Six South Australian groups will receive grants to help preserve the state’s heritage following the announcement of the 2010 Community Heritage Grants.
The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $41,300 to six community groups and organisations around the state in 2010. The groups include museums, historical societies and societies. Each will receive funds to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
South Australian grants include $13,600 to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia to digitise their geographical and historical records; the Port Dock Station Railway Museum received $ 11,300 for archival storage equipment and materials for the collection; and Women and Children’s Hospital History and Heritage Committee which received $4,400 for a significance assessment of the collection.
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 Acting Director-General Warwick Cathro said the Community Heritage Grants program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, to encourage and assist communities to care for the nation’s heritage, whether held in capital cities, regional centres or remote areas.
“These grants are a reminder that if we don’t preserve our history now, it could be lost forever,” he said.
“The national collecting institutions that support this program are delighted that practical assistance is being provided to communities to ensure that their 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 archival- 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 Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office for the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.
Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection of artefacts associated with the life of explorer Charles Sturt, housed in the colonial home of Sturt ‘the Grange’ includes furniture, artworks and documents.
Port Dock Station Railway Museum (SA) Inc received $11,300 for archival storage materials for the collection. The collection comprises archives, photographs, slides, ephemera, locomotive hardware and uniforms representing the history of both the South Australian Railways and the Commonwealth Railways, and their respective institutions.
Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Inc received $13,600 for the digitisation of the Society’s geographical and historical resources. The collection of monographs, journals, manuscripts, maps, photographs and objects reflects the history of the discovery, description and settlement of Australia. The project will create greater access to the collection via the Internet.
St John Ambulance Australia SA Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection contains a wide variety of items pertaining to first aid and to the development of first aid in Australia. Highlights of the collection are ambulance litters; manuals; medical equipment; uniforms; photographs and a motorbike and sidecar used as a First Aid Unit.
South Australian Aviation Museum received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes aircraft, photographs, uniforms and models reflecting the history of aviation in Australia. Many collection items are associated with significant events such as the Maralinga Atomic Tests and the Woomera rocket launch, as well as notable Australian aviators.
Women’s and Children’s Hospital History and Heritage Committee received $4,400 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection reflects the diverse history of the hospital from the 1880s to the present. Collection items include medical instruments, nursing uniforms, hospital equipment, artworks and posters.