Museum wins community heritage grant

Hawkesbury Regional Museum in Windsor has won a second Community Heritage Grant for a ‘Preservation Needs Assessment’ of its historic collection, as a continuation from a Significance Assessment Grant, which was awarded in 2016.

MuseumThe Community Heritage Grants program provides grants to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.

The grants assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant, publicly accessible collections of materials including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual materials.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert congratulated Museum staff for the successful grant application.

“Winning this $4,500 grant is important for our community as it will help to support the preservation and development of the Museum collection. This includes over 6,000 items from the collection of the Hawkesbury Historical Society in addition to items collected since the Museum opened in 2008,” Councillor Calvert said.

“The history of the Hawkesbury has local, national and international significance, and Museum staff and volunteers are working hard to care for their collections of cultural significance.”

Museum Director, Kath von Witt said that the significance assessment awarded in 2016 was “very helpful to identify the most important parts of the collection”.

“This Preservation Needs Assessment will now help the Museum prioritise the objects most in need of conservation,” she added.

The Museum has attracted a number of grants and awards since its opening in 2008, including ongoing funding from Create New South Wales (the arts-funding body of the NSW Government), Highly Commended for the current Food Bowl Farming exhibition 2018 Imagine Award; and the 2016 Imagine award for Best Exhibition for the past Flood exhibition, which looked at the impact of flooding on the history of the Hawkesbury. The Museum has also won awards for cultural tourism, volunteering, collection management and for the building itself.

The Department of Communications and the Arts provide the majority of the funding for the Community Heritage Grant program.

The Museum is located at 8 Baker Street, Windsor. For more details visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/museum

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