Collections and Stories Project news

We are pleased to invite you to view our on-demand webinar Navigating Crystal Clear. The 18-minute video steps viewers through M&G NSW’s Crystal Clear publication on digitising museum, gallery and cultural centre collections in the ‘regional setting’.

Crystal Clear was first published by M&G NSW in 2019 following the first phase of the Collections and Stories Project. Our on-ground work at the time revealed the need to bring together in a single document advice on digitisation standards and processes for small or volunteer run cultural organisations in regional centres where varied challenges are faced, not least scarce resources – both people and money.

In association with Navigating Crystal Clear, we have also made some revisions to the Crystal Clear publication – mainly concerning advice on saving and resizing digital files of objects, as well as the addition of two new appendices. The first includes key principles for working with First Nations peoples to digitise objects that originate from or relate to their communities or families. The second is on resizing and cropping image files for use on the new, and forthcoming, Collections and Stories Project website – to be launched in 2022 called Storyplace. The revised Crystal Clear can be viewed at

The Crystal Clear publication, Navigating Crystal Clear webinar, and the Storyplace website have all been developed as part of the Collections and Stories Project. The success of this project has been reliant on many regional project partners who are committed to highlighting the importance of regional collections to regional people, communities and the wider community to promote cultural tourism and the research and educational value of regional collections. The work undertaken with regional project partners has, and will continue to evolve, our understandings of digitisation needs in regional settings – which will in turn continue to develop M&G NSW’s advice and support of digitisation regionally.

For any enquiries about the Collections and Stories project please contact the Collections and Stories Project Manager, Kate Gahan, at The Collections and Stories Project is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Regional Cultural Fund.


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