Heidelberg Historical Society

About Us

Inside the Museum
Inside the Museum

We are a varied group of people with a shared interest in understanding and preserving the history of Heidelberg and surrounding suburbs. This includes helping to provide a place for the accumulation of objects and documents that add to the district's story. We want people to be able to find historic artefacts and information in the future. We want to make sure that these materials are not lost. And we enjoy working in the Heidelberg Museum.


What we do

Our expertise in history varies greatly. Many (perhaps most) of us have a general interest and have learnt as we went along. Some have skills gained from previous work and study. Others are serious students of history, including post graduate students. Everyone is welcome and everyone's contribution is appreciated.

Old Books
Old Books

COVID permitting, coffee time is an important part of Volunteer Work at the museum. You are likely to meet people with similar interests and the coffee is not too bad.

Coffee
Coffee and Tea

How You Can Join Us

Becoming a member is the best way to support the Society. It's also a way to make new friends, to share a common interest in local history and to learn new skills.

Click button to APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP. Then complete the on-line form and submit it according to the instructions on the page. Society membership gives you free entry to the museum and access to our resources. Members also receive a copy of our bi-monthly newsletter, the Heidelberg Historian.

Eaglemont
Older volunteers at Eaglemont.

Volunteering on Weekdays

We need members to assist in a wide range of ways.

Traditionally on Mondays and Thursdays, volunteers attend the museum to undertake a range of tasks, to share information and to enjoy each other's company - and the coffee.

You can choose the tasks. Some members like talking to visitors, some like researching historical records or the on-going task of cataloging our collection.

Some of the ways volunteers can assist include:—

  • Maintenance of the museum
  • Care of objects and records in our collections
  • Helping with research requests from the public
  • Assisting with displays in the museum
  • Recording and cataloging Historical items, including photographs, documents and objects
  • Finding new items to add to our collections
  • Photographing the District
  • Adding to our Blogs
  • Keeping our website up to date

Computers

Coffee and Computer
Don't spill the Coffee!

Skills in computer use are welcomed, but not essential. Some volunteers have learnt computer skills while working here, but others have chosen not to go near the keyboard. We have paper and digital in this museum.


The Museum

Staffing the Museum on Sundays

Volunteering on Sundays is a good way to become more familiar with the museum's collections. There are always more experienced members to assist new volunteers.

The museum requires 4 volunteers each Sunday afternoon

  • To set up and open at 2PM
  • To greet visitors and direct them to their areas of interest
  • To assist with research requests.
  • Other enquiries

CONTACT US

    Postal Address
  • Heidelberg Historical Society
  • PO Box 39
  • Heidelberg VIC 3084
  • AUSTRALIA
    Email Address: heidelberg.historical.society@gmail.com
    Phone: (03) 9455 2130