City releases historical artefacts study for comment

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Greater Bendigo City Council has released its Strategic Artefacts Report for comment.

The report was completed by independent museum expert Dr Megan Cardamone and investigates the long term sustainability of Greater Bendigo’s historical artefacts.

The report details the work of five Greater Bendigo community groups that currently care for around 45,000 local heritage items on behalf of the Greater Bendigo community and points out that there are numerous other community groups with other historical collections across the municipality.

It also argues that Greater Bendigo needs an appropriately staffed storage facility, built and managed to national standards to properly preserve objects and artefacts that relate to local history and heritage.

The report makes the following four key recommendations:

  • Establish and staff an object storage and preservation facility
  • Support viability of the groups
  • Engage in contingency planning
  • Commission a museum feasibility study

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the various historical societies who were managing many of the artefacts were extremely dedicated to preserving local history for future generations.

“This report is thorough and considered and offers practical long and short term solutions for the best care, storage, and public access to our valuable community assets,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“We need to be planning for the future of our collections, whether it is Council collections, organisations or community groups.

“The lack of good storage, care and management is a serious issue for our community heritage artefacts and objects.

“We encourage anyone with an interest in this area to read the report and let us know what they think.”

The report is available for public comment until Thursday March 22, 2018 and can be found at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Services/Heritage/Heritage-studies

 

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