Cultural Heritage Collections Assistance Program

30 September 2019, 05:00 PM

Indigo Shire's Burke Museum and Cultural Heritage Team is offering an exciting new program, through which community groups that manage, curate or display cultural heritage collections can be allocated a five-day block of staffing assistance to help deliver suitable projects.

Register your interest through the online form below to download the application documents.

Applications close 5pm Monday 30 September 2019.


Community groups such as museums, historical societies, RSLs, archives and clubs hold many significant cultural heritage collections. Many are managed by volunteers, and often don’t have the time, staffing resources or expertise to undertake important projects.

Indigo Shire’s Burke Museum and Cultural Heritage team has designed this program as a way to identify suitable projects across the shire, and to allocate professional staffing assistance and time to assist in delivering them.

Who is eligible?

This program is open to community, charity or not for profit groups within Indigo Shire Council borders that manage, curate or display cultural heritage collections. These could be physical artefacts, document archives, photographic collections or similar.

The program is not currently open to private businesses or individuals with cultural heritage collections. 

How do I apply?

Please apply by filling out the attached application and risk/OHS forms, and emailing them to

How will the program run?

Applications will be assessed for eligibility by a panel of Indigo Shire Council staff. A schedule will then be developed in collaboration with applicants. Please be aware that, due to the nature of the schedule, projects will need to be staggered over a 12 to 24-month period.

Each participating organisation will be allocated a single, five-day block (one working week) of staffing assistance. Each project will take place two months apart. This will allow six projects from six different organisations to be completed per year.

At the end of the allocated projects from the first round of applications, the program will be assessed for suitability to continue. At this stage initial applicants will be invited to apply again for a second week of assistance. 

What kind of projects will you support?

This program will support projects relating to cultural heritage collections. Some suggestions are collection storage reviews, exhibition design and planning, strategic planning, preparing collection policies, refreshing displays, undertaking collection audits, cataloguing, digitisation, photography, scanning or grant design and writing.

What will Indigo Shire Council provide?

Council will provide full time staffing assistance for one working week (five days) from the Burke Museum team. Depending on the nature of the project, this will include the Manager, Collection Manager and/or Experience Curator. The team will be able to provide use of some museum equipment such as cameras and scanners, as well as basic collection materials such as gloves, tools and a trolley.

This program does not currently include any funding or monetary assistance, and all materials will need to be supplied by the participating organisation. 

What do you need to provide?

Each organisation must provide one project leader, who will be the main contact for the program.

Each organisation must commit to a five-day block to undertake the project. Burke Museum staff will available to assist you for this period.

Each organisation must provide a safe and suitable workspace for Council staff, and commit to having at least one member of the organisation with the Burke staff at all times. Council reserves the right to assess workspaces for safety and risk, and to reject applications on these grounds.

What is the program timeline?

Applications open: Monday 2 September 2019

Applications close: Monday 30 September 2019

Schedule published: Monday 14 October 2019

Register your interest