IAMPP current and past programs

Background

Cultural identities across Pacific Island nations are eroding in the face of ongoing migration, urbanisation and uninvited interjection of western culture.

Cultural institutions in the Pacific are keepers of national stories and custodians of cultural heritage. They play a key role in the maintenance and strengthening of cultural identity in their communities. Support for these institutions is available through a joint initiative of ICOM Australia and the National Museum of Australia.

The Program assists Australian not-for-profit and incorporated cultural organisations to provide skills and resources through formally partnered governance and heritage projects in the Asia-Pacific regions.
 

History

ICOM Australia initiated the Museum Partnerships Program in 2005 with support from the National Museum of Australia. The National Museum of Australia's support has been through:

  • provisions of grant money
  • applications on behalf of ICOM Australia to the Australian Government's overseas development agency, AusAID .

For papers on the program see International programs under Resources.

Programs

The program has supported the following projects since 2005.

Project title Pacific institution Australian host institution

Addressing collection management needs at Solomon Islands National Museum (Stages 1 & 2)

Solomon Islands National Museum

Queensland Museum


Continuing professional exchange between the Fiji Museum, Powerhouse Museum and the Australian Museum
Fiji Museum



Powerhouse Museum
Australian Museum


New object collection store and laboratory at Fiji Museum
Fiji Museum


Museum Victoria


Lapita pottery and web-based access to traditional Vanuatu pottery (Stage 1)
Vanuatu Cultural Centre


Australian Museum


Emerging Pacific cultural centres: Australian Museum Partnership Program
Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA)

Australian Museum


Pacific islands museums and cultural sites on line database project


Pacific Islands Museums Association (PIMA)


Powerhouse Museum
Collections Network Australia (CAN)
Fiji Museum collections storage
 Fiji Museum
Museum Victoria
Intangible Cultural Heritage Field Kit


Solomon Islands National Museum

Australian Museum


Project partnership exploration Papua New Guinea National Museum South Australian Museum