$48,000 for regional museums

The NSW Government will provide almost $48,000 for 19 projects to improve and expand collections and facilities at small community-based museums across the state.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the NSW Government is proud to support local community museums, which play a vibrant role in showcasing local history and culture.

“The Government is committed to supporting our state’s small community-based museums with these grants which will help improve the quality of collections and exhibitions and lead to more rewarding experiences for visitors,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government is proud to invest in learning and cultural opportunities for the community.”

Museums & Galleries (M&G NSW) on behalf of Arts NSW administer the Volunteer Initiated Museum (VIM) Small Grants and Development Project Grants programs.

The VIM Small Grants fund short-term collection-based projects, while VIM Development Project Grants fund strategic projects such as initiatives to develop volunteers’ skills.

VIM Small Grants

Thedbo Ski Museum: $1,630 for a new display cabinet.

Canowindra Historical Museum: $1,334 for the preservation and storage of historic dresses.

Ungarie Museum: $600 for interpretive signage for the museum’s machinery display.

Illawarra Museum: $1,818 for the workshop on disaster prevention.

Dungog Museum: $2,000 for a new mannequin case.

Hay Gaol Museum: $655 for upgrading fluorescent lighting

Clarence Town and District Historical Museum: $1,809 for new display showcases.

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum: $1,318 for an entrance display mural.

Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit: $2,000 for a self-guided exhibit tour booklet.

Gilgandra Rural Museum: $1,000 for upgrading the WW11 exhibition in the Alan Wise Gallery

McCrossins Mill Museum, Uralla: $1,149 for new shelving and equipment.

Wentworth Pioneer Museum: $2,000 for new display cabinets.

Ulladulla Fossil Display Centre: $1,960 for new signage and labels

Don Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Historical Society Museum, Dorrigo: $1,200 for shelving to install a display of local objects related to domesticity and the dairy and timber industries.

VIM Development Project Grants

Holbrook Submarine Museum: $7,500 for a consultant to create strategic plans for six museums in the region.

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum: $4,000 for a consultant to develop a strategic plan for the museum.

Broken Hill Historical Society Museum: $5,100 for a consultant to undertake an assessment of the collections at the society’s museums: Synagogue of the outback Museum, Silverton Gaol Museum, Silverton Educational School Museum and the Mosque.

Gerringong Historical Museum: $5,460 for a consultant to conduct a report and significance assessment of the museum’s collection.

Old Courthouse Museum, Bateman’s Bay: $5,058 to build on the museum’s strategic plan, provide materials for a museum educator, expand volunteers’ skills, develop new programs and build the collection.

Service organisations play important roles in the areas of advocacy, capacity building, communications and support. Arts NSW provides significant funding to peak bodies and service organisations to provide these specialist services in NSW. 

For further information about Arts NSW devolved funding, please click here

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Published: 27 January 2016