Running the museum

Campbell McConnell of Madeley (left) and Tapping resident Andrew Swanson (right) at the WA Museum with history curator Stephen Anstey and a toy train from the Museum’s ECU Museum of Childhood collection.         Pictures: Jeff Atkinson
Campbell McConnell of Madeley (left) and Tapping resident Andrew Swanson (right) at the WA Museum with history curator Stephen Anstey and a toy train from the Museum’s ECU Museum of Childhood collection.        Pictures: Jeff Atkinson

Sixty people from a range of WA locations were picked to offer advice on the new project, with works on the $428.3 million building expected to begin next year.

Four panels of science and culture enthusiasts will take part.

They will be divided into a People�s Panel, Access and Inclusion Panel, Children and Young People Panel and Teacher and Educators Panel.

Some of the local people involved include:

Andrew Swanson (Tapping): The former plumber joins the People�s Panel, having worked on archaeological sites in Israel and travelled extensively. He maintains a keen interest in history and archaeology.

Monica Seeber (Craigie): The mother of two autistic children was chosen for the Access and Inclusion Panel. As a person with a disability, she has worked with others with disabilities and in the not-for-profit sector.

Nicola Sabatino (Iluka): The high school science teacher will form part of the Teacher and Educators Panel. Having spent five years as a science communicator before becoming a teacher, she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge on how to create an engaging experience with science.

Paul O�Brien (Marmion): Also selected for the Teachers and Educators Panel, the primary school teacher has worked in different countries and visited museums worldwide.

Campbell McConnell (Madeley): With a passion for history and nature, he feels at home in museums and is keen to advise on behalf of his peers while on the Children and Young People Panel.