Eight South Australian groups will receive grants to help preserve the state’s heritage following the announcement of the 2009 Community Heritage Grants.
The successful and popular program is providing grants worth $42 709 to 8 community groups and organisations around the state in 2009. The groups include museums, libraries, historical societies and the National Trust. Each will receive funds to assist in the preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections.
Highlights include $12 100 to the South Australian Police Historical Society for environmental monitoring equipment and storage equipment and $2 393 to the Australian Meteorological Association Inc for the digital conversion of the Charles Todd’s Weather Folios collection. The National Trust of South Australia also received
$4 000 for a significance assessment of the ‘Collingrove’ photograph and archives collections.
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.
Australian Meteorological Association Inc received $2 393 for the digital conversion of the Charles Todd’s Weather Folios collection. This collection consists of the daily weather observations recorded by Sir Charles Todd , the Colony of South Australia’s first Meteorologist whose work spans 31 years from 1878 to 1909. Converting the printed text records to computer searchable data will enable the 65 bound volumes of weather maps, ships’ logs, letters and telegrams to be more accessible and prevent further handling of fragile original material.
Australian Electric Transport Museum (SA) Inc received $4 400 for a significance assessment of the collection. Consisting historic vehicles, electrical and mechanical components, as well as images and textiles, the collection reflects the history of Adelaide’s metropolitan tramway system from 1909.
Community History Programs, History Trust of South Australia received $8 800 to conduct a training workshop for volunteers and staff of local museums and historical societies. The workshop ‘Caring for Collections’ will deliver knowledge, information and skills and will assist participants to gain confidence in managing and caring for cultural material within their collections. The workshop will be conducted in Murray Bridge (SA) as in 2010 this rural city will be South Australia’s Regional Centre for Culture.
Mannum Dock Museum of River History received $4 934 for a preservation needs assessment of the collection. This collection is based on the river history of the Murray-Darling river systems, with a special emphasis on the Murray River and the Paddle Steamer ‘Marion’. As well as the ‘Marion” the collection includes other small boats and boat building tools, ship boilers, and photographs and documents relating to river life.
South Australian Police Historical Society received $12 100 for environmental monitoring equipment and for storage equipment. The collection reflects the history of policing in South Australia (and the Northern Territory) since 1838. Photographs, costumes and objects all demonstrate the history and development of policing in Australia.
City of Prospect - Library and Local History Collection received $3 300 for a preservation needs assessment and digitisation training workshop. The collection includes paintings, lithographs, photographs, maps and plans, archival records, objects, books, oral history recordings and films and manuscripts. Highlights of the collection are a painting by Richard Hayley Lever which reflects the interior of a middle-class home in Prospect in the 1890s and two lithographs by GF Angas which are early images of Indigenous inhabitants of the Coorong, the Ngarrindjeri people.
National Trust of South Australia received $4 000 for a significance assessment of the ‘Collingrove’ photograph and archives collections. ‘Collingrove’, built in 1852 was the family home of the Angas family for four generations. The photograph and archives collections include early photographs of family members, the buildings and gardens, local landscape and farm livestock. Within the archive collection are maps and plans, paintings and documents relating to the life of the family and the homestead over many years.
Holdfast Bay History Centre, City of Holdfast Bay Council received $4 500 for a preservation needs assessment of the History Centre collection. Consisting of photographs, paintings, maps and plans, newspaper cuttings, archived documents, cemetery registers, oral histories, films and publications the collection dates from the early 1800s, the collection reflects the development of the area from an early settlement to modern day seaside resort.