Saturday, 12 November 2016

Carnamah Museum Collection of National Significance

We're delighted to reveal that we have been awarded a Community Heritage Grant for a significance assessment of our museum collection. One of the great things about this grant is that it means our collection has been deemed to be of national significance.

Recipients of Community Heritage Grants at the National Library of Australia in Canberra

An additional part of the grant is to send a representative to the National Library of Australia in Canberra, to both officially receive the grant and to undergo training on assessing and caring for museum collections.

Pictured above is our beaming representative Shiona Herbert (right) with Hon. Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, who was representing Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts.

We'd like to extend our congratulations to all of the other grant recipients, which are listed here, but would especially like to congratulate a fellow Mid West collection in the Greenough Museum & Gardens, who received a grant for a significance assessment of their Maley Archive.

Community Heritage Grants are funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia, the Ministry for the Arts, the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia. Our heartfelt thanks to all of the funders, to Andrew Bowman-Bright for managing our project and to Shiona Herbert for flying the Carnamah flag in Canberra!

Dr Joanna Sassoon has been appointed to undertake our significance assessment in early 2017.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Virtual Museum: Before Electricity

Electricity runs the world but this hasn't always been the case. Our latest online exhibition takes a look at a collection of items used on a regular basis in the days before electricity...

Back in 2014 we undertook a public poll of 25 potential online exhibitions that could be added to our Virtual Museum: to be known and distinguished as Carnamah. We've kept the results a secret as we always intended to develop both the top voted themes but also those that received the least votes! Before Electricity and Books & Publications are the first of our new exhibitions.

We'd like to thank the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) for supporting this project to share and promote more of our museum collection with the broader community.