Helping hand for museums

(Media Release - 8 August 2011)

MUSEUMS across the Alpine Shire are receiving a helping hand to cement their long-term sustainability.

Heritage consultant Rob Kaufman, from LRGM-Services, has been appointed by council to help historical societies develop their ability to attract volunteers, fundraise and become more sustainable.

Representatives from the Harrietville, Myrtleford, Bright and Kiewa Valley historical societies and Bright RSL Military Museum make up the Alpine Shire Heritage Network (ASHN), which was formed last year.

The ASHN this week received $5000 from the State Government.

The process kicked off last week with visits to each of the group’s museums.

Mr Kaufman said his role was to help local museums become more sustainable.

“We’re looking at increasing volunteer pools and creating an advantageous model to help obtain access to funding from grants,” he said.

Alpine museums get helping hand

HELPING HAND: Alpine Shire Heritage Network members (from left) Bruce Nordeck, John Taylor, Kaye Purden, Alpine Shire Council community building facilitator Jan Mock, Kay Adams and Sally and Martin Peet thank (middle) Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla) for a $5000 State Government funding boost last week.

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