This focus area aims to recognise communities which proudly preserve and value the culture and history of their town.
The traditional role of museums is to collect objects and materials of cultural, religious and historical importance, preserve them, research into them and present them to the public for the purpose of education and enjoyment. A natural history museum or museum of natural history is a scientific institution with natural history collections that include current and historical records of animals, plants, fungi, ecosystems, geology, paleontology, climatology, and more.
Digitising your collection is an important part of its preservation, conservation and accessibility.
Culturally Significant Artefacts
Cultural artefact is a term used in the social sciences, particularly anthropology, ethnology and sociology for anything created by humans which gives information about the culture of its creator and users. Artefacts – the objects we make and use – are part of history. If we know how to look at them, they can be sources for better understanding of history. To understand the past, we have to understand the artefacts of the past. Culture is a strong part of people’s lives. It influences their views, their values, their humour, their hopes, their loyalties and their worries and fears. So when you are working with people and building relationships with them, it helps to have some perspective and understanding of their cultures.
- Assessing cultural heritage significance (Queensland Government)
- Cultural heritage database and register (Queensland Government)
- Cultural heritage management plans (Queensland Government)
- Guidelines – Cultural Heritage Management Plan (Queensland Government)
- Report a discovery (Queensland Government)
- Explore Queensland’s historic underwater heritage (Queensland Government)
Cemeteries, Memorial parks and Gardens
A cemetery or memorial park is a place where the remains of dead people are buried, ashes are scattered or stored. The word cemetery implies that the land is specifically designated as a burial ground. Cemeteries are an important part of Australia’s past. The monuments of our ancestors provide a history of the nation’s growth and a valuable insight into its development. Cemeteries may be the only place where a person’s life is recorded.