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Issue #1
July 2011


This month in POD NEWS:

Digitising workshops, Community History Awards, Local History Grants announced and more!

POD NEWS is published quarterly by the Community Archives team at Public Record Office of Victoria.

The newsletter goes out to over 150 organisations in Victoria. Individuals can join the mailing list on the Public Record Office Victoria website.

If your Place of Deposit (POD) has any news to share in the next issue, email Lisa Fletcher at by the 1 September 2011

Just Digitise It!

The first of our digitising workshops kicks off in Hamilton

Public Record Office Victoria recently visited Hamilton for ‘Just Digitise It’ – a two day practical workshop where participants learned how to digitise their cultural collections to preserve the material and make it more readily available. The event was well-attended with a bevy of questions from the audience before diving into the actual digitising process.

With organisations becoming increasingly interested in sharing their collections online, demand for information on digitising is growing.

As a result, our next workshop in Ballarat is already fully booked! For those who missed out and are interested in attending any future workshops in the area, email us at .We are also planning to publish training material online in the coming months, so keep an eye out; photos from the events are being posted in our Flickr gallery.
Workshops are still to come in Mildura and the Gippsland region. Dates and venues are yet to be confirmed and will be published on the Public Record Office Victoria website. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Daniel Wilksh setting up the equipment in Hamilton

Victorian Community History Awards now open!

Have you submitted your entry to the Victorian Community History Awards?

Launched on Tuesday 28 June 2011, the 2011 Victorian Community History Awards recognise the the contributions made by Victorians to the preservation of Victoria’s heritage.

The categories are:

  • Overall winner $5000
  • Best collaborative community work $2000
  • Best publication
    Commercial publication $2000
    Self or community publication $2000
  • Best exhibition $2000
  • Best community research, registers and records $4000
  • Best Walk/Tour $2000
  • Judges’ Discretionary Prize (if appropriate) $1000

The awards are a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition for your POD. Entries close 5pm Friday 19 August 2011.

Further information is available on the Public Record Office Victoria website. Photos from the launch are on the Flickr gallery.

Keeper of Public Records and Director of Public Record Office Victoria Justine Heazlewood with President of the Royal Historical Society of Victorian Andrew Lemon at the launch

Events and exhibitions

Share your events and exhibitions in POD NEWS

An afternoon tea will be held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Little River Mechanics Hall Library. Volunteer librarians and passionate supporters of the library, Peter and Sue Jones, have planned several special guest speakers and presentations to celebrate the occasion. For further details, please contact the society.

The Peacock and the Kookaburra exhibition at Creswick Museum celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Alexander Peacock's birth in Creswick. Open June 11 2011 until October 25 2011

Maldon's District Museum recently opened a new exhibit to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of Maldon Town's connection to the Electricity Grid, 30 June 1936. The museum has invited local schools and Derby Hill Camp to use the exhibit as part of their technology and change studies.

Home is Where the Hall is is a grassroots, community arts festival that celebrates the role of community halls across Victoria. To be held in November, events will be selected and designed by the local community. Register your hall event with Regional Arts Victoria

Forums and Training

Learning and development opportunities for your organisation

Caring for your Photos and Documents workshops at the Victorian Archives Centre on Thursday 11 August (book here) and Ballarat Archives Centre on Wednesday 19 October (book here). Participants are invited to bring in examples of photographs or paper documents from their own archives for specific conservation advice. Workshops also include a bonus tour of the repository.

Getting Started with Family History Research workshop at the Ballarat Archives Centre Wednesday 3 August (book here)
New Historians Evening, Royal Historical Society Victoria, Revisiting the Black Thursday bushfires, 6 February 1851 and Sand drifts and dust storms - farming on the margins, Tuesday 12 July 2011, 5.15pm tea/coffee, 5.45pm start

Funding and Awards

The latest news on funding, awards and other opportunities

Local History Grants Program 2010-2011 recipients announced - 81 community groups share in $355,000
Regional Funding Forums coming soon to Sale, Geelong and Horsham. Hear from representatives from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria

2011 Regional Achievement and Community Awards - closes Wednesday 13 July

Can you help?

Need some help? Try asking the readers of POD NEWS

Maldon’s District Museum are looking for three hat stands or hat blocks. If you happen to have a spare one lying around, please contact the museum.

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