A VISITING Curtin University doctorate student assessing the significance of the Esperance Museum has commended the collection, its archives and those involved with its preservation.
Cathy Day visited the Esperance Museum from October 20 until October 23 as part of a doctorate on the topic of the social and cultural sustainability of 20 WA community museums.
Mrs Day, assisted by Esperance residents, will determine the importance of the collection and the contribution the museum makes to the community.
A dozen people attended a talk by Mrs Day on Monday morning where she said Esperance had adapted to digitalisation of documentation extremely well.
“Esperance has one of the best database systems I have seen in a community museum,” Mrs Day said.
Mrs Day said that her comparative analysis of the local collection with other WA museums would highlight the national stories that Esperance is helping to tell through their display.
Mrs Day and Esperance Museum Curator Wendy Plunkett calculated that the museum has attracted 12,056 visitors from October 17, 2011 until October 22, 2012.
“You are making a big impact to Esperance, not just economically but also in that visitors can get an idea of what Esperance is about very quickly from viewing the collection,” Mrs Day said.
The Esperance Historical Society encourages community members to get involved with preserving the