[ASC-media] Royal Society of NSW wins Cultural Heritage Grant

Robyn Stutchbury rstutch at bigpond.net.au
Wed Nov 16 11:41:04 EST 2005

Royal Society of NSW Awarded Federal Community Heritage Grant

The Royal Society of NSW has been awarded a $6,050 Federal Community
Heritage Grant to fund a Significance and Preservation Survey.

The grant was announced by the Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport,
Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, at the National Library of Australia, Canberra,
on Wednesday 9 November 2005.

A total of $377 865 was distributed to 76 groups from around Australia to
assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but
nationally significant heritage collections. In addition, Mr John Hardie, a
Vice-president of the Society, attended a three-day intensive preservation
and collection management workshop held at the National Library of
Australia, the National Archives, the National Museum of Australia and the
National Film and Sound Archives in Canberra.

John said the grant was important in supporting the effort to preserve the
Royal Society¹s collection of scientific books, journals and historical
documents at the grassroots.

³The grant provides the funds, and the workshop the expertise to help us
protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local
context,² he said.

³The grant will give us an opportunity to tap into professional expertise to
guide us in the ongoing management and preservation of the collection, which
is of great importance to scientific researchers and the community in

In announcing the awards Senator Kemp said, ³This year sees the Community
Heritage Grants program come of age with a stronger emphasis on training,
the inclusion of artefacts, and the participation of the National Museum.
The program¹s maturity and national significance as part of the government¹s
Strengthening Australian Arts commitment is recognised with an near doubling
of grant funding and the raising of the grant ceiling to $10 000.²

2005 is the 12th anniversary of the program. In that time 426 projects
throughout Australia have received more than $1.6 million in funding and
extensive training opportunities. The grant money is used for collection
assessments, preservation surveys, conservation treatments, preservation
training, digitisation, and purchasing quality storage material or
environmental monitoring equipment.

Jan Fullerton AO, Director-General National Library of Australia, said the
Community Heritage Grants demonstrate the commitment of the National Library
and all the partner institutions to preserving our heritage, particularly
through training. 

³It¹s about our national institutions coming together to share their
expertise which is then taken back to communities throughout Australia. This
skills transfer aims to have heritage collections remain in the community
and available for the pleasure and research interests of future generations²
she said.

The Community Heritage Grants Program is managed by the National Library of
Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department
of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the National
Archives of Australia, the Australian Film Commission, the National Museum
of Australia and the National Library of Australia.

Media contacts:
Robyn Stutchbury   
Councillor and Project Leader
Phone: 61 2 9427 6747
Mobile: 0419 411 967
Email: rstutch at bigpond.net.au

John Hardie
Phone: 61 2 9715 8127
Mobile: 0418 204 528
Email: john.hardie at det.nsw.edu.au

Robyn Stutchbury & Noel Tait
Peripatus Productions Pty Limited
1 Carisbrook Street
Lane Cove NSW 2066
Ph/Fax: 61 2 9427 6747; Mob: 0419 4119 67

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