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Online Training and Resources

August 20, 2020

Back in April we shared a few thoughts about working with museums and collections from home. While here in South Australia we’ve been able to get out and about a bit more under current COVIDSafe conditions there are still plenty of great opportunities to get online and up-skill, or just learn more on topics of […]

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MaC Funding for Community History Projects

June 26, 2020

MaC members are benefitting from the MaC projects grants fund, with a little over $70,000 being allocated for eleven projects in June.  MaC funding will enable a variety of projects to go ahead including major new interpretive walking trails for the Mary Mackillop Museum Adelaide and the Port Milang Railway Museum. Mary Mackillop Walk will […]

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Poetry Takeover – South Australia’s History Festival

April 30, 2020

South Australian students engaging with history through poetry Change – It’s the only constant! Now that COVID-19 is with us, we’ve had to adapt to new habits and make new plans. The Poetry Takeover Challenge was originally meant to be a new young people’s component to South Australia’s History Festival. Even though the festival won’t be […]

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A Toast for Sturt’s Birthday

April 28, 2020

28 April marks the 225 anniversary of the birth of Charles Sturt, one time owner of The Grange homestead, managed by the Charles Sturt Memorial Museum Trust. For many years the Trust has celebrated Sturt’s birthday with a big event on site at Grange. Not possible this year but the Trust has shared some images […]

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Museums and Collections at Home

April 8, 2020

How is your organisation adjusting to the new world of isolation? Managing collections ‘behind closed doors’ presents new challenges for engaging your communities. Are you looking for ways to innovate, keep collections visible and share local histories over the next few months? Now is a great time to bump up your social media and/or website […]

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Be Connected Digital Mentoring Opportunity

February 26, 2020

The FAHS is offering Be Connected Digital Mentor Training to South Australian historical societies and community museums. Be Connected is a set of fantastic easy to use resources covering a wide range of digital skills including using apps, setting up wifi, online safety, social media and using all sorts of digital devices, such as smart […]

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Grants Awarded for SA History, Museums and Collections

February 18, 2020

The History Trust distributed $150,000 in grants at the end of 2019, supporting 39 separate SA history focused projects in communities throughout the state. The 23 recipients of annual South Australian History Fund (SAHF) include clubs, societies, local government, community organisations and individuals.  Approaches to SA history that we have been able to support this […]

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Funding for Communities and History

October 1, 2019

The History Trust of SA has its two main grant funds open NOW and applications to both are welcome until 28 October. The South Australian History Fund (SAHF) is the Trust’s annual publicly accessible competitive grant fund that supports publications, research and projects that enable communities to explore, interpret or preserve aspects of their history […]

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Project Grants Around the State

July 16, 2019

The History Trust of South Australia is delighted to share the range of projects that have received funding in the innaugural Museums and Collections (MaC) Project grant round. A touch over $205,000 has been awarded to 26 projects. Special congratulations to the Sheep’s Back Museum in Naracoorte, which has received the largest grant of $25,000 […]

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MaC Membership on the Move

June 3, 2019

The last three months have seen plenty of activity around the History Trust’s Museums and Collections (MaC) standards and funding program for historical groups that manage collections.  Between March and May we welcomed eight new MaC Member groups and several museums in the outgoing Community Museums Program also made the switch to MaC.  We are […]

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Ethical Storytelling Workshop

March 28, 2019

Around ten participants gathered in the Hetzel Theatre at the State Library’s Institute building on Monday 18 February eager to learn about Ethical Storytelling. It was Oral History Australia (SA/NT branch)’s first workshop for the year, and the beginning of a very special year for the organisation, being its 40th anniversary.  Catherine and I from […]

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Robe Welcomes Tombstone Tourists

March 6, 2019

Tombstone Tourists has been created by the Robe community to celebrate the stories of people who have lived and died in the popular seaside town and historic port of Robe. The name was inspired by the media headlines the project generated during its development in 2017. The project combines a website and a smart phone […]

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We Welcome Our First MaC Members!

March 1, 2019

The History Trust is excited to announce that Angaston & Penrice Historical Society and the Mount Torrens and District Community Association are the first two organisations to join the Museums and Collections (MaC) program.  Both quickly put their hands up to complete the MaC membership process. Angaston & Penrice Historical Society is well established in […]

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Grants to support Museums and Collections

February 20, 2019

The inaugural grant fund aligned with the History Trust’s Museums and Collections (MaC) program has opened.  Applications for project grants will be accepted online until Friday 12 April.  Organisations need to be members of MaC to be eligible to this grant fund.  Applications must be made online. The History Trust’s Community History Officers (Amanda and Pauline) […]

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Grants for Heritage Places

February 6, 2019

Owners of State Heritage Places may be able to secure funds through the Department for Environment and Water for projects that contribute to the longevity of these places. To be eligible the project has to relate to a place that is on the State Heritage Register, or located in a State Heritage Area.  Throughout South […]

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Museums and Collections Program Launched

February 5, 2019

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 […]

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All Aboard! 50th Anniversary Last Passenger Service to Milang Re-enactment

December 1, 2018

On Friday 30 November 2018, 67 railway enthusiasts, friends and relatives were transported to Milang from Mount Barker via Strathalbyn on historic railcars, to commemorate the closing of the Milang railway station which took place 50 years ago to the day in 1968. Organised by the Milang Historic Railway Society in collaboration with SteamRanger Heritage […]

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National Grant Funds for South Australian History

December 5, 2017

The Peterborough History Group, Embroiderers’ Guild Museum and the History Trust of SA have each received a grant in the 2017 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) grant round. The CHG program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are […]

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Preserving and Accessing Collections

April 3, 2017

Digitisation has proved to be a popular topic with two workshops held in March booking out fast. Run as a partnership between the History Trust of South Australia and the State Library of South Australia the workshops were held in the north of the state at Port Augusta and in the south at Willunga on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The […]

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South Australian History Fund 2016-17 Grants

August 15, 2016

The South Australian History Fund (SAHF) 2016-17 grant round is now open and closes on Friday 19 August 2016. The South Australian History Fund (SAHF) is History SA’s annual grant fund supporting community groups to undertake small South Australian history projects. Funding for up to $2,000 for projects, $3,000 for publications and $5,000 for research […]

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Railway History is made at Milang

June 28, 2016

Port Milang Historic Railway Museum officially received their registration certificate marking their entry into the Community Museums Program, History SA’s Museums Standards program last Monday. The occasion was as unique as it was auspicious. The framed certificate was presented by History SA’s new CEO Greg Mackie to the museum’s President Allan McInnes, whilst standing on […]

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Dressing Up the History Festival

May 25, 2016

To create a big splash for the start of the History Festival History SA held a major event on the theme of dressing up. Held over three days, the Dressing Up program included a fashion parade of Victorian-era costumes and a workshop about underwear, a host of short talks and demonstrations on a huge variety […]

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Caring for your family treasures

April 28, 2016

There will be a special free conservation clinic on Tuesday 31 May at Mount Gambier City Hall offering expert advice to those in South Australia’s southeast, about caring for your family treasures. This clinic is ideal for those living in the South East who are concerned about those precious family heirlooms that are perhaps stored […]

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Community Heritage Grants

March 15, 2016

The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2016 Community Heritage Grants (CHG). The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations. Eligible projects include significance assessments, preservation […]

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War at Sea: the Navy in WWI exhibition

January 27, 2016

Over one hundred years ago – on 14 September 1914 – Australia’s first submarine AE1 disappeared while patrolling the seas near present day New Guinea. No trace of the vessel or its 35 hands has ever been found to this day. This story is now being told in War at Sea – the Navy in […]

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Grants to Community Museums Announced

December 22, 2015

We are pleased to announce that through History SA’s Community Museums Program (CMP) grant fund 29 projects have been supported for 2016, totalling $148,177. History SA received 43 applications from 29 museums in the 2015-16 CMP annual grant round which closed on 15 September. The majority of projects funded were for new or stage two […]

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Celebrating Centenarians

December 7, 2015

A series of short films ‘Celebrating Centenarians’ was recently launched by Resthaven Inc, the South Australian aged care community service of the Uniting Church in Australia. Aiming to celebrate the stories of people aged 100 years and over, this collaborative project between Resthaven and the University of South Australia was funded through a ‘Positive Ageing’ Grant, […]

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South Australia’s Railways and the World War Years

November 13, 2015

The National Railway Museum’s latest displays, South Australia’s Railways and the World War Years, were launched today by the Hon Susan Close, State Member for Port Adelaide.  Registered museum in History SA’s Community Museums Program (CMP), the museum received a 2013-14 CMP grant for the display which was developed by its Curator and Assistant Curator, Moana […]

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Mary MacKillop Museum becomes 63rd Registered Museum in CMP

October 30, 2015

The Mary MacKillop Exhibition Centre and Archives, now known as the Mary MacKillop Museum, is the latest community museum to achieve Registration status in History SA’s standards program. Community History Officers Amanda James and Pauline Cockrill, who run the program for History SA, have been working closely with the museum and archives management team at […]

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Community Heritage Grants Recipients 2015 announced

October 28, 2015

Eight community history groups in South Australia have been awarded federally-funded Community Heritage Grants (CHG) amounting to $54,560 in the National Library of Australia’s CHG program, it was announced today.  Overall, 75 grants were awarded Australia-wide in 2015, totalling $438,710. CHG provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, […]

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Celebrating Violets

September 16, 2015

On a sunny spring Saturday morning in early September, History SA’s Online Programs curator, Catherine and I attended the launch of a new interpretive sign on the Old Norton Summit Road alongside Third Creek Reserve. It seemed an odd place to be standing sharing a delicious afternoon tea on a turn around, with the intermittent […]

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Peterborough Print Shop Rolling On

September 2, 2015

The South Australian mid-north town of Peterborough is well known as a railway hub – the place where three railway gauges came together opening up the railways in the region and adding greatly to the ability of local farmers to get crops to ports.  But Peterborough has another claim to fame and last week Amanda […]

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