New local history projects rewarded across Victoria

Local history groups and other organisations are set to share in further grant funding from the Victorian Government for community projects that preserve and share Victoria’s history for generations to come.

Victorian Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings, has announced that forty community groups will share in $350,000 worth of local history grants.

2018’s winning recipients included the Country Women’s Association for their project to preserve photographs and documents from their 90-year history, the Ballarat Memorial Concert Band for their Century of Music project, as well as the Kilmore Historical Society for a textile conservation project to conserve rare wedding dresses dated from 1760 to 1885.

In celebration of our diverse cultural history the Maccabi Sport Victorian Association, which has been linking local Jewish athletes with Israel for over 90 years, will also begin a project to celebrate Maccabi sport history online.

Other successful projects ranged from digitisation of historic newspapers to the development of new historical signage on walking trails.

The funding is part of the annual Local History Grants Program which provides small grants to community organisations to support projects that preserve, record or publish Victorian local history.

The program is about putting our dedicated community organisations first, who do such a great job of collecting and preserving Victoria’s fascinating history.

Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with 6.8 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument on their trip in the year ending December 2017 – up by 27.2 per cent since the year ending December 2014.

Source: Vic Government