Mechanics' Institutes Australia 2018

Celebration and Survival

16-18 November 2018

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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.

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS

 

**The Call for Papers has officially closed. However, if you were interested in submitting a paper or presenting, and have not advised us yet, please email the below address as we may still have spaces available for more presentations**

 

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: mia2018@mivic.org.au who is coordinating the production of the Proceedings.

 

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 (mia2018@mivic.org.au)

 

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

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

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 -

MIV/AMISA/SMSA Member

Member Full Rate............................................$275.00

 

Whole Conference - Non-Member

Non-Member Full Rate...................................$325.00

 

Whole Conference - Non-Member

Non-Member Senior.......................................$275.00

 

Single Day

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)

 

Optional Activities

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.

 

BALLARAT

 

BALLAARAT MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE

117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat, V 3350

Website: ballaratmi.org.au; Telephone: +61 3 5331 3042

 

TOURIST INFORMATION:

Ballarat Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, 225 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central. Website: visitballarat.com.au; Telephone: +61 3 5337 4337.

 

Visitor Sites: Sovereign Hill; Gold Museum; Art Gallery of Ballarat; Ballarat Botanical Gardens; Kryal Castle; Sovereign Hill Blood on the Southern Cross Sound & Light Show

 

LONGTERM PARKING

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.

 

HOTELS

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

Email: info@craigsroyal.com.au

 

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

Email: info@heritageonlydiard.com.au;

 

PROVINCIAL HOTEL

121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. About: AUD$150 per night

Website: theprovincialballarat.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)3 5331 3399

Email: bookings@theprovincialballarat.com.au.

 

THE GEORGE

27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat. Carparking.  About: AUD$150 per night

Website: www.georgehotelballarat.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)3 5327 2777

Email: bookings@georgehotelballarat.com.au.

 

 

MELBOURNE

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

 

TOURISM INFORMATION

Melbourne Visitor Centre, Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne. Telephone: +61 3 9658 9658

 

HOTELS

The listed hotels are located in Melbourne CBD and close to the Melbourne Athenaeum.

 

CAUSEWAY 353

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

 

RENDEZVOUS HOTEL

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

 

WESTIN MELBOURNE

205 Collins Street, Melbourne. About: AUD$250 per night

Website: www.westinmelbourne.com; Telephone: +61 3 9635 222

 

 

SYDNEY

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

 

TOURISM INFORMATION:

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: nswinfo@ausvc.com.au

 

HOTELS

The listed Hotels are located in the Sydney CBD and close to the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts.

 

CASTLEREAGH BOUTIQUE

169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. About: AUD$150 per night

Website: www.thecastlereagh.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)2 9284 1000

 

HOTEL CORONATION

5-7 Park Street, Sydney. About: AUD$120 per night

Website: www.hotelcoronation.com.au; Telephone: +61 (0)2 9266 3100

 

MERITON APARTMENTS

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

 

MERITON APARTMENTS

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

 

 

Thank you to our supporters

 

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT

Jim Lowden

29 Lisbeth Ave, Donvale VIC 3111

 

Ph: (03) 9873 7202

 

Email: mia2018@mivic.org.au

 

 

 

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