Category Archives: Museum sector & historical societies

Grants, awards and other funding opportunities

A wide range of grants and other funding opportunities are now available. Those of you who receive news from Museums Australia may already have been alerted to these opportunities. For those of our clients who don’t, here are some of the options available.

In addition, nominations for the 2017 Victorian Museum Awards are now open. The Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations whose commitment and passion contribute to the excellence of the Victorian museum and gallery sector.  Refer to the further information and guidelines


Echuca Historical Society in the news

Maxus client, Echuca Historical Society has a string of achievements, including MAP accreditation in 2014.  They recently celebrated the sesquicentenary of their premises, the former Police Station and Cell complex on Dickson Street, together with policing since 1867 on the one location, with an exhibition “Upholding the Right”.  For further information about their activities, refer to the article in the Feb-March 2017 issue of History News, p5.








Jewish Holocaust Centre launches Presto for DB/TextWorks website

On April 4, Norma Tovey and Pam Millist were invited to attend the launch of the JHC Collections Online at the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC).  About 100 people attended to hear the addresses by guest speaker – Professor Andrew Markus – Pratt Foundation Research Professor of Jewish Civilisation and Jayne Josem – Curator and Head of Collections.
This was an opportunity to acknowledge the culmination of about 3 years of collaborative work by the Project Manager together with the Museum Curator, the Archivist and the JHC team with Maxus on the deployment and development of their Presto for DB/TextWorks installation.


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A bit of GLAMour!

You may not have caught up with this recently coined term GLAM which is used to describe the phenomenon of the increasing convergence of the collections of the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum (including Historical Societies) sectors.  This trend is leading to increasing collaboration and activities to make their combined collections accessible to the world via the internet.

Over many years, Maxus Australia has assisted a significant number of users in the GLAM sectors to catalogue and increase access to the valuable knowledge and resources available using Inmagic software over many years.

They range in size from non-profit local collections mainly run by volunteers to installations supported by, for example, local councils or other better funded bodies, which enable their collection/s to be published and easily searchable using Inmagic’s internet-enabled software such as Web Publisher Pro or Presto.

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Next Inmagic Melbourne User Group meeting at Jewish Holocaust Centre – 24 November 2016

The next meeting of the Inmagic Museum User Group to be held at the Jewish Holocaust Centre on 24 November 2016.  A long time user of DB/TextWorks to record and manage its collections, the Centre has recently started using Presto for DB/TextWorks. These collection include: museum collection, art collection, video testimonies and newspaper clippings in addition to textbases of geographic and other information. As well as hearing about the Centre, its collections and its experiences with Presto for DB/TextWorks, there will also be an opportunity to look around the museum.

Meeting Details

Date: Thursday 24th November 2016
Time: 3 pm
Where:Jewish Holocaust Centre, 13-15 Selwyn St, Elsternwick VIC 3185

How to get there:

Public transport:closest station is Elsternwick or tram No 67 from the City to Glenhuntly, stop number 44.
Parking: Parking is available nearby but watch out for school restrictions.

Catering: Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP: Please RSVP by Monday 21st November by Email or Phone: 9528 1985.



Maxus clients celebrating History Week

History Week  is a busy time in Victoria for the museum and historical societies,  This event organised by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, aims to provide opportunities to “discover the wonders of Victoria’s past” during the week 16 to 23 October.  The Event Calendar of “fascinating walking tours and engaging discussions, to exhibitions and history in the making events” includes events hosted by Maxus clients.

Check out these opportunities to participate and see the work of these organisations including;

Wishing all our clients a happy History Week!


Report of Inmagic Museum users group meeting at RACV Heritage – 20 April 2016

Helen Stitt, Heritage Collection Curator at the RACV Heritage Centre in Noble Park, was a wonderful host to about 20 Inmagic users for the Inmagic Museum Users Group on 20 April.  The RACV has been using DB/TextWorks for many years to record and manage its collection.

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The diversity of the RACV Heritage Collection, incorporating the records of RACV’s business operations and archive relating to the early history of motoring in Victoria, was clearly demonstrated.   The visit commenced with a tour of the heritage vehicle fleet and ‘garagenalia’ collection of the RACV Vehicle Workshop.  The work that Helen has done to increase the visibility and attraction of the collection was evident.  The attendees were treated to a sumptuous afternoon tea including scones with jam and cream before a presentation and display of a selection of items from the archives and photographic collection.

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Information-packed Inmagic Museum User Group meeting at PMI

A well attended Inmagic Museum User Group meeting was held at the new premises of the Prahran Mechanics Institute on 15 July.  As well as the Prahran Mechanics Institute, the building is the home of the Cinema & Theatre Historical Society of Australia (CATHS) and the Australian Railway Historical Society (Vic.).

After the opportunity for some networking amongst the approximately 30 or more attendees, the group was treated to a jam-packed program from a range of speakers.

  • Judith Dwyer, Secretary of the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria opened proceedings. The Mechanics’ Institutes Resource Centre (MIRC) collection includes photographs, building plans, correspondence, and digital files of primary documents such as minutes, correspondence and annual and financial reports. The “Big Mech” database of entries for over 1,000 mechanics’ institutes in Victoria is now searchable on DB/TextWorks.
  • Don Barker from the Australian Railway Historical Society (Vic.).spoke about their experience moving from a warehouse to the new premises ….? The Australian Railway Historical Society’s collection comprises books, Australian railway journals and a selection of US and UK journals. It is still to be fully catalogued.
  • Mike Trickett from Cinema & Theatre Historical Society of Australia (CATHS) discussed and demonstrated their database of past and present cinema and theatre venues in Australia that is available online as well as databases of personalities who worked in the industry, and architects who designed the cinemas.
  • Pam Millist from Maxus presented on some of the exciting developments in the latest verions (v15) of DB/TextWorks including new Rich Text field type, email enhancements, etc.
  • Jodie Boyd from RHSV discussed developments at RHSV and services for local historical societies including the revamp of the Victorian Local History Database.

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Inmagic Museums User Group meeting at YRRM – 2 December

The next meeting of the Inmagic Museum User Group will be held at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum on 2nd December 2014. The Museum collection of more than 8,000 items includes the internationally significant Dame Nellie Melba collection and objects reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Yarra Ranges region. It is a focal point for more than 17 historical societies and heritage groups across the Shire, a gathering space, and a source of professional educational and public programs.

The museum, a long time user of DB/TextWorks, has recently started using Presto for DB/TextWorks as its online platform for its collection. The catalogue is available at

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