Media release: Friday, 20 January 2012
The National Archives has welcomed the news that the Government's Visions of Australia program has granted funding for two new exhibitions.
Announced by Minister for the Arts, the Hon Simon Crean MP, the project has provided $120,985 to tour the Archives' latest exhibition Traversing Antarctica: the Australian experience.
Further funding of $100,000 will enable the National Archives to develop a new exhibition exploring the Australian Government's campaign to attract more than six million new migrants after World War II.
'We are delighted that the cultural and historical value of both these exhibitions has been recognised by Visions of Australia,' said Director-General David Fricker. 'This funding means we will have the opportunity of sharing more fascinating aspects of the National Archives' collection with Australians across the nation.'
Mr Fricker said the National Archives was very proud of its latest exhibition, (currently on display at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart) which traces Australia's relationship with Antarctica, from Douglas Mawson's first expedition until the present day. It is due to be launched in Canberra in March 2012.
'By developing the exhibition in conjunction with the Australian Antarctic Division, we were able to ensure it features current scientific and environmental research, as well as the early feats of exploration,' he said. 'Our exhibition team also worked closely with the Western Australian Museum and is pleased the finished project will tour to the west.'
'The immigration exhibition also funded by this program will portray a key part of our nation's history that is of personal interest to millions of Australians. It will accompany an interactive online project, already under way, aimed at using "crowdsourcing" to identify some of the thousands of immigrants captured in images by government photographers at the time.'