Award for Archives

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Dr Jenny Bars, Graham Hawtin, synod archives volunteer Joan Hammonds and Dr Julie Cotter from Creative Victoria. Photograph by Simon Fox, Deakin University.

The dedication of Victorian Synod Archives volunteers has been recognised with an award from Museums Australia.

Synod records manager Graham Hawtin, synod archivist Dr Jenny Bars and volunteer Joan Hammonds were presented with the 2018 Victorian Collections Award for Excellence in Museum Cataloguing at the awards night hosted by Melbourne Museum in late August.

Mr Hawtin said the award was testament to the hard work of Archives volunteers and staff.

“This is a real vote of confidence in the many thousands of hours of dedicated volunteering effort by the dozen or so regular helpers over the last couple of years,” he said.

Under the careful direction of our experienced synod archivist Dr Jenny Bars, who has really championed this project from the start, we are building a fantastic online resource which is opening up a wealth of fascinating material to researchers, wherever they are in the world.”

Now in its 25th year, the Victorian Museum Awards highlight outstanding achievements in the Victorian museum, gallery and collecting sector.

This year’s awards night honoured the work of organisations that have begun digitising their artefacts using the Victorian Collections online cataloguing system.

More than 145,000 objects from over 500 organisations are catalogued on Victorian Collections, with most of publicly available.

Synod Archives was one of five organisations nominated for Victorian Collections Award in the paid staff organisation category.

Nominated organisations were judged on the number of artefacts catalogued, the proportion of items catalogued with accompanying photos, the quality of the records, the depth of historical research involved, and the percentage of records made public.

Synod Archives, largely through the work of volunteers, has put about 1000 items on Victorian Collections with more images and cataloguing information added every few weeks.

“We have already received lots of feedback from users of the system which has added greatly to our knowledge of the people, places and artefacts featured on our part of the Victorian Collection site,” Mr Hawtin said.

“It also shows the power of volunteering and what can be achieved when committed people choose to give up just a few hours a week to benefit others.”

See the Victorian Synod Archives on Victorian Collections at: https://victoriancollections.net.au/organisations/uniting-church-archives-synod-victoria

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