Scienceworks General Manager to retire

07 February, 2013

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Genevieve Fahey, Manager of Scienceworks
Source: Museum Victoria

Genevieve Fahey, Manager of Scienceworks, has announced her retirement after 26 years with Museum Victoria.

Genevieve has been with Scienceworks since its inception. In 1988 Genevieve was a member of the project team that developed the plans for the new science and technology museum, and she managed one of the first exhibitions that opened Scienceworks in 1992.  Since then Genevieve had various roles in management until taking up the position of Manager, Scienceworks, in August 2003.

Patrick Greene, CEO of Museum Victoria said: “Genevieve will be keenly missed.  Her passion and commitment has been the driving force behind Scienceworks’ continuous growth into an award winning destination for Victorian families and schools. Her strong leadership in science, programs and exhibitions has ensured that our visitors have had fantastic, interactive adventures whilst learning about the science and technology in their world.”

Genevieve’s career began with the study of geology and education at Melbourne University where she completed Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Science Education degrees. 

Following a year teaching science at Frankston High School Genevieve worked as a geologist for the Northern Territory Geological Survey.  Returning to Victoria, and teaching briefly, she was seconded to Museum Victoria as an education officer in 1987 before she became a key part of the museum’s development team of the site of Victoria’s heritage listed Pumping Station in Spotswood.

Some of Genevieve’s key achievements at Scienceworks include;

  • developing Scienceworks to become the most visited science museum in Australia,
  • bringing international exhibitions to Scienceworks such as Star Trek, Wallace and Gromit and Star Wars. (The Star Wars Exhibition broke the annual attendance record at Scienceworks with the numbers of visitors exceeding 500,000 for the first time in 2009),
  • creating a temporary AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) approved quarantined facility within the exhibition galleries for a spider exhibition in 1998,
  • creating exhibitions that have toured to museums all around Australia and New Zealand, and
  • Scienceworks being accepted into the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame for winning its category three times in a row.

After almost ten years running Scienceworks, Genevieve is looking forward to an exciting move to Queensland where she will spend more time with her family and enjoy new challenges.

“My time at Scienceworks has been far more than a job,” Genevieve Fahey said. “It has been hugely rewarding to be part of an organisation committed to providing Victorians with a memorable insight into the science and technology in their everyday lives.  We have had so many wonderful exhibitions and programs here over the years and we are now welcoming parents that visited here as children.”

Genevieve will finish at Scienceworks at the end of February 2013. The recruitment process for a new General Manager of Scienceworks is underway.

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Emily Gurr on 03 9392 4865, 0400 130 675 or at egurr@museum.vic.gov.au
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