Two Northern Territory groups will receive grants to help preserve the territory’s heritage following the announcement of the 2009 Community Heritage Grants.

The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $11 000 to two community groups in 2009. The groups include museums, libraries, historical societies, migrant and religious organisations. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

The recipients of the grants are the Strehlow Research Centre, which received $5 000 for a significance assessment of the collection, and the Jilimara Arts & Crafts Association, which received $6 000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Tiwi Art Collection in the Muluwurri Museum.

Recipients attend a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

National Library Director-General Jan Fullerton said the Community Heritage Grants program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities.

“It is all about working together to help spread the message that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” she said.

“Through sharing this knowledge, the information can be taken back to the communities where it is most needed to ensure that local heritage collections are still there for future generations.”

The grant money is used for significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation treatments, preservation training, digitisation, and purchasing quality storage materials or environmental monitoring equipment.

The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library
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Contacts:
Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704; 0401 226 697; shopman@nla.gov.au
Dianne Dahlitz, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147; ddahlitz@nla.gov.au

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Strehlow Research Centre received $5 000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection contains sacred ceremonial objects and their documentation (including Aboriginal song and stories); film; photographs; field diaries; Aboriginal site maps; and the personal and professional correspondence of Professor Carl Strehlow, and relates to his study of the Aboriginal people of Central Australia.

Jilimara Arts & Crafts Association received $6 000 for a preservation needs assessment of the Tiwi Art Collection in the Muluwurri Museum. The collection of significant items relating to Tiwi history and ceremonial activity includes artworks, carvings, murals, photographs, and armbands used by indigenous dancers during the funeral ceremony.