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What do you want from us?

Here at Archives Outside we’ve been coming up with some creative ideas about posts we’d like to bring you in 2014. However, it’s not really about us, it’s about you. We’d love to hear from you and know about the type of posts you’d like to see on the blog. Here is a quick survey. Please let us know what you want!

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Powerhouse Museum – Apply now: 2014 Regional Services Program (Applications close 27 September 2013)

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Applications for Mentorships and Internships from Powerhouse Museum

In less than two weeks applications will close for Expressions of Interest for the 2014 Regional Services program. If you would like assistance with a project, get collection advice from our experts, have a Powerhouse Museum presenter at a workshop, or undertake an internship placement or mentorship with staff of the Museum, please lodge an application by 27 September 2013. For further information see the guidelines and applications forms .

Digital Imagery as a Tool for Historical Research

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William Oates from the University of New England Heritage Centre, a frequent contributor to Archives Outside, recently gave a talk on using digital images as a tool for historical research. It is a wide ranging talk using some great images as examples. Bill also gives Archives Outside a shoutout (thanks Bill!) and references some of the crowdsourcing posts from the blog.

 Access the talk

To Access the talk click on the link below. Scroll through the list of talks and select the talk titled, William Oates – Digital Imagery as Tools for Historical Research.

William Oates-Digital Imagery as Tools for Historical Research

 Archives Outside resources mentioned in the talk


Get your skates on and check out our new favourite blog

The team at CSU Regional Archives, Wagga Wagga have put together a blog On Record @ CSU Regional Archives featuring posts based on items in their collection. Here is a sample of their work.


Roller skating has proven to be a favourite pastime for the people of Wagga Wagga, with a number of skating rinks existing in the town over the years.

This keenness for skating is supported by the fact that during the winter months of 1888 there was enough interest to necessitate the existence of two competing skating rinks. The first to open on May 7, 1888 was the Wagga Roller Skating Rink located in the Freemason’s Hall, and was followed by the Victoria Skating Rink on June 1, 1888 which saw the Albion Flour Mill on the corner of Kincaid and Trail Street transformed into a first class skating floor.

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Archival storage as Art


Last year we were visited by photographer Angela Welyczko who was photographing archival storage areas in the Sydney region.  Her work is now on display at the Robin Gibson Gallery as part of the New Talent exhibition.

Storage Space: Inside the Archive explores collecting and storing at a public and institutional level. The work encompasses both the archive and the stored collection, showing the differences and revealing the complexities, idiosyncrasies and reasons for being. Within this investigation, the study of the archive becomes a device for a broader study of the human condition, specifically, our fear of mortality, our human bias, and our fear of loss.
View the exhibition online

The New Talent exhibition runs from 1-26 June

Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm

278 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst
Sydney NSW 2010 Australia

Call for Nominations – NSW Premier’s History Awards 2013

The State Library of NSW has announced the opening of nominations
for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2013.


According to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell:

“Fostering of scholarship in literature and history is central to civil society. Knowledge of who we are and where we have come from creates a richer, more tolerant and more confident society.

The winners will be presented at an awards ceremony in September 2013.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, in association with Arts NSW, the NSWPremier’s History Awards offers prizes in five categories:

  • Australian History Prize
  • General History Prize
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize
  • Young People’s History Prize
  • Multimedia History Prize

Total prize money in 2013 is $75,000 – $15,000 for each category.
All works nominated for the NSW Premier’s History Awards 2013 must be
published, produced or made publicly available between 1 April 2012 and
31 March 2013.

Nominations may be made by authors or by their authorised
representative: agent, publisher, professional theatre company, film
distributor, production company, or broadcasting company or corporation.
Nomination forms and guidelines for the awards are available from

Nominations close: 5pm, Friday 28 June 2013

For more information please contact: Kate Butler, Awards Coordinator, State Library of NSW (02) 9273 1582 or

International Archives Day!

This is a great post from Kate Cumming on our sister blog Future Proof to celebrate International Archives Day which was on Sunday 9 June.

is the droids we're looking for in the Internet Archive?

Today’s records can also help tomorrow’s businesses to be smarter, more efficient and more strategic by using core information for clever reuse and analysis. But before they can serve any of these purposes in the future, we really need to protect and manage our archival records today.
Archives are really important. And today they really do need proactive identification, care and management from their creation to ensure they are going to be around for as long as our society needs to use them.

So let’s celebrate Archives Day on 9 June. Let’s treasure the amazing archival records we have and plan for the safeguarding and maintenance of our archival records into the future.

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Community Heritage Grants 2013

Our Boys at the Front

Community Heritage Grant Applications are open for 2013.

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

Since 1994, $4.5 million has been awarded to community organisations throughout Australia.

The types of projects supported include Significance Assessments of collections; Preservation Needs Assessments of collections; conservation activities and collection management; and training workshops.

CHG is funded by the Australian Government through the National Library of Australia; the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia.

The Closing date for Applications is 1 May 2013

Crowdsourcing Christmas! #Christmasinaalborg (#Juleniaalborg ) – Aalborg City Archives on Instagram

Bente Jensen, archivist Aalborg City Archives

Christmas 2012 will soon be History. This was the slogan of Aalborg City Archives’* Christmas project last year using social media as: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The City Archives have celebrated Christmas through calendars with historical films and photos on Facebook, website and Flickr the last couple of years. This year, we added an accession of Christmas photos through social media: Why?

The Christmas Market in Aalborg (photo Anders_Hammer)

The Christmas Market in Aalborg (photo Anders_Hammer)

First because the City Archives lack modern Christmas photographs in the holding. We hold many photographs from the 1900s but lack contemporary documentation of Christmas. At the same time Christmas is a good opportunity because everybody in Denmark connects something with the season.

Secondly because the archives wanted to test a new accession method and user involvement to use in future projects in 2013, # juleniaalborg is a preliminary project.

3rd because we wanted to test whether people wanted to join and if they did, who would?

4th because from a historical point of view it is interesting, which motives people associate with #Christmasinaalborg 2012

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