Historical society wins award

For the second year in a row, Richmond River Historical Society in Lismore has been a winner at the annual IMAGinE awards. Now in their second year, the IMAGinE awards celebrate the achievements of both professional and volunteer-run museums and galleries in NSW and the ACT and those who work within them.

The Society won two awards in the volunteer-run section, one for Collection Management and the other for Excellence in running the museum . In winning the award for Collection Management, mention was made of the policies that the Society has developed in recent years, the enhanced documentation of the collection, the focus on locally significant items and the general management of the collections.

“The Society originally only applied for the first category, for Collection Management, but the panel was so impressed by our presentation that they also entered us in the fourth category, the Award for Excellence, and we won that as well," RRHS secretary Geoffrey Foley said.

Gallery and museum representatives from across NSW and the ACT converged on the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour on Saturday, October 17, for the presentation of the 2009 IMAGinE awards. This year saw 64 nominations across five categories including collection management, exhibitions, education and public engagement, as well as awards for excellence for both organisations and individuals.

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