August 31, 2014

Beyond the Blue Mountains - Following the road from Bathurst


The Royal Australian Historical Society is pleased to advise that the NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage, the Hon Rob Stokes MP, has announced that the RAHS grant application for the funding of a project entitled Beyond the Blue Mountains - Following the Road from Bathurst has been approved.

This project will provide a platform for those in the Central Tablelands 
to share information on their historical and heritage records 
plus a database where community members can upload local information.
 The project scope was defined by Christine Yeats, Elizabeth Ellis and Carol Liston with detailed project plans, documentation and budgets prepared by Suzanne Holohan (RAHS Executive Officer), with support from Graham Sciberras (RAHS Digital Media) and Donna Newton (RAHS Librarian).  The overall project aim of Beyond the Blue Mountains was to increase community awareness, interest and understanding of the historical and heritage significance of the inland settlement of NSW.  It built on the successful delivery of the Western Crossings grant program which was managed by a Working Party with similar responsibilities.

The Beyond the Blue Mountains grant application has three main components:

RAHS Collections - Grant funding:  To provide increased accessibility to the RAHS collections (includes photographs, glass lantern slides, ephemera, scrapbooks) connected to the inland settlement of New South Wales, through the delivery of dedicated webpages;  high resolution and downloadable fully indexed digitised materials from the collection, podcasts (supported by visual images) and text that can be used by regional schools and historical societies as learning tools.

Regional Workshops - Grant funding:  To deliver two regional outreach workshops supplemented by online training, materials that will build capacity and encourage intergenerational engagement with local history and heritage.

Community Engagement:  To provide a platform for Central West organisations to share information on their historical and heritage records connected with the NSW inland settlement including a database where community members can upload information on their collections and records.

Ref: Email from Jan Koperberg, RAHS Councillor 

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