Grant enables essential workshop
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.