Victorian Collections www.victoriancollections.net.au is a free, easy to use, online cataloguing system for all types of collecting organisations throughout Victoria developed in partnership by Museums Australia (Victoria), the professional body for museums, and Museum Victoria, the State Museum.
Victorian Collections assists users in learning cataloguing, research and computer skills as an online tool for groups wanting to switch from manual to digital cataloguing. This initiative provides up‐skilling in computer and internet tools for volunteers, and makes our shared stories accessible to everyone.
This celebratory event was held on Tuesday 5 June, honouring the dedication of 165 organisations, including a large number from the Goldfields, who have already catalogued 4,800 items on the website helping record and share Victoria’s significant cultural heritage.
For the past twelve months the project has undertaken pilot training and consultation sessions with historical societies, RSL’s, community collections and museums throughout Victoria. It was officially launched by Penny Hutchinson, Arts Victoria, at the Museums Australia (Victoria) State Conference in March 2012.
“Connecting people in hands‐on training for this online tool has produced fantastic results with over 4,800 objects digitised by 140 pilot community groups” said Laura Miles, Executive Director.
“Working with Museum Victoria’s technical experts on Victorian Collections has helped volunteers bring their collections and stories to a wider online audience. Museums Australia (Victoria)’s dedicated museum training enables Victorian volunteers to take effective digital photographs and scans of precious items to both share them with the public today and preserve them for the future.”
Photos by Tracey Serna.