Track 7: REGENERATION – COMMUNITY, ECONOMICS, and EQUITABLE PLACES / Volet 7: Régénération – Collectivité, économie et lieux équitables

Reinventing National Historic Sites in Victoria, Australia

Friday, October 13
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

How can you change the house museum model to engage with 21st Century visitors and be financially sustainable? The National Trust in Melbourne, Australia shifted its focus from artefacts to visitor needs. The Old Melbourne Gaol, Polly Woodside Tall Ship and Rippon Lea mansion provide examples of practical and low cost approaches to reinterpreting heritage spaces. This includes programming, interactive interpretation and new ways of surveying visitors to reconnect with diverse audiences.

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Martin Green

Cultural Engagement Manger
National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Martin Green is the Cultural Engagement manager for the National Trust of Victoria. He is responsible for the National Trust’s interpretation, collections, exhibitions, learning programs and web presence for 23 heritage sites located in Victoria, Australia. Martin has a background in television production and previously worked developing digital technology for education and interpretation at Melbourne Museum and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. At the National Trust in Melbourne he has worked on a new museum at the Polly Woodside Tall Ship, Old Melbourne Gaol Court Room Drama projects and the reinterpretation of Rippon Lea mansion as well as working with artists to deliver contemporary exhibitions at heritage sites.


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Robert Pajot

Project Lead
National Trust for Canada


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