Consultants sought for cultural heritage training

Filed under Heritage & Historical, News ~ by Press on  18 Dec 2018

Lake Macquarie City Council will appoint a heritage expert to work with local historical groups, auditing significant items in their collections.

Pictured – Rathmines RAAF seaplane base in 1943 [Image credit Rathmines Catalina Cultural Association]

Cultural Services Manager Jacqui Hemsley said there had never been a citywide survey to gauge the breadth and depth of historic items held.

“We’ve got some wonderful historical societies with some amazing collections, but in order to make those collections more accessible to the community and to use them in public programs, we need to know exactly what they are,” Ms Hemsley said.

“We need someone to work with these groups and Council’s Cultural Services staff to find out what we have and how significant these items are.”

The successful applicant will work with three historical groups: the Teralba Miners Museum, the West Wallsend Mining Museum and the Rathmines Catalina Cultural Association.

Ms Hemsley said he or she would have wide experience working for museums and/or heritage institutions.

Funding for the consultant will be provided by the NSW Government’s NSW Heritage Grants (Community Heritage Projects) program.

Expressions of interest close on 7 January 2019.

Go to Council’s Social History and Heritage Programs page for more information.

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