National links benefit museum

The recent Museums Aotearoa annual conference highlighted the advantages of belonging to the national museum organisation, an Otago Museum manager, Caroline Cook, says.

The museum had not been a member of the national body for some years before rejoining last year, under new director Dr Ian Griffin.

Ms Cook, the museum marketing and development manager, said about six museum staff, including commercial director Murray Bayly, had attended the three-day conference in Napier.

Ms Cook said the Otago Museum was a leading institution but its staff could learn a good deal by keeping up to date with what other museums were doing and how they were dealing with shared challenges, including rising costs.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum acting director Jennifer Evans and Dunedin Public Art Gallery director Cam McCracken had also attended, she said.

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