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Project 1: Dedicated lighting system for galleries

Project 2: Design and Construction of displays on Geology, Colonisation and Evolution of Lord Howe Island

Project 3: Display on Scientific interest in Lord Howe Island

Project 4: Upgrade to Digital services to the museum


The Lord Howe Island Museum is run by a volunteer committee and volunteerss daily man the reception dek. To Improve exhibits and facilities the Museum relies og the generous support of sponsors and volunteers. All donations and sponsorships are tax deductible. 


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Project 1: Dedicated lighting system for galleries

Dedicated lighting system for galleries

We are excited at the prospect of nearing completion of the displays within both the Historical Gallery and the Environmental Gallery. This has only been achieved through the generous support from Arts NSW, the LHI Board and many private sponsors.

Plans are now underway to upgrade the lighting system in the galleries to highlight these displays. Lighting engineer John Considine has kindly offered to prepare a lighting plan for the galleries, and we are seeking sponsors to purchase and install the recommended system.

We are keen to complete this project by the end of winter.

Funds sought $20,000.

We would love to find a major sponsor, but all donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible.

NOTE: Kelly and Jan Crowle of Byron Bay have just donated half of the amount required.



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Project 2: Design and Construction of displays on Geology, Colonisation and Evolution of Lord Howe Island

Design and Construction of displays on Geology, Colonisation and Evolution of Lord Howe Island

GEOLOGY  - The geological formation of Lord Howe Island from hotspot volcanic activity 7 million years ago is an amazing story - more so when you realise just two percent of the original remains today!!

COLONISATION - One of the great stories of Life on Earth is how plants and animals manage to cross hundreds of kilometres of open ocean to colonise the remote islands scattered across vast oceans thousands of kilometres wide. Organisms have to either swim, float, fly, drift in air currents or hitch a ride in or on flying animals such as birds or bats.

EVOLUTION - It is a chance event that organisms reach remote islands and establish a population- and they can quickly adapt to the local environmental conditions and evolve into new species. Lord Howe Island has over one half of its plants that have done just this, and about two thirds of its invertebrate animnals also. 

These are major stories needing detailed design and production for display within the Museum

NEWS!!! In 2012 Arts NSW allocated a grant of $60,000 to the Lord Howe Island Museum to complete these displays. Local designers, artists, photographers and builders have been contracted to design and install these exciting new displays. Display panels are up on the wall and the finishing touches are now being prepared for completion by March 2014.

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Project 3: Display on Scientific interest in Lord Howe Island

Display on Scientific interest in Lord Howe Island

The aim of the display is to highlight the long tradition of scientific interest in Lord Howe Island, which culminated with World Heritage status in 1982 and is the basis for the high conservation management of the Island today.

The story starts with the early British sailors visiting in 1788 and making notes in diaries, then naturalists painting some of the birds, and the first scientific collecting in 1853 by scientists on board the British survey ship HMS Herald.

The Australian Museum and Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens have had the strongest scientific link with Lord Howe Island of any institution. The Botanic Gardens first visit was in 1869 and the Australian Museum 1887. This long association by these two institutions continued through to the 1970’s with the Environmental Surveys that were the basis for World Heritage listing in 1982. Research by these institutions continues today.

The display will have several layers of interest:

  1. concise text, photographs and design to engage the viewer and broadly tell the story. Produced on high gloss aluminium panels for durability.
  2. an original science display case from the Australian Museum containing specimens, drawings and scientists equipment to evoke the feeling of the scientist out in the field. This includes some original historical items such as Alan McCulloch’s portable typewriter and several of his watercolour sketches; plus bird skins and plant specimens.
  3. video monitor to allow for regular updating of the stories as new research continues on the Island.

The display will be designed as an integral part of the total environmental displays and complete the environmental story of Lord Howe Island.

Estimated cost for research, design, purchase of equipment and photographic content, construction of storyboards and installation: $8,965


NEWS!! We now have sponsors for this project. Mary and Robin from Kaui, regular Lord Howe Island Visitors have sponsored this project- working on for 2014. 

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Project 4: Upgrade to Digital services to the museum

Upgrade to Digital services to the museum

To protect all digital assets of the Museum requires a robust computer system to be installed and set up.

The Museum has a photographic collectioin with around 4,000 images that have been scanned and catalogued. All currently held books, magazines, journals, letters and notebooks are being catalogued for easy access by museum staff and researchers. The museum also wishes to make these assets avaialble to the public through access on iPads and large tv screens.

The computers system needs to be robust and include backup systems to prevent loss through drive failure, plus off site backup systems. 


NEWS!!  This projects has been completed in 2012. The Museum committee allocated funds for hardware purchase with assistance from Lyn Gilbert, Tania Sorrell, Adrian Farrow and Elizabeth Chye.

And Peter van Dijk of Galexia Pty Ltd generously donated hundreds of hours of his time and expertise to set this system up. It includes a server with two office iMacs; a wifi system throughout the building for displays, an internet wifi hotspot for visitors to use with three of our dedicated internet iMacs or people can use their own device. Two 55 inch television monitors are used to show video documentaries, photographs, documents etc. The system has multiple backups and is maintained by Peter van Dijk in Sydney.



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