Wingham Museum has received a grant to purchase an archival scanner and computer.
The scanner will be used to create permanent digital records of the museum's portraits, photographs, films and other vulnerable documents.
The digital copies will provide ongoing access to the collection, while the originals are preserved in archival storage. This was a key recommendation of conservator, Kay Soderlund in her 2019 assessment of the museum and its collection.
"Our photographic collection is particularly important to the museum", photographic curator, Judy Yarrington said.
"Every theme in the museum is documented by photographs of people, places, buildings, community celebrations and events. This project will help us preserve that history".
This project was made possible by the 2020 Community Building Partnership grant funded through the NSW government. Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead informed the museum of its successful application in December and presented the Manning Valley Historical Society management committee with a cheque for $7663 in January.
As the largest collections organisation in the MidCoast Council LGA, Wingham Museum offers the people of the Manning and visitors a unique cultural and heritage experience. It has become an important tourist and education destination, as well as an archive of great significance.
Wingham Museum is open to the public from 10am to 4pm, seven days a week.
The Museum's Archives and Research Center is open on Tuesdays with research and collections volunteers available for inquiries.
Wingham Museum is located at 12 Farquhar Street, Wingham. Contact Manning Valley Historical Society on 6553 5823.