The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) continues to trail blaze progression in the museum space, winning the Innovation category at the Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs) which took place on Friday night in Sydney.

MAGNAs’ award for innovation recognises a museum or gallery project that promotes pioneering and sustainable practices. M.A.D.E received the prestigious accolade in recognition of their Eureka 160 program, a series of over 30 events delivered in a five month period to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade.

Highlights of Eureka 160 included a Minecraft competition for under 18s where entrants recreated the Eureka Stockade using the sandbox independent video game; a Twitter competition which called on M.A.D.E’s followers to send in photos of the strangest places they had seen the Eureka Flag; and the museum’s stunning display of the 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition, a document containing 30,000 signatures and the popular Recreation of the Eureka Flag a living history community project where the flag was recreated stitch by stitch to real scale, using the original stitching methods.

The Innovation award also recognised M.A.D.E’s major improvements to their visitor experience including the launch of a new website and first app.

“The Eureka 160 program aimed to recognise the Eureka Stockade as a defining event in Australian history and was a fabulous example of creativity, collaboration and community engagement,” said M.A.D.E Director, Jane Smith.

“We are constantly striving to innovate and deliver the most interactive experience possible for our visitors,” she said.


The MAGNAs recognise excellent work nationally in the categories of exhibition, public programs and sustainability projects. The Awards are open to all Australian cultural collecting institutions that are members of Museums Australia and are intended to encourage the continuous improvement and development of Australian museums and galleries; inspire and recognise best practice and innovation in the collecting sector and enhance the profile of museums and galleries in local and wider communities.

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