Blue Mountains News

Funding Success for Historic Projects

By Office of Shayne Mallard Member of the Legislative Council
Posted: 20 Nov 2020
Woodford Academy. Photo © BlueMountainsAustralia.com
Government Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard MP and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin MLC yesterday announced $1,140 in support from the Royal Australian Historical Society Cultural Grants Program for skilled historians in the Blue Mountains.

Mr Mallard said funding will hugely contribute to the community’s effort in promoting and preserving local history and bring Blue Mountains stories to a broader audience.

The Blue Mountains Association of Cultural Heritage Organisations Inc will produce the Blue Mountains History Journal Issue 10 which will publish historical research papers that are usually too long for newsletters and not long enough for separate publications, on aspects of local history and sometimes specialist historical interest.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin MLC said the funding will advance the education and awareness of NSW history from regional NSW, Western Sydney and our First Nations people.

“We know history can shape our future when we acknowledge and learn from it which is why I am thrilled this program will support local and heritage projects.

“The funding provides our local historians and volunteers the opportunity of presenting our diverse history through various means such as digitally and through local and regional publications allowing more people to experience it,” said Mr Harwin.

Recipients of Royal Australian Historical Society Cultural Grants cover projects including research, publications, professional support and travel, and conservation of historic material.

17 funded projects are spread across the State including 11 for regional NSW, 5 from Western Sydney and 1 in metro Sydney. 

Currently in its fifth year, the fund offers NSW Government funding of $55,000 through grants of up to $5,000 per project to assist local historical societies and similar bodies to undertake historical research and create new publications.

 
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