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Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

Synagogue coordinator Margaret Price and volunteer Val Anderson with a calligraphy scroll from 1891 that was addressed to the Earl of Jersey from the Aldermen of Silverton. A recent grant will help determine the best way to maintain objects like this. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Synagogue coordinator Margaret Price and volunteer Val Anderson with a calligraphy scroll from 1891 that was addressed to the Earl of Jersey from the Aldermen of Silverton. A recent grant will help determine the best way to maintain objects like this. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

The Historical Society has received funding to help it assess the significance of its collection.

The Broken Hill Historical Society Museum was awarded $5,100 from the NSW Government’s program to improve and expand collections and facilities in small community museums.

It will enable the Society to engage a consultant to form the assessment of the collections at the Synagogue of the Outback Museum, Silverton Gaol Museum, Silverton Education School Museum and the Mosque. 

Synagogue coordinator, Margaret Price, said it pays for Museums Advisor and Consultant Yvonne Routledge to undertake the work.

“It highlights the importance of the collection and the buildings,” Mrs Price said.

“It will raise the profile and value of the museums.”

Mrs Price said Ms Routledge will determine which items in the museums are of significance.

“We know of a few objects that are sure to be significant,” she said.

Once the articles have been assessed; Ms Routledge will recommend how they can be maintained.

“We hope to be able to keep the articles in better condition than what they are now,” Mrs Price said.

Local MP Kevin Humphries said the NSW Government was happy to support the local museums which play a vibrant role in showcasing local history and culture.

“This money will help improve the quality of our collections and exhibitions and lead to more rewarding experiences for visitors,” Mr Humphries said.

The Historical Society will hold a meeting on March 8 at the Synagogue (165 Wolfram Street) at 7.30pm for anyone interested in joining or helping out.

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