know you'll be attending or for more information.

ACI Pilot Program -

Financial Management for Small Non-Profits

December 3, 2015, December 9, 2015, January 7, 2016, January 14, 2016

Program Guideline & Details

ACI Manitoba’s Coach Access Pilot Program: Financial Management for Small Non-Profits will give participants a basic understanding of what boards and management need to know to manage money in a non-profit setting. Groundwork will be achieved through introductory meetings with the coach and participation in group seminars, followed by individualized coaching to assist with practical applications in their unique situations.

For more information:,609/2250/coach-access-pilot-program-financial-management-for-small-non-profits

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Welcome to the
AMM Messenger
November 3, 2015 edition

In this issue

Links to other Training Opportunities
Cultural Stewardship Program (CSP)
News & Events
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada: Commemorating the Battle of Britain

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

Important Dates
  • Remembrance Day - Nov. 11
  • Holiday Breakfast - Dec. 7
  • AMM office closes for holidays - Dec. 21
  • AMM office reopens - Jan. 4

Available Grants

Provincial Grant writing tips

AMM Library

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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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