Future Museum : Future Museum
SECTION TWO – FUTURE MUSEUM IN DETAIL 10.1 Gallery renewal Future Museum establishes an overarching structure, through an Interpretation Strategy, for the stories told and shared onsite, offsite and online. The structure reinforces the museum’s purpose as a natural and social history museum, following themes of ‘who we are’ (people), ‘where we are’ (land), ‘where we came from’ (seas, journeys) and ‘what’s happening now’ (current issues). Within this structure, Future Museum places Māori and taonga at the heart of the museum, beginning the visitors’ museum experience with the first stories of this land, Aotearoa New Zealand, and its people. At a physical level, it increases access to all collections, starting with the Māori Court and galleries, including the carving store. Over the lifetime of Future Museum, all taonga will be made accessible to visitors and there will be opportunities for access for research, and for iwi and Māori to perform appropriate tikanga. From this starting point, visitors can explore the rest of the museum, moving out along stories about Tamaki Makaurau Auckland: its Pacific location and heritage, the long history and presence of New Zealand European / Pakeha and recent Asian influences, the diversity and vibrancy of its contemporary communities, and its evolution into a truly multicultural city. These stories are about Aucklanders of all cultures and origins. Our intention is that, within them, all Aucklanders will find turangawaewae, their place to stand. Visitors will be encouraged to add their own stories, extending and shaping those the museum tells. 10.2 Collections development Future Museum anticipates the museum’s collections will grow in some areas, and remain stable or be consolidated in others. We will take steps with key stakeholders to ensure that collections develop in a sustainable way, which maintains their quality and relevance, and incorporates contemporary materials. We will also ensure there is sufficient and appropriate storage to accommodate them. Storage will keep collections accessible to staff, visitors and researchers, and take cultural and iwi interests into account. It is a likely that we will need to collaborate with other organisations to provide offsite storage in the longer term. 10.3 Collections readiness and display Future Museum will increase the number of collections that are on display or digitally available at any one time. Substantial work is needed to prepare the collections over the lifetime of this plan, so that this can happen. Collections records, images and digitisation, collections knowledge and presentation are all part of this preparation, and are addressed through the plan. From them, many programmes to increase access and engage audiences will spring. Collaboration with iwi and Māori, industry colleagues and a broad range of communities will be another important way to increase collections exposure. We will open up the collections, receiving in return information and research to enhance collections knowledge. As this knowledge grows and we renew the galleries, we will be better able to address any gaps in the collections’ completeness. 19 10.4 Collections care Auckland Museum will uphold its current curatorial approach, encouraging scholarship and information sharing around the museum’s collections, and maintaining public trust in the museum as a place of learning. We will invest in the capacity of our staff and volunteers to care for and learn about the collections, and provide opportunities for visitors and communities to be involved. Our role as kaitiaki guides us: we provide care for & access to collections and stories entrusted to us, for all audiences.