2019 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards
Ipswich Historical Society Inc.
Interactive Touchscreen WWI Ipswich War Stories
This project involved the purchase and installation of an interactive kiosk to display stories of Ipswich WW1 servicemen. A Department of Veterans Affairs grant was obtained to pay for the kiosk.
The interactive kiosk expands information about the people named on three Ipswich WW1 honour boards displayed in an Anzac Centenary Spirit of Service funded display.
An aim of the project was to take the Society into the digital age and to engage younger audiences by creating new opportunities for volunteers and visitors. Through providing digital literacy training to volunteers and seeking grants for digital products and equipment, they have up-skilled their members, encouraging them to attend workshops on how best to share stories and learn effective research techniques from WW1 historians and other like community organisations.
BEMAC funding was received for a related video project. Information technology experts developed content, researched by the project officers into a suitable format for the kiosk, and ongoing research will contribute more content over time. For example, information about servicemen who returned to civilian life is now being researched in conjunction with veterans’ organisations and families still residing in the Ipswich area.
Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum
Publication of new book ‘Moments in Time: A Pictorial History of Hervey Bay & Surrounds 1890 to 2018’
The Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation established in 1974. This project centred on publication of Moments in Time: A Pictorial History of Hervey Bay & Surrounds 1890 to 2018, the third major book published by the Museum in recent years. This 200-page, full-colour publication involved 12 months of collecting, sorting, compilation and editing by the volunteers, with many hours spent editing and enhancing some of the old photographs and researching the locations.
From the Museum’s extensive Collection, they accessed extremely rare glass negatives from the 1890s, postcards from the 1920s, and panagrams of 1950 as well as the decades up to 2019.
The project was supported by Fraser Coast Regional Council and has been extremely well received by the general public.