Grant to preserve cultural archive
■ A collection of recordings, documents and objects of Yindjibarndi culture could be recognised as nationally significant — at least that’s what archivists from the Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation are hoping.
The group has collected thousands of hours of tapes, audio and super 8 footage from the 1960s onwards as well as old police and colonial secretary reports from the 19th century.
Juluwarlu was last month awarded a Federal community heritage grant, worth $6265, which will fund a visit by former National Archives Australia assistant director Jen Ford to assess the collection.
Her decision will dictate the importance of the collection, which will open up the doors to more grants to increase the collection and help fund processes like digitisation.
Lorraine Coppin, who helped form Juluwarlu as an organisation dedicated to preserving Yindjibarndi culture, said the grant would support efforts to preserve the archive.
“While the grant provides the funds, the workshop offers the expertise to help us protect our collection and make it accessible while it remains in the local context,” she said.
There were 75 grants distributed around Australia this year, worth a total of $438,710.
Juluwarlu archivist Noelene Harrison also got to attend a threeday intensive preservation and collection management workshop at the National Library, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra after receiving the grant in Canberra.
Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield said having the big institutions involved in the program was vital.
“Australia’s national collecting institutions play an important leadership role in the program by building the capacity of the sector through providing preservation and collection management workshops where experts share their invaluable knowledge … with their peers from local, regional and community organisations,” he said.
More than $5.7 million has been spent on the grants program since 1994.
Members of Juluwarlu with their grant certificate.