Mechanics' Institutes Australia 2018
Celebration and Survival
16-18 November 2018
Call for Papers - open until 31 July 2018
Conference site: Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute
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Celebration and Survival: Mechanics' Institutes Australia 2018
The joint purpose of MIA 2018 will be to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria Inc. and the staging of a National Conference of like groups.
The Conference will cover subjects on history, success, maintenance, utilisation and ideas and will explore a way forward for Mechanics’ Institutes and their ilk.
It will also commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, for most Institute Halls hold World War I related Honour Boards, plaques, photos or other memorabilia.
The Conference itself will provide and consolidate a State and national focus in the context of international research largely by way of the Mechanics’ Universities.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The organisers are pleased to invite Papers for the Mechanics’ Institutes Australia 2018 Conference at Ballarat, Victoria, 16-18 November 2018.
The theme is Celebration and Survival and we welcome Papers in these ranging areas.
This year Celebrates: the 20th Anniversary of the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria; and the centenary of the Armistice of World War I, an event which was celebrated in many Institute Halls, a great number of which hold Honour Rolls. It also celebrates the great International Mechanics’ Institute Movement which was largely spawned from the foundation of the Edinburgh School of Arts in 1821 and the resultant legacy of the thousands of Institutes that still exist around the world in their various forms.
And for Survival, we would welcome ways and means—past, present and future—of how Institutes have Survived, and will continue to Survive into the future. (It is noted that the whole of the Saturday afternoon will be made over to a joint session on the Maintenance, Management, Marketing and Survival of Institutes with a range of specialist presenters.)
We would also welcome Papers on events, organisations, people and/or activities that generally took place in Institutes or notable legal cases connected with them. Talks are to be 20mins long (or about 3000 words), but longer Papers will be accepted for publication in the Conference Proceedings.
Mechanics’ Institutes Australia 2018 is being sponsored by the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria Inc. and is being supported by the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Inc., Government of Victoria, Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute Inc., The Melbourne Athenaeum Incorporated and J. Furphy & Sons.
The Conference will be held at Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat over three days 16-18 November 2018. Papers will be presented at one of three parallel sessions and will be printed prior to the event. (19 November is a tour of Melbourne Institutes.)
Proposals for Papers, including title and an abstract of no more than 200 words, with a biographical note and portrait should be emailed to Bron Lowden: firstname.lastname@example.org who is coordinating the production of the Proceedings.
The Closing Date for Abstracts is 31 July 2018 and these will be acknowledged as accepted. The final Paper must be submitted by 30 September 2018 in electronic format to the above address or MIA 2018 Conference Secretariat, 29 Lisbeth Avenue, Donvale, V 3111, Australia. This will enable presentation of your Paper at MIA 2018. A referencing and style guide will be distributed for Papers.
Please direct inquires to: Jim Lowden (email@example.com)
It is understood that by submitting a paper, it will be compiled in a Conference Proceedings to be produced prior to the conference. Copyright of individual papers will remain with the author(s); copyright of the Conference Proceedings collection will be the Mechanics’ Institutes of Victoria Inc.
FRIDAY – 16 NOVEMBER 2018
0800 - Registration
0900 - Welcome
Opening Keynote, Siân Williams, Swansea University, Wales; 'South Wales Miners’ Library: Saving the Memory'
1030 - 1530- Papers
1545 - Bus Tour
Visit to State Library Store at Mt Helen; Buninyong Mechanics’ Institute
1900 - Miners Rest Hall - Barbecue
2130 - Return to Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute with various Hotel drop-offs
SATURDAY – 17 NOVEMBER 2018
0730 - Registration
0800 - Building Tour
0900 - Papers
1100 - Keynote, Michele Frey; 'Halls of New Zealand'
1200 - Lunch
1300 - 1700 Mechanics’ Institutes - Survival Workshop.
Sessions include: Charitable Status; Crown Land Halls; Grant-writing; Hall Maintenance and Management; Insurance; Shire-Wide Hall Assistance Program; Institute Activity and Event success stories - Case Studies.
1900 - Dinner: Celebration and Commemoration
SUNDAY – 18 NOVEMBER 2018
0800 - Registration/Building Tour
0900 - Papers
1100 - Keynote
1200 - Lunch
1300 - 1600 Papers
1630 - Panel
1700 - Close
additional conference events
MONDAY – 19 NOVEMBER - TOUR OF MELBOURNE INSTITUTES
0830 - Bus departs from Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute
Visits to Melbourne Atheneaum Library; Footscray Mechanics’ Institute; Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute; Dancehouse – Carlton; Prahran Mechanics’ Institute. Those joining the tour in Melbourne will need to be at the Melbourne Athenaeum, 188 Collins St, at 9.45am. Bus returns to Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute following tour of Prahran.
MONDAY – 19 NOVEMBER - PUBLIC LECTURE
Sponsored by State Library Users’ Organisation Council
Moss Theatre, Prahran Mechanics’ Institute, 39 St Edmonds Rd, 7.30pm
Conference Keynote Speakers will deliver alternative papers.
THURSDAY – 22 NOVEMBER
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW
Conference Keynote Speakers will deliver alternative papers.
Michele Frey is an experienced community development consulting professional based in New Zealand. She is also the Co-Author of ‘On a Saturday Night - Community Halls of Small Town New Zealand’, her third publication made possible through her passion and commitment to really understand and capture the essence of these places. Through her work she could see that these places in some contexts are alive and kicking, incredible parts of society. In others they are on the cusp of being replaced with something far ‘flashier', or simply demolished. So what makes them go one way or the other? Based on this research, Michele will share her view on the key mechanisms for their long term prosperity.
Siân Williams is Head of Research Collections at Swansea University, and manages the South Wales Miners' Library and the Richard Burton Archives. She has led or contributed to numerous successful externally funded bids, including digitisation projects and community based exhibitions, collaborating with community organisations and museum, library and archive professionals. In 2013 she co-authored, with Hywel Francis, 'Do Miners Read Dickens? Origins and Progress of the South Wales Miners' Library 1973-2013', which was published by Parthian.
Siân is co-chair of the Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum Archives & Special Collections Group; a Trustee of the Paul Robeson Wales Trust; and Secretary of Llafur: the Welsh People's History Society.
Whole Conference -
Member Full Rate............................................$275.00
Early Bird – Until 1 September 2018...............$225.00
Whole Conference - Non-Member
Non-Member Full Rate...................................$325.00
Early Bird – Until 1 September 2018..............$275.00
Whole Conference - Non-Member
Friday OR Saturday OR Sunday..................... $125.00
Saturday Program Only
Institute Delegate ...........................................$30.00
(including Survival Workshop, lunch, one set of notes;
price per person, max 2 people per Institute at this rate)
Saturday Night Dinner.....................................$70.00
Monday Post-Conference Bus Tour ................$60.00
Additional (non registrants) attendance
Friday Afternoon Bus Tour .............................$20.00
Friday Night Barbecue .....................................$25.00
WHOLE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INCLUSIONS
- Attendance Friday, Saturday and Sunday for all keynotes, papers, panels and workshops
- Friday Bus Tour and Barbecue at Miners Rest Hall
Pay for Registration Online>>>
Travel & Accommodation Guide
Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) has hourly shuttles 24/7 to Ballarat which leave from Terminal 4 Multi-storey Car Park, Ground Floor Bus Bay 14. The cost is AUD$37 one way and the trip takes about 75 minutes and drops off at the Ballarat Railway Station an easy walk to the listed hotels. Website: airportshuttlebus.com.au
Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) has shuttle buses every ten minutes with run into Melbourne (Southern Cross) at a cost of AUD$20.
There are also regular trains from Melbourne (Southern Cross) to Ballarat and the trip takes about seventy minutes.
Public Transport by tram around the Melbourne CBD is free. Otherwise it requires the purchase of a MYKI card which can be purchased at Southern Cross or online.
BALLAARAT MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE
117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat, V 3350
Website: ballaratmi.org.au; Telephone: +61 3 5331 3042
Ballarat Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, 225 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central. Website: visitballarat.com.au; Telephone: +61 3 5337 4337.
Central Square, 18 Armstrong Street, Ballarat: Early Bird (before 11am), Friday $7.00; Saturday- Sunday $4.00. Website: centralsquareballarat.com.au
Armstrong Street North, East side
Street Parking is Free on Sunday.
ANSONIA ON LYDIARD
32 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat. No Carparking. About: AUD$125 per night
Website: www.theansoniaonlydiard.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)3 5332 4678
CRAIG’S ROYAL HOTEL
10 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat. Carparking. About: AUD$250 per night
Website: www.craigsroyal.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)3 5331 1377
HERITAGE ON LYDIARD
15 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. Carparking. About: AUD$175 per night
Website: www.heritageonlydiard.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)3 5327 2777
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. About: AUD$150 per night
Website: theprovincialballarat.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)3 5331 3399
27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. Carparking. About: AUD$150 per night
Website: www.georgehotelballarat.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)3 5327 2777
A bus will leave Ballarat on Monday morning 19 November for participants in the Melbourne day tour.
MELBOURNE ATHENAEUM LIBRARY (FIRST FLOOR)
Melbourne Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne, V 3000
Website: melbourneathenaeum.org.au; Telephone: +61 3 9650 3100
Melbourne Visitor Centre, Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne. Telephone: +61 3 9658 9658
The listed hotels are located in Melbourne CBD and close to the Melbourne Athenaeum.
353 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$150 per night
Website: www.causeway.com.au/causeway-353-hotel-melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9668 1888
MANTRA ON RUSSELL (Serviced Apartment)
222 Russell Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$200 per night
Website: www.mantraonrussell.com.au/home/; Telephone: +61 3 9915 2500
NOVOTEL ON COLLINS STREET
270 Collins Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$170 per night
Website: www.novotelmelbourne.com.au; Telephone: +61 3 9667 5800
OAKS ON COLLINS (Serviced Apartment)
480 Collins Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$200 per night
Website: www.oakshotels.com/en/oaks-on-collins; Telephone: 1300 786 603
328 Flinders Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$150 per night
Website: www.rendezvoushotels.com/hotel/melbourne; Telephone: +61 3 9250 1888
SWANSTON GRAND MERCURE
195 Swanston Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$120 per night
Website: www.theswanstonhotel.com.au; Telephone: +61 3 9663 4711
VICTORIA HOTEL (RYDGES)
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$150 per night
Website: www.rydges.com/accommodation/melbourne-vic/the-victoria-hotel; Tel: +61 1800 026370
205 Collins Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$250 per night
Website: www.westinmelbourne.com; Telephone: +61 3 9635 222
Regular train services run from Sydney Airport to the Sydney CBD. There is also Melbourne-Sydney train service from Southern Cross which takes 12 hours.
SYDNEY MECHANICS’ SCHOOL OF ARTS (FLOOR 3)
180 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Website: smsa.org.au; Telephone: +61 2 9262 7300
Sydney Visitor Centre, 12-24 Playfair Street – Shop 1-2, The Rocks Centre, The Rocks, Sydney. Website: www.therocks.com/things-to-do/sydney-visitor-centre/
Telephone: 1800 067 676 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The listed Hotels are located in the Sydney CBD and close to the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.
169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. About: AUD$150 per night
Website: www.thecastlereagh.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)2 9284 1000
5-7 Park Street, Sydney. About: AUD$120 per night
Website: www.hotelcoronation.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)2 9266 3100
528 Kent Street, Sydney. About: AUD$200 per night
Website: www.meritonsuites.com.au/our-hotels/nsw/sydney-cbd/kent-street/; Telephone: +61 (0)2 8263 5500
329 Pitt Street, Sydney. About: AUD$385 per night
Website: www.meritonsuites.com.au/our-hotels/nsw/sydney-cbd/pitt-street/suites/; Telephone: +61 (0)2 8263 7400
PARK REGIS CITY CENTER
27 Park Street, Sydney
Website: www.parkregiscitycentre.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)2 9267 6511
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