Jan 07, 2021

Grants for Herberton Mining Museum

Grants for Herberton Mining Museum Colin Purchase and Mary Searston — key volunteers with the Herberton Mining Museum Research Team — with their Community Heritage Grant certificate. © Sherrie-Ann Cockell Photography.

Herberton’s Mining Museum has received just over $5000 from the National Library of Australia’s Community Heritage Grants.

The money would be used to conduct a significance assessment of the museum’s collection, focusing on original materials, machinery, archives and items that relate specifically to the Great Northern Mine, said Tablelands Regional Councillor Annette Haydon.

“This will give us greater clarity around the meaning and value of our collection, and provide context for its management, interpretation, preservation and presentation’, Cr Haydon said.

“This grant recognises the importance of our collection and is a testament to the dedication of the volunteers at the centre.

“The volunteers recently completed a series of collection management training workshops that included collection policy, acquisitions, cataloguing, numbering objects, preventative conservation and storage reviews.

“These workshops were also funded by a Community Heritage Grant.”

This grant would further increase their knowledge and enhance the value of the museum collection and the history it protectsed, said Councillor Haydon.

The assessment will commence at the end of February and take about a week to complete.

The Community Heritage Grants program is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (Office of the Arts); the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the National Museum of Australia.