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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 9528 1985.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.yrrmuseumcollection.com