The Great Lakes Historical Cooperative Society has been awarded a $5,093 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a “Items of National Significance Project”. The grant was announced at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, on Tuesday 29 October 2013.
The GLHCS is one of 77 community groups and organizations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections. In addition Anne Barnett from the GLHCS attended a 3 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 Anne Barnett said “The grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the GLHCS’s collection of significant items at the grass roots level”.
Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG 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. The grant money is used for significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation treatments, preservation training, digitization and purchasing quality storage materials or environmental monitoring equipment. Roslyn Russell, a highly qualified Significance Assessor will assess our collection late April 2014.