Grant en­ables es­sen­tial work­shop

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The Corowa Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety (CDHS) Inc. was de­lighted to be the re­cip­i­ent of fund­ing from the Na­tional Li­brary of Aus­tralia un­der their Com­mu­nity Her­itage Grants 2017 pro­gram.

The grant of $5150 en­abled the CDHS to en­gage Mu­seum Con­sul­tants Vic­to­ria and An­drew Pearce from En­dan­gered Her­itage to con­duct a preser­va­tion needs as­sess­ment of the en­tire Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum col­lec­tion.

This as­sess­ment was in the form of a three-day work­shop con­ducted by Vic­to­ria and An­drew and was at­tended by ap­prox­i­mately 12 CDHS mem­bers each day.

The work­shop has proved in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence to the vol­un­teers and has given them a far bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the cor­rect meth­ods of pre­serv­ing our sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion – in par­tic­u­lar the stor­age of our pre­cious tex­tiles, some of which date back to the 1880s and were worn by mem­bers of lo­cal pi­o­neer­ing fam­i­lies.

The shoe col­lec­tion in par­tic­u­lar was in ur­gent need of re-hous­ing in suit­able acid free boxes.

A num­ber of work­ing bees have now been held and with the help of a team of vol­un­teers the shoes are grad­u­ally be­ing re-housed and stored in a large cup­board with bet­ter cli­matic con­di­tions.

The lo­cal Corowa Girl Guides have been in­vited to take part in the work­shops and this will form part of the com­mu­nity ser­vice badges.

It is hoped that other com­mu­nity groups such as the Men’s Shed, the S.H.E Shed and Tree of Life Com­mu­nity gar­den­ers will also be able to take part in fu­ture work­ing bees as the CDHS work to­ward rais­ing the lo­cal pro­file of the Fed­er­a­tion Mu­seum and en­gage in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the many and var­ied com­mu­nity groups in the Corowa dis­trict.

One of the work­ing bees at the PNA work­shop.

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