Three Tasmanian 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 $16,400 to three community groups and organisations around the state in 2010. The groups include museums, church and Indigenous groups. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections
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Tasmanian highlights include $4,000 to the Uniting Church in Australia, Wesley Hobart, for a significance assessment of the Wesleyan Library Collection, $4,000 to the Mersey Leven Aboriginal Corporation for a significance assessment of the Tiagarra Collection and $8,400 to the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) for environmental control equipment, archival storage materials and scanning of Tasmania’s built heritage picture 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.

Contacts:
Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704; 0401 226 697; shopman@nla.gov.au
Dianne Dahlitz, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147; chg@nla.gov.au


TASMANIA

Mersey Leven Aboriginal Corporation received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Tiagarra collection. The collection of artefacts, including stone tools and material types, spears, shell necklaces, food sources and water craft, illustrate everyday life of early Tasmanian Aborigines and their interaction with European settlers in 1803.

National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) received $8,400 for environmental control equipment, archival storage materials and to scan the pictorial collection. This large collection of photographs, slides and prints documents the built heritage of Tasmania. Over 8,000 buildings are represented and the collection documents Tasmanian urban and rural buildings from the 1800s to the present.

Uniting Church in Australia, Wesley Hobart received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The document collection contains the remains of the collection of the first public library in Australia (1825) as well as hymn books, music collection, large bibles and the archives of the Methodists Conferences and the Missionary Register.