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Anaesth Intensive Care. 2008 Jul;36 Suppl 1:32-6.

From collection to museum: the development of the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History.

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Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Located at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) headquarters in Melbourne, Victoria, this internationally significant collection was founded in 1935 by renowned Australian anaesthetist Dr Geoffrey Kaye (1903 to 1986). Although it has always been referred to as a museum, it lacked the necessary management structure and infrastructure to meet museum standards. In March 2003, the first full-time professionally trained Museum Curator Ms Elizabeth Triarico, was employed by ANZCA to work with the Honorary Curator Dr Rod Westhorpe, and the Honorary Assistant Curator; Dr Christine Ball, to build on past achievements and to develop the collection into an accessible and relevant modern museum. Ms Triarico has extensive museum management experience with emphasis on management of major projects, collection management, strategic planning, marketing, interpretation and exhibition development. This paper outlines the management issues and innovative strategies involved in developing this important collection into a professionally managed museum based on best practice standards. It illustrates the benefits of introducing a clear vision and an agreed longterm management plan based on Museums Australia (Victoria) Museum Accreditation Program guidelines.

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