$20,000 for small community museum projects

Courtesy Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum.

Courtesy Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum.

Small community-based museums across NSW will receive a share of $20,000 for 13 projects that aim to improve facilities and exhibitions.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the Government is proud to support community museums that play a vital role in preserving and exhibiting local history and culture. “These Volunteer Initiated Museum grants will improve facilities and collections and help create more rewarding experiences for visitors,” Mr Grant said.

“Our Government honours the valuable role played by volunteers at local community museums who put so much time and effort into preserving and presenting collections for visitors to enjoy.”

The projects are administered by Museums and Galleries NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.

The successful projects under round one of the 2016 Volunteer Initiated Grants program are:

• Alison Homestead, Wyong: $1,812 for a picture hanging system for installation in the Museum

Batlow Historical Museum: $1,711 for shelving units to improve storage facilities for the collection

Bermagui Museum: $1,850 to develop nine interpretive wall display panels depicting Aboriginal history and settlement of Bermagui and its surrounds

Greens Gunyah Museum, Lockhart: $1,000 for archival materials to audit and store paper-based, photographic and textiles collections to ensure a sustainable collection

Land of Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre, Glen Innes: $1,490 for specialised storage for artefacts at museum best practice standards

Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park: $2,000 to establish a small artefacts storage centre to create a stable environment for the museum’s artefacts and technical publications

Stone Cottage and Bicentennial Museum, Maclean: $500 to store and display a donated set of historical photographs documenting construction of the Yamba breakwall

Nyngan Museum: $1,638 for glass cabinets to display vintage dolls, toys, ledgers and newspapers

Old School Museum, Merimbula: $1,840 to supply and install a dehumidifier to protect the museum’s collection from moisture degradation

Port Macquarie Historical Museum: $950 for archival storage materials for the Port Macquarie Historical Society’s photographs and improve management of the collection

Scone Museum: $1,800 to upgrade and expand the museum’s current World War I display cases

Sulphide Street Railway & Historical Museum, Broken Hill: $2,000 to complete interpretive museum signage for the Silverton Tramway Company historical display

Taralga Historical Society Museum: $1,783 for an interpretive audio commentary system at the museum’s Heritage Shed recorded by members associated with the donated artefacts.

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Published: 20 July 2016