The CHG program supports hundreds of heritage collections by providing community organisations with funding to employ practitioners to:
- Explain the meaning and value of their collections (a significance assessment)
- Outline the condition of their collections and create a plan to manage it (a preservation needs assessment)
There is further information on significance and the assessment process within Significance – A Guide to Assessing the Significance of Cultural Heritage Objects and Collections (PDF, 3.7mb).
Before recruiting an assessor, organisations should consider whether they are ready to undertake an effective, productive significance assessment. Use our handy questionnaire to get a sense of what’s needed before applying.
- Are you ready for a significance assessment? (DOCX, 203kb).
Recruiting an appropriate assessor or training provider
Once your organisation is ready for a significance assessment, you will need to recruit an appropriate consultant to undertake the assessment.
Depending on the type of collection you have, this may be
- An historian
- An archivist
- A museum curator
- A heritage librarian
- Or any similar expert with experience preparing significance assessments.
They will produce a written report that provides a statement of significance and a list of recommendations for future collection management.
Organisations applying for training projects will also need to identify an appropriate provider.
For further information, please read the CHG Guidelines.
Further information on recruiting significance assessors or training providers
Completed project summaries from previous years provide details of consultants who have undertaken significance assessments and training for recent CHG recipients. Contact the individual project contacts for advice on how they managed these consultancies.
The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) is a useful starting point for your search. You may also wish to explore the following resources to find an appropriate assessor:
- Australian Society of Archivists (contact email@example.com)
- Professional Historians Australia
New South Wales
- Museums & Galleries QLD Consultant & Supplier Register (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Queensland Museum Network
- AMaGA WA (contact email@example.com)
- History Trust of South Australia (contact the Community History Unit on 08 8203 9874)
Further information on preservation needs assessors
A preservation needs assessment should be undertaken by a qualified conservator. When selecting a conservator:
- Request a copy of their resume
- Ask for references from previous clients
- Ask for examples of previous work
- Check that they have appropriate insurance
The following resources will assist you to find a conservator: