Three Northern Territory groups will receive grants to help preserve the territory’s heritage following the announcement of the 2008 Community Heritage Grants.

The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $16 500 to three community groups in 2008. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.

Northern Territory highlights include $7 000 to the Northern Territory Library for training in preserving and exhibiting photographic materials and $5 000 to PAW Media and Communications for a significance assessment of the Warlpiri Media Archive.Jilamara Arts and Crafts also received $4 500 for a significance assessment of the Tiwi Art Collection in the Mulwurri Museum on Melville Island.

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.

Sally Hopman, Media Liaison Manager, 02 6262 1704; 0401 226 697;
Erin Stephens, CHG Coordinator, 02 6262 1147;


Northern Territory Library received $7 000 for training in handling, housing, preserving and exhibiting paper and photographic materials. The photographic collection provides a pictorial record of the geographical, historical and social development of life in the Northern Territory. It is the major public reference and research library in the Territory.

Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association received $4 500 for a significance assessment of the Tiwi Art Collection in the Mulwurri Museum. Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association is an indigenous owned, non-profit organisation based at Milikapiti, a remote Aboriginal community on Melville Island. It operates as an art centre and currently supports up to 60 artists. The Mulwurri Museum was established as a ‘keeping place’ for the Milikapiti community containing various works including photographs, carvings, artefacts and contemporary prints and paintings, some of which record techniques and elements of ceremony that have changed or are no longer used by the Tiwi people.

PAW Media and Communications received $5 000 for a significance assessment of the Warlpiri Media Archive. Warlpiri Media started at Yuendumu in 1983 and established the first Aboriginal TV station in Australia. The collection covers the areas of arts and crafts, community interviews, community meetings, country visits, documentary and news, education and language, health, land management and land rights, music concerts, oral histories, sport events, traditional dancing and Jukurrpa (law), traditional songs and Jukurrpa visits. The collection provides a continuous documentation of the community history of Yuendumu and the cultural activities of the Warlpiri people of Central Australia.