Fifteen Victorian 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 $69,850 to 15 community groups and organisations around the state in 2010. The groups include museums, historical societies, local councils, multicultural and religious organisations. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community-owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
Victorian grants include $5,720 to the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society for a significance assessment of the collection; Marysville and District Historical Society received $8,250 for a significance assessment of the collection and collection management training; the Kuo Min Tang Society of Melbourne received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of Collections A & B; and Hume City Council received $5,000 to conduct collection care and handling workshops for staff from local libraries.
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.
Anglican Parish of Christ Church, Geelong received $4.000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The Church is the oldest in Victoria on its original site and in continuous use. The archives are a comprehensive record of the early development of the social, cultural and community life in Geelong dating from early settlement. Collection items include church records (registers), early bibles, photographs, etchings and architectural plans.
Arts Project Australia Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection of artworks by people with an intellectual disability includes works on paper, digital media, ceramics and prints. The archival records of the organisation are included in the collection.
Australian Racing Museum received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the collection. Reflecting the racing industry in Australia the collection comprises race books, photographs, fashion items and items relating to jockeys, trainers and horses.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Inc received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the archives. The collection documents the history of homosexuality in Australia as well as the development of the gay and lesbian community. Items of significance include oral history, clippings, photographs and scrapbooks.
Australian Multicultural Foundation received $3,000 for archival storage materials and equipment. The archive collection is dedicated to the history of recent multiculturalism in Australia. Items of significance include records and comments by many nationally significant Australians, including Prime Ministers and community and religious leaders.
Berry Street Victoria Inc received $4,000 for a significance assessment of the heritage archive. The archive includes documents relating to history of the organisation which has provided infant and family welfare services in Victoria since 1877. It includes client records and registers, training programs, press cuttings and photographs.
East Gippsland Historical Society Inc received $5,060 to conduct a significance assessment of the Dreier Family Photograph collection. This collection of photographs taken between 1920 and 1960 reflects the social life, buildings, people, and events of the region.
Echuca Historical Society Inc received $5,225 to conduct a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes artefacts, books and documents reflecting the history and development of the region, in particular, the early European settlement of the Murray River region, and the river port of Echuca.
Hume City Council received $5,000 for collection care and handling workshops for staff from local libraries. The training workshops will assist staff with cataloguing and preservation of local history/heritage collections.
Kuo Min Tang Society, Melbourne received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of Collections A (papers of the imperial and early Republic Chinese diplomatic representatives in Australia 1909-1929) and Collection B (papers from the Melbourne Consular office 1930-1949).
Marysville and District Historical Society received $8,250 for a significance assessment of the collection and collection management training workshops. This collection is being developed through donations of material following the loss of the original collection in the Victorian bushfires of 2009. The project will assist the Society with the development and management of this new collection.
Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society Inc received $5,720 for a significance assessment of the collection. The collection includes council documents dating from 1860; plans for local buildings, parks and structures; photographs, artworks and objects. The collection reflects the history and development of the Port Melbourne area.
Public Record Office Victoria received $7,800 for training workshops. The training program will provide skills to staff and volunteers from community organisations in digitising collection materials. Participants will learn how to develop a digitisation program for their collection, receive practical advice on the process and the management of the digital records.
Southern Health received $4,000 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. The collection of medical instruments, records, artefacts, photographs, furniture and artworks includes elements that reflect nationally significant individuals and medical and scientific achievement. Significant items include an embroidered cloth featuring the signatures of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and other significant Australians.
Women’s Art Register received $4,400 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. This nationally significant collection contains documents, articles, biographical information; slide kits and photographs pertaining to the lives of 2000 individual Australian women artists documenting the work of women artists in the history of Australian art.