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Cultural Heritage Program 2017-18

The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, has announced investment in cultural heritage organisations, for the financial year 2017-18 totalling $493 650.

Feedback from the Cultural Heritage Panel

The Panel would welcome more applications for Roving Curator time, but noted that the change of program dates from calendar year to financial year had meant that some organisations were not ready to propose a follow-up project. Given that unallocated Roving Curator days remain for 2017-18, the panel invited organisations who may have a need for Roving Curator time to apply at a later date this year for Roving Curator days, after first meeting with a Roving Curator to discuss their needs. The panel encouraged organisations who were undertaking the Museum Standards Program to apply for Roving Curator days to help them to address aspects of their museum operations.

For the Program Category of the Cultural Heritage Program, the panel noted that it would like applicants to more clearly show what was being supported with the Arts Tasmania investment in their application. This would help the Panel to make informed decisions about applications. This may include a detailed  program of activities for the first year of funding, and a column in the budget showing how the Arts Tasmania funding would be spent. The Arts Tasmania budget template will be amended to facilitate this.  

Panel Initiatives

Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection Program
$1 000

This funding has been allocated towards the “matching grant” available under the Lynne Stacpoole Caring for your Collection Program in 2018. Together with $1 000 of funds donated by Lynne Stacpoole, a grant of $2 000 will be available to applicants who are willing to raise $1 000  of funds through their community, for a $3 000 asset purchase.

Making Museums Work
$857

This amount will support the Making Museums Work Professional Development Workshops for 2017-18.

Program recipients

Burnie City Council: Burnie Regional Art Gallery and Burnie Regional Museum
$105 000 for 2017-18
$107 000 for 2018-19
$109 000 for 2019-20
$111 000 for 2020-21

Burnie City Council will receive four year funding to support the programs of both the Burnie Regional Art Gallery and the Burnie Regional Museum

Devonport City Council: Devonport Regional Gallery
$80 000

This grant will support the annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs for the Devonport Regional Gallery. The Devonport Regional Gallery will move to a new larger gallery space as part of the Living City Project.

Maritime Museum of Tasmania Inc
$70 000 for 2017-18
$72 000 for 2018-19
$74 000 for 2019-20
$76 000 for 2020-21

The Maritime Museum of Tasmania will receive four year funding to support the employment of a Maritime Heritage Co-ordinator and the outreach activities that the co-ordinator delivers to the Maritime Heritage Organisations of Tasmania network.

Narryna Heritage Museum Incorporated
$45 000

This funding will support the annual program of the Narryna Heritage Museum.

Tasmanian Wool Centre - Ross Limited: Tasmanian Wool Museum
$29 800
10 days of Roving Curator time

This funding will support the annual program of the Tasmanian Wool Museum. In 2017-18, the organisation will undertake the implementation of the museum’s interpretation Plan and make improvements to collection management with the assistance of the Roving Curator

West Coast Heritage Limited: West Coast Heritage Centre
$148 000

The West Coast Heritage Centre will use this funding to support its annual program.

Project recipients

Break O'Day Council: St Helens History Room
$1 225

This grant will support the creation of new interpretive banners for the St Helens History Room.

Derwent Valley Council: New Norfolk Historical Information Centre
8 days of Roving Curator time

The Roving Curator will assist with the development of an exhibition plan

Meander Valley Council: Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum
$1 359

This funding will support collection management and preservation for the Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum

Military Heritage Foundation of Tasmania: Army Museum Tasmania
$5 600

The Army Museum Tasmania will develop a pilot project for the development of Collection Guides for their collection.

Scottsdale RSL Sub Branch Inc.
$1 390
10 days of Roving Curator time

The grant will support the purchase of preservation materials and the Roving Curator will assist with the development of an interpretation plan

The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Tas) trading as Scots Memorial Museum & Heritage
$2 384
6 days of Roving Curator time

The Roving Curator will assist in the development of an interpretation plan, and the grant will support the design and printing of an interpretation booklet

University of Tasmania Library, Special and Rare Collections
10 days of Roving Curator time

The Roving Curator will assist with the implementation of Preservation Needs Assessment for the Special and Rare Collections.

Wynyard RSL Sub Branch Inc.
$2 035

This grant will support the purchase of Mosaic cataloguing software.

Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Program

Ms Lynne Stacpoole and The Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Dr Vanessa Goodwin MLC, have announced $4 000 in funding for four small museums and collections in Tasmania.

The Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection Program supports the purchase of capital items to assist with the preservation or display of collections. This program is able to be offered through the generosity of the previous Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board's Small Museums and Collections  Panel (now the Cultural Heritage Panel), Ms Stacpoole, who has donated funds to Arts Tasmania specifically for this program.  

A new matching grant as part of this program allows larger capital items of $3 000 or greater to be purchased, using $1 000 of donated funds, $1 000 of state government funds, and a minimum of $1 000 of funding from the applicant museum's community.

Feedback from the Cultural Heritage Panel

The panel recommended that future applicants seek advice from the Roving Curators in relation to the asset/s that they wish to purchase well in advance of the closing date. The applicant should then state in their application what advice was received and how it relates to the purchase they wish to make.

Lynne Stacpoole Caring for Your Collection program

Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Tasmania Division Inc: RAAFA (Tasmania Division) Museum
$ 437

This grant will support the For the purchase of Lockable glass display cabinet

Derwent Valley Council: New Norfolk Historical Information Centre
$ 721
1 day of Roving Curator time

This grant will support the purchase of a lockable display cabinet, and the Roving Curator will assist with the selection of the cabinet.

Meander Valley Council: Deloraine and Districts Folk Museum
$ 842

This grant will allow the purchase of dehumidifiers to assist in the preservation of the collection.

Wynyard RSL Sub Branch Inc.
$2 000
1 day of Roving Curator time

The Wynyard RSL will use this grant, along with $1 000 that has been raised from the community, to purchase six mannequins to display military uniforms. The Roving Curator will provide training in textile handling to assist in the display of the uniforms.

The Cultural Heritage Panel

The following members of the Cultural Heritage Panel participated in the assessment of the 2017-18 Cultural Heritage Program.

Richard Mulvaney
Chair
Member of the TAAB
Director, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Linda Clark
Independent Curator and Conservator

Jane Deeth
Independent curator and Visual Arts Coordinator for Ten Days on the Island

Michael Smith
Conservation Project Officer – Collections, Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority

Brad Williams
Heritage Manager, Centre for Heritage at Oatlands

Arts Tasmania and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board thanks the Cultural Heritage Panel for their contribution towards the assessment of applications to the Cultural Heritage Program.