Volunteer Museum Grants Round 2 Now Open

We are now accepting applications for two funding opportunities from the 2021 Volunteer Museum Grant Program: Small Grants and Project Development Grants.

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Interview with Tegan Anthes, Museum Advisor

Tegan Anthes is part of our Museum Advisor program, which connects organisations with industry professionals. Tegan uses her expertise in conservation to assist the museums and collecting organisations within the Lithgow Local Government.

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Fellowship, Mentorship and Volunteer Placement Program – now open

Travel and professional development opportunities for people who work or volunteer in the small-to-medium museums and galleries.

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Insights into the Tarella Collection with Curator Linsi Braith

Situated in Wentworth Falls, Tarella Cottage was originally built in 1890 as a holiday cottage, and now serves as a museum and research centre for the Blue Mountains Historical Society. We interviewed curator Linsi Braith to find out more about the museum and its collection.

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Standards Call Out 2021

This program helps small to medium museums manage their organisations, engage with the community and care for their collections.

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Safe COVID Cleaning for Collections – Webinar

Museum & Galleries of NSW partnered with International Conservation Services and Sydney Living Museums to present a webinar on the importance and risks of COVID cleaning. The expert conservation presenters covered how to approach regular and, if necessary, deep cleans of historic properties and collections.

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Sustainable Collections Program making strides in Orange

A small group of dedicated volunteers have been working since 2013 on a collection documentation project.

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New Home for the Australian Railway Historical Society NSW

The new home of the Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW) consolidates its archives, research space, book shop and office inside a newly renovated, light-filled space.

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$8 million boost to enhance Australia’s Trove portal

The Federal Government will provide an additional $8 million for the National Library of Australia over the next two years to support the ongoing development of Australia’s digital heritage portal, Trove.

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Interview – Museum of Human Disease

Located at University of New South Wales in Kensington, the Museum houses over 2,500 diseased human tissues specimens.

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Planning to re-open

We have compiled this comprehensive resource for museums and galleries planning to re-open to the public. Whilst the NSW Government has stated that museums, galleries and libraries may open as of 1 June 2020, there are still several important precautions that must be taken to ensure that staff, volunteers and visitors are COVID safe.

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Hawkesbury Museum and Gallery collections go online

The collections of both the Hawkesbury Regional Museum and Hawkesbury Regional Gallery are now accessible online. We spoke to Rebecca Turnbull, acting Gallery and Museum Director about the project and its challenges.

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Practical things you can do while your museum is closed due to COVID-19

Having a museum closed for an indefinite time provides an opportunity to catch up on some of those activities that can be difficult to do when a museum is open and focused on visitor needs.

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Bushfires, a shared experience

We spoke with Deborah Ely, from Bundanon Trust, and Ray Christison, from the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park, about their respective experiences with the bushfires and what they learnt as a result.

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