Ken's historic care commended
BRENNAN and Geraghty’s Store Museum curator Ken Brooks and the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery received special commendations at the Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards announcement on the Sunshine Coast last night.
The judges recognised Mr Brooks’ foresight and determination in forging a unique arrangement to ensure Brennan and Geraghty’s was maintained as a significant heritage asset for the Maryborough community and for future generations of Queenslanders.
“Ken’s passion and expertise has underpinned his extraordinary care of the museum and its remarkable collection and contributed to the development of lasting relationships with the museum’s stakeholders and community,” they said.
Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger said Ken put in countless hours as the manager of the facility and then put in many hours as a volunteer.
“The skills he has developed since taking on the role as manager in cataloguing and conserving exhibits keeps him in constant demand across the region,” he said.
“He always finds time to help the many volunteers and history buffs on the Fraser Coast develop their skills to ensure exhibits in the many museums and historical centres are displayed at their best.”
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery’s special commendation recognised its commitment to lifelong learning and sustainable approach to developing new audiences for the gallery through its Mudskippers Club and Little Skippers program for children.
“By developing membership-based programs, the gallery has raised awareness of its activities and created a sense of belonging,” the judges said.
Mr Kruger said the initiatives provided fun and interactive educational activities for children and the dedication of council gallery staff and community volunteers had contributed to the popularity and success of both programs which were conducted each month at the gallery.