The History Trust’s Museums and Collections (MaC) program is up and running! MaC is a standards and funding program for incorporated historical societies, community museums and community archives. It replaces the long running Community Museums Program (CMP) and offers greater opportunities for a wider range of participants.
The purpose of MaC is to recognise and support the development, sustainability and community impact of South Australian community history organisations. Expert assistance from History Trust staff, online resources (coming soon), workshops, and substantial annual grant funds underpin MaC and support the work of MaC members.
The process of joining is the first step on the MaC journey, and involves completing a self-review. The self-review prompts reflection on developing, caring for and sharing collections, governance, sustainability and future planning. It is an accessible format and recognises the individuality of the community history and collecting groups that make up the dynamic South Australian History Network.
MaC embodies the principles and benchmarks of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries (NSAMG) and is an active program that will evolve over time.
Organisations that manage community history collections are warmly invited to work with the History Trust through MaC. Information is here or contact Amanda James or Pauline Cockrill at the History Trust on 8203 9888 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Stay tuned for an announcement about the inaugural MaC grant round soon.