The AMaGA Victoria Award for medium museums/galleries has been won by the National Wool
Museum and the On the Land: Our Story Retold exhibition.
On the Land: Our Story Retold is about the past, present and
future of Australian wool. It is about people and places and how the land was
settled. It is the first major exhibition on Australian wool for over two
decades. It begins with a major new exhibit on the Wadawurrung people – the Traditional Owners of the Geelong region.
On the Land: Our Story Retold is all about this rich and bountiful land. But there is an underlying tension
implicit in this exhibition. How do we reconcile the rich and bountiful social
and economic history of the wool industry with the drastic environmental and
cultural impact of the industry over the last two centuries? This question is
constantly in tension at all moments throughout the experience.
The Museum drew upon more than 40 artists, artisans, Traditional Owners and
local contractors. In a time of uncertainty, the exhibition invested in the
local community. It has been created with historical research and
art. The exhibition features contributions from leading Geelong
Even our taxidermy sheep have had a
makeover courtesy of Melbourne illustrator Ashley Ronning.
Full list of Victorian museums and galleries award winners
AMaGA Victoria Award for medium museums/galleries (8-50 Paid Staff)
National Wool Museum for On the Land: Our Story Retold
Grimwade Conservation Services, the University of Melbourne
CostumeLAB - Conservation in Action HC
Geelong Gallery, Rone in Geelong exhibition design.
Winner AMaGA Victoria Award for Excellence (volunteer)
Judith Kershaw, Port Fairy Museum and Archives.
Dr Ian Buckland, Beleura House and Garden.
AMaGA Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award
Michael Aitken, Cyril Kett Optometry Museum
Martin Hallett Award for individual contribution to community heritage
Clare Gervasoni, Ballarat Heritage Services and Federation University.
The Archival Survival Award for volunteer-run museums/galleries (up to 1 EFT paid staff)
Her Place Women's Museum Australia for Unmasked.
The Australian Queer Archives, ‘A History of LGBTIQ+ Victoria
in 100 Places & Objects' project and website.
The Archival Survival Award for small museums/galleries (2-7 paid staff)
Warrnambool Art Gallery for the WAG Maar Nation Gallery and Aboriginal-led
The Beechworth Burke Museum, The Burke Museum Online
Cataloguing Program (BMOCP).
AMaGA Victoria Award Judges
We commend the National Wool Museum for developing such a complex and
detailed, well researched and considered permanent exhibition on a budget. The
exhibition bravely engages with communities and audiences, confronting frontier
stories to bring balance to the celebration of wool as an economic and cultural
phenomenon across regional Australia, including in the Geelong region.