The Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said three organisations preserving historic aspects of Tamworth and district have been granted total funding of $12,420 through the Community Heritage Grants Programme.
“I am pleased to announce that Tamworth Historical Society, Tamworth Regional Film and Sound Archive and the Tamworth Regional Gallery has received $4,950, $6,370 and $1,100 respectively to preserve objects of national significance in the local community,” Mr Joyce said.
Mr Joyce said the programme helps community organisations to preserve and ensure access to locally held, nationally important cultural heritage collections across Australia.
Tamworth Regional Gallery’s Bridget Guthrie said the grants for the Historical Society and the Archive will help to undertake assessments of the significance of those collections.
The third grant will provide assistance for Dr Roslyn Russell, who is a historian, editor and museum curator and holds a Master of Arts Honours degree in History, to come to Tamworth to run a regional significance training workshop.
Ms Guthrie said the Historical Society’s Phillip Gidley King Collection, which dated back to the earliest settlement of Tamworth and district by the Peel River Land and Mineral Company, was an outstanding window into the past.
“The Regional Film and Sound Archive is probably the best regional collection outside of the archive in Canberra,” she said.
Minister for the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield said the Turnbull-Joyce Government is pleased to provide $415,000 in grants for the programme in 2016-17, to support 77 projects across Australia.
He said the Community Heritage Grants Programme provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations to preserve and display objects of national significance.
For more information about the program visit: www.nla.gov.au/awards-and-grants/chg