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Community Museum Wrap-up for 2023

February 2, 2024

2023 was yet another busy year of travel for History Trust staff as we ventured out of Adelaide to visit some of our MaC members and other regional museums. In January we visited the Riverland to check in with Loxton Historical Village following their near miss with flood water in late 2022. Loxton had so […]

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Grants Survey Gets Results

July 6, 2023

The History Trust of South Australia (History Trust) would like to thank the SA history and museums community for your feedback. Hearing directly from you is vital for evaluating where we are today, and how best to proceed into the future. The Grant’s Survey was sent to 1,000 members of the South Australian History Network […]

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Yankallila Scanfest

June 19, 2023

For the 2023 History Festival this May the Digitising Collections the Yankalilla and District Historical Society (YDHS) held scanfests at Myponga and Inman Valley. We sent some of the Digitising Collections loan equipment and were keen to hear how things went. YDHS President Sue Speck shares the experience below. The Yankalilla and District Historical Society […]

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Digital Collections at Henley and Grange Historical Society

April 19, 2023

John Hannay from the Henley and Grange Historical Society shares here what he and other volunteers have been working on. After participating in the 2022 Digitising Collections SA training online the Henley and Grange Historical Society have borrowed the loan equipment purchased as part of the DPC funded pilot project. John shares some of the results below.  […]

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Regional Visit Wrap-up for 2022

December 14, 2022

After a couple of years of being largely Adelaide-bound, 2022 saw a welcome return to the road for History Trust staff working with the SA History Network. Amanda and Catherine visited the mid-North in March to meet with the Orroroo Historical Society about collections digitisation projects and with the Melrose Districts History Society & Heritage […]

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Congratulations Ardrossan Museum

November 8, 2022

We are thrilled that one of our Museums and Collections (MaC) members from South Australia’s diverse network of museums and historical groups were announced as winners of the Visitor Services Information Award at the Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA) awards night on Thursday, 3 November! The History Trust is proud to work with Ardrossan […]

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Digitisation Grants Apply Now

April 22, 2022

The History Trust is excited to announce special funding for the digitisation of South Australian historical collections! Digitisation Project Grants is an initiative aimed at enabling more collections and stories to be gathered, preserved and shared. Funding will support a small number of projects that make a significant contribution to the volume, scope or accessibility […]

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MaC Membership 0 to 80 in three years

April 8, 2022

The History Trust’s Museums and Collections (MaC) program is celebrating three years since inception early in 2019 and reaching a milestone of 80 MaC members! From the very first two members – Angaston & Penrice Historical Society and Mount Torrens History Group – to 80th member Beltana Progress Association, MaC members represent the breadth of […]

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Digitising Collections SA

February 17, 2022

The History Trust of South Australia is excited to be working on a new digitisation project! Department of Premier and Cabinet, Arts South Australia has provided funding to develop training, resources, and a community of practice for digitisation of collections across South Australia. With support from a Digital Access Consultative Group (DACG) made up of […]

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Reopening of Rejuvenated Latvian Museum

December 14, 2021

On Saturday 11 December, the History Trust of South Australia’s Community History Officers, Amanda James and Pauline Cockrill attended the reopening of Adelaide’s Latvian Museum, which has been closed to the public for around 5 years. Located at 36 Rose Terrace in Wayville, the museum was officially reopened by His Excellency Marģers Krams, Ambassador Extraordinary […]

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Grants Roundup

November 12, 2021

We know it can be tough keeping body and soul together in small collecting organisations and history groups. Knowing where to look for grants and funding is half the battle, so we’ve put a few together here to get you started. AMaGA CHART grants $3000 up for grabs This is another reminder that the one-off […]

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Visiting the City of Adelaide

September 22, 2021

On 22 September the History Trust of South Australia’s Community History Officers, Amanda James and Pauline Cockrill were delighted to be given a personal tour of the Clipper Ship, City of Adelaide by Director Peter Christopher. The City of Adelaide is currently berthed in Dock 2, Honey Street in Port Adelaide. The volunteer not-for-profit organisation […]

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New Interpretive Trail launched at Milang

June 1, 2021

Last Sunday 30 May, as part of South Australia’s History Festival, a new interpretive walking trail at Milang on the Fleurieu Peninsula was officially launched by Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie MP. An initiative of the Port Milang Railway Museum, the trail was funded by the History Trust of South Australia through our Museums and […]

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Launch of the Rejuvenated Round House

May 15, 2021

The CEO of the History Trust of South Australia (HTSA), Greg Mackie OAM launched the rejuvenated historic Round House on 5 May during South Australia’s History Festival.  The launch had been postponed from the previous year because of COVID.   Since early 2019 HTSA has been working with the Rural City of Murray Bridge (RCMB) […]

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Trees: Who Gives a Root?

January 29, 2021

Who Gives a Root? is the engaging title of a new fun, informative and interactive exhibition about our humble leafy friends – trees – which opened at Unley Museum last Thursday 28th January. The launch party was held appropriately in the shade of a large tree on the village green at the back of the […]

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Collections, Projects and a New Exhibition

October 27, 2020

As 2020 progresses into the final quarter plenty is happening in the SA History Network! Big splash after months of closure The Tea Tree Gully Museum recently held their first public event in six months, welcoming around 500 people to the outside areas of the museum site only and opening the museum’s latest exhibition ‘Pioneers […]

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MaC Funding and Membership on the Rise

October 27, 2020

A further $42,886 for eight MaC Projects grants was approved last month.  The projects each reflect the priorities of MaC members at the moment and include digitisation, storage, collections management, conservation, web development and audio interpretation.   A great range of projects and many from some of our newest MaC members! The full list of all project […]

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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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Vale Margaret Tiller

June 1, 2020

The Community History team of the History Trust of South Australia are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Margaret Tiller on the night of Sunday 31 May at the Mary Potter Hospice. Margaret was a much valued member of our South Australian History network, a long time committee member and volunteer at […]

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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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