The Powerhouse Museum’s Regional Outreach Program is supporting cultural heritage organisations across New South Wales to record, preserve and display their collections for the benefit of regional communities. Organisations and individuals with a specific project are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for support through Regional Internships, the Movable Heritage Fellowship, and the Professional Advice and Project Assistance program.
Regional Stakeholder Forum
Each year in November the Powerhouse Museum, in partnership with the other Cultural Institutions, and service agencies hosts a forum to encourage communication between the organisations and a better understanding of the issues and opportunities for those working in the regional cultural sector.
Professional Advice and Project Assistance is available across all the collection areas and other areas of museum practice such as developing exhibitions, museum learning, publishing, security and marketing. Note, if a site visit is arranged then a fee to cover costs incurred may apply.
The Powerhouse Museum Regional Internships provide training and development opportunities for regional and rural cultural heritage workers. Placements are for up to four weeks and interns can apply for financial assistance (maximum of $750 per week) towards their accommodation and travel costs. Small groups working on projects are also encouraged to apply.
The program is offered in three parts:
Read the 2012 interns from Gulgong Pioneers Museum blog post
Regional Internship Guidelines (PDF document)
Regional Internship Application form (PDF Document)
Regional Internship Application form (WORD document)
Powerhouse Museum Movable Heritage Fellowship
Movable heritage is a term used to define any natural or manufactured object of heritage significance. A tertiary student enrolled in a course relevant to the research and documentation of an aspect of the movable heritage of NSW, is annually awarded the Fellowship to undertake a research project on an object or group of objects in a NSW community museum, historical society or other collecting institution. The student will receive $5,000 and spend a minimum of one week at the Powerhouse Museum working with a supervisor.
The project outcome will depend on the student’s interests. For example, in the Albury Regional Museum there is a small collection of objects relating to two Chinese market gardening families in the town. Students could: write a background paper on the history of market gardening in Albury as told through these objects and include significance statements for some of these objects; having researched the objects and their significance in Albury history, write a radio play based around the experiences of Chinese market gardeners in the district; or develop an activity for primary aged school children using these objects.
Read 2012 intern Sally Inchbold-Busby blog post of her experience
Movable Heritage Fellowship Guidelines (PDF document)
Movable Heritage Fellowship form (PDF Document)
Movable Heritage Fellowship form (WORD document)
Further information and how to apply
Applications for 2013 Project Assistance have closed
Applications for 2013 Regional Internships have closed
Applications for the 2013 Movable Heritage Fellowship close 1 February 2013.
Successful 2013 program recipients
There will be 18 organisations involved in the 2013 program with nine organisations benefiting from professional advice, workshops and site visits by Powerhouse Museum staff, and staff and volunteers from five organisations receiving internships.
Professional Advice and Project Assistance
Movable Heritage Fellowship
2013 applications now open (see guidelines and application form above) closing 1 February 2013.
In 2012 there were two successful applicants.
Rosemarie Strange, enrolled at the Australian National University, for her research project on the Hume Dress collection at the Boorowa Museum.
Roslyn Carroll, enrolled at the University of New England for her research project on the Sir William Hudson’s Treasures” collection at the Adaminaby Snowy Scheme Museum.