What’s happening with Heidelberg Historical Society?
The management committee has decided to begin re-opening the museum in three stages.
- Stage 1: Return of weekday volunteers:
Starting from 1 July 2020 (subject to government advice), it will be possible for weekday volunteers to return to work. However, only those who have made prior arrangements will be at the museum and for the moment, no visitors will be allowed.
- Stage 2: Re-opening of the museum and research room on Sundays:
Our July committee meeting will focus on plans needed for allowing timed visits (especially in the research room) by the public. As to when we open will depend on the availability of our Sunday volunteers.
- Stage 3: Speaker Program:
At this stage, the program remains on hold.
We thank our members for their patience and understanding.
Members are encouraged to use the online resources available at this website for research, and for news about further developments.
As well as our photographs and maps, the Members section contains links to all 317 of our Heidelberg Historian newsletters. Material will be added to the blog and our Facebook page from time to time.
If you are not a member you can join by submitting the online application form
which will be processed by our Secretary promptly.
26th June 2020
Heidelberg Historical Society Weekday Volunteers win an award!
Posted on Monday, 20th May 2019 by Janine Rizzetti
Congratulations to the weekday volunteers at Heidelberg Historical Society who, on Sunday 20th May, were honoured by receiving the Community Group Award at Banyule Council’s Banyule Volunteer Awards.
Our volunteers were among a group of eighteen community groups nominated for the award - and we won!!
Congratulations: Eve Almond, Brenda Andrea, Elizabeth Banham, Margaret Birtley, John Butler, Brenda Brook, Maggie Callaghan, Fiona Campbell, Helene Gannac, Warren Hicks, Mathilde LeFort, Kathy Liley, Sue Markby, Graham Thorley,
We decided to nominate those weekday volunteers who are not also committee members but of course, committee member volunteers are also here every week. They include: Steven Barlow, Jenn Burgess, Nick Gammon, Mary Reid, Janine Rizzetti, Graeme Speers, Patricia Tippett, Kim Torney, Mike Torney.
Our nomination read:
Heidelberg Historical Society has been operating for 52 years and provides an insight into the history and development of the Heidelberg district and subsequent municipalities through a range of collections and exhibitions.
This particular cohort of weekday volunteers had its genesis in 2004 and have made it possible for the Society to create 14 distinct databases that allow material to be located quickly and efficiently. These databases include real estate brochures, oral histories, photographs, community archives, scanned hard copy resources, newspaper indexes and object and book catalogues.
In the last 12 months the group has added 744 images to the photograph and map databases and have increased the digitised general information files by 269 PDFs.
This cataloguing effort is an ongoing and cumulative effort that not only captures the past, but documents the present for researchers in the future.
These volunteers are also the backbone of social events held at the museum, participate in our open meetings held every second month, and act as volunteers for Sunday openings of the museum and research room.
The work of this group makes it possible for Heidelberg Historical society to provide resources and information to visitor, Banyule Council and the wider community. They enable the Society to document the rich history of the local community for future generations to enjoy.