Hinkler Hall of Aviation has been recognised by Museum & Galleries Queensland after completing an intensive year-long program in 2021 as part of its State Standards Program.
Museum & Galleries Queensland’s Standards Review Program supports museums and galleries to build skills and capacity, plan for a sustainable future, identify strategic priorities for improvement and ensure the safe-guarding and accessibility of community collections and stories.
Over 12 months staff at HHA have been reviewing practices against The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries.
Found within the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens the museum is filled with informative and interactive displays which celebrate the adventures and achievements of pioneer solo aviator Bert Hinkler.
Museum & Galleries Queensland’s standards program reviewers are industry experts who play a vital role in providing pro-bono professional advice and assistance throughout the Program.
State standards program reviewers and museum consultants Christine Ianna and Deannah Vieth said the team at the facility were to be commended for their passion, commitment and excellent work to-date.
“They used the Standards Review Program to benchmark their policies, procedures and programming, and have enthusiastically engaged with us in discussions around initiatives to further improve the museum,” the reviewers said.
Hinkler Hall of Aviation Supervisor Tracey Kelly said participating in the Standards Review Program had helped the team raise awareness of the importance of its collection and how to better preserve and enhance it for future generations.
Museum & Galleries Queensland Executive Director Rebekah Butler congratulated HHA on completing the state standards program.
“Hinkler Hall of Aviation is to be congratulated for what they have achieved through their participation in M&G Queensland’s 2021 Standards Review Program, and for their plans to further capture stories of Bert Hinkler through oral histories,” Rebekah said.
Did you know?
One of Bert Hinkler’s gliders was built using recycled materials, including his mother’s ironing board and his brother’s bicycle wheels? Bert designed and constructed a steam chambered rib wing in 1912 and this was used in both of his gliders. Learn more about this unique wing and the gliders at Hinkler Hall of Aviation.