2019 Project Development and Small Grants Recipients Announced

Museums & Galleries of NSW would like to congratulate the successful applicants for our Project Development Grants and the second round of the Volunteer Museum Small Grants for 2019.

As always, we have a wide range of projects this round demonstrating once again the commitment of our volunteer museums to museum best practice as well as their imagination and innovation in caring for their collections and their visitors. In particular, this round we had a large number of projects focused on collection management, including Significance Assessments and Preservation Needs Assessments, as well as many focused on protecting their collection with archival storage solutions.

The successful Project Development Grant applicants were:

Braidwood Museum
$7,466 – To extend the list of traditional owners and work with Dr Lorina Barker to establish locally relevant methodologies for recording Indigenous oral histories based on her work recording the Songlines of northwest NSW.

Condobolin and District Historical Museum
$4,400 – To commission a Significance Assessment and Preservation Needs Assessment of the Condobolin and District Museum using the services of consultant Karen Coote.

Narrandera Parkside Cottage Museum
$6,150 – To commission a Preservation Needs Assessment for the Narrandera Parkside Cottage Museum using the services of Consultant Ms Tegan Anthes.

New Italy Museum
$5,040 – To engage Museum consultant, Joan Kelly, to revise and extend the Significance Assessment of the New Italy Museum Collection.

Riversdale House Museum
$4,224 – To develop an exhibition for Goulburn’s 200th and the National Trust’s 75th anniversaries through the purchase of display cases, the cost of facsimilies from the State Archives and graphic design costs.

Yass Museum
$5975 – To engage a consulting firm to run community consulting and develop a Strategic Plan for the Yass Museum.


The successful Small Grant applicants were:

Alumny Creek School Museum
$770 – To purchase appropriate photographic archival sleeves, presentation binders, and slipcases storage to store and preserve a range of different sized photographs.

AMAGA Far North Coast Chapter
$1,507 – To design and produce a museum trail flyer to promote the 25 museums in the Northern Rivers Region.

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum
$1,895 – To purchase mobile racks to contain the textile collection and to produce a pull up banner.

Dobell House
$1,425 – To upgrade Dobell House’s security system and transfer its monitoring to a secure mobile network.

Hambledon Cottage
$1,192 – To acquire equipment to visually document the changes in Parramatta’s landscape, sourced from historical and contemporary images.

Kandos Museum
$2,000 – Purchase of new metal shelving and museum archive boxes.

Mary Boulton’s Pioneer Cottage and Museum
$2,000 – To design and produce an interpretive panel for Mary Boulton’s Pioneer Cottage.

Sketchley Pioneer Cottage and Museum
$1,983 – To purchase shelving and image binders for to organise the storage area.

Tinonee Museum
$589 – To purchase photographic storage materials and folders.

Weethalle Whistle Stop Arts & Crafts and Museum
$306 – To provide cleaning tools (vacuum cleaner) for use on site at the museum and a large textile box.

Wingham Museum
$1974 – To purchase and install a set of six custom drawers to store the Fred Murray Egg Collection.

Woolpack Inn Museum
$628 – To purchase a Zoom H5 Recorder, accessories and SD cards to record local oral histories.

Wyalong Courthouse Museum
$499 – To provide extra large size museum textiles boxes with lids.


If your volunteer-run museum is interested in applying for any of our grant programs, please contact Emily Cullen, Museum Programs & Collections Coordinator by email at emilyc@mgnsw.org.au or by phone 02 9339 9913.


The Volunteer Museum Grant Program is a Create NSW devolved funding program, administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW  on behalf of the NSW Government. 

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