|3 December, 2003
CLUNES MUSEUM Receives Special Grant
The Clunes Museum has received a boost with a Museums
Australia (Victoria) SIP 2003 Grant of $12,868.05.
The grant will be used to install Museum lighting in
Museum representative Pat Cook Curator/ Secretary says
the grant will benefit the museum by protecting sensitive
exhibits from damaging light levels, and enhance the displays
with appropriate lighting.
Grants for these kinds of small projects are rarely available,
and raising the funds in other ways can take museum personnel
away from more hands-on work behind the scenes.
The 2003 Small Infrastructure Project (SIP) Grants offer
financial assistance for regional museums undertaking
small projects that draw on recognised museum standards.
SIP is an initiative of Museums Australia (Victoria) funded
through the Arts Victoria Regional Arts Infrastructure
SIP 2003 is providing assistance to regional museums
to meet immediate costs for items such as conservation
materials, improved storage and display facilities, environmental
control measures and collection management tools and equipment.
"Museums Australia recognises that these sorts of
items are essential for museums in caring for and displaying
their collections in the best possible way," said
Helen Rayment, Executive Director at the Victorian Branch
of Museums Australia. "The 2003 SIP Grants acknowledge
and support the commitment many smaller regional museums
have to improve their standards, and the goals and plans
they have in place."
Participation in the Museums Accreditation Program (MAP)
has enabled many groups to identify their own needs and
meet the requirements to be invited to apply for SIP Funding.
Evaluating and addressing areas for improvement is one
benefit of MAP, a program that supports Victorian museums
in preserving our unique heritage. The Clunes Museum has
been MAP Accredited since 1994.
Pat Cook, Secretary/ Curator
Clunes Museum, 36 Fraser Street, Clunes 3370. Ph. 5345
Open: Saturday 10am - 4.30pm, Sunday, Public Holidays
& School Holidays 11am - 4.30pm, or by appointment.
Fiona Salmon and Kylie Dunstan
Co-Managers, Museum Accreditation Program (MAP)
Telephone: 03) 8341 7341 / 8341 7340