January 30, 2012

Interested in Contents Insurance?

RAHS are offering Affiliate members the opportunity to express interest in Contents Insurance.

This would supplement the Public Liability and Volunteer Insurance that RAHS arranges for well over 300 Affiliates at present. Contents Insurance will allow museums, galleries, and historical associations to insure collections such as records, books, manuscripts & documents, ephemera & museum items.

To secure an advantageous bulk rate for this program, RAHS need to determine that enough organisations have an interest in participating. If this is a benefit that your organisation may be interested in, please click on the link below to fill out a short form.  This form is merely an expression of interest, and does not obligate you in any way.

Click here for the short form.

January 25, 2012

Theme for 2012 History Week Announced: Threads

They wore what?! Long before the fashionistas of today decided ‘the look’, dress was an important element of human expression. From status to style, culture to professional identity, clothes have defined us. History Week 2012 will explore the history of threads and unpick the meaning behind the wardrobes of the past.
Keep an eye on the HCNSW website for more information about events and ways to get involved!

January 19, 2012



Presented by Oral History Association of Australia NSW in conjunction with the Royal Australian Historical Society NSW

Capturing Memories – Oral History in the Digital Age

A practical workshop on Oral History theory and practice with experienced oral historians Trish Levido and Carol McKirdy. Topics covered include preparing and structuring an oral history interview, choosing and using a digital recorder, downloading recordings to a computer, editing using Audacity (free access editing software), how to log and transcribe a recording using Express Scribe (also free software), saving sound files, burning to disc and transfer to other storage mediums and much more.
When:   Saturday 18 February 2012

Time:  9.45 am to 4.30 pm

Where:  History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Fee:  $95 includes resource booklet
         OHAA and RAHS members $85    
          Morning and afternoon tea provided
          Bring or buy lunch nearby

Bookings essential as numbers limited to 35, thru Royal Australian Historical Society (02) 9247.8001 or download registration flyer at www.ohaansw.org.au

Email for enquiries: ohaansw@hotmail.com

Contact: Trish Levido (02) 9969.5177

January 5, 2012

Heritage Grants Program

NSW Heritage Grants aim to improve the physical condition of NSW heritage items, assist communities to care for their heritage and supports local government in its role as manager of the majority of heritage items in NSW.

The new Heritage Grants webpage at http://www.heritage.nsw.gov.au/02_subnav_07.htm provides a sample of interesting and innovative projects, including the restoration of the Millthorpe Newsagency and Store and the restoring of early buildings by Main Street Make-overs.

January 2, 2012

Gulgong’s Pioneer Museum plans 50th anniversary

Gulgong’s Pioneer Museum is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012 with the biggest celebration in the museum’s history.

A free open day on Easter Saturday will give visitors an opportunity to see the museum, and to see it at its best, with old machinery operating, several recent restorations on display, and costumes, music and vehicles plucked out of history.

Arthur Johnson, president of the Gulgong Historical Society, said members were excited about the plans and working with other groups to involve the community in the celebration.

“They really want to make a big thing of it,” he said.

“As soon as we get back [after the Christmas break], it’ll be full-on.”

Students of Gulgong Public School will bring their circus skills, while children will come from Red Hill dressed in period clothes.

The printing machine and stationary motors will run, and it is hoped that a sheep shearing demonstration can be arranged, along with music from local musicians.

Organisers are also hoping to involve local vintage car and motorbike clubs.

The museum also has several restoration projects underway, which should be complete before the anniversary date.

Using a grant from Veteran’s Affairs, the museum’s military display room is being improved, and a vintage firearm is being restored.

A heritage grant from Mid-Western Regional Council is financing the restoration of the old blacksmith’s shop in the museum yard, including the replacement of boards in the walls, improvements to the foundations, and structural maintenance.

Source: Mudgee Guardian 02Jan2012