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2019 has been a very successful year for the Glen Innes & District Historical Society in many ways, not least our fortunate receipt of a number of funding grants.  The major grant, and the one most obvious to our many visitors, was received from NSW Heritage Near Me, under their Heritage Activation Grants Program. This very welcome grant was channeled into the refurbishment of the Land of the Beardies Museum front façade, including replacement of damaged panels, rotten window frames, broken window glass, and a fresh coat or two of heritage paint.

Other grant successes were the new Fireproof Storage Room (NSW Regional Cultural Fund); funds to upgrade the Museum’s rear mobility access entrance (Crown Reserves Improvement Fund); a new wall-mounted display monitor and DVD player (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal); a new illuminated glass display cabinet for our Children’s Room (Museums & Galleries of NSW); and two new map/plan storage cabinets (White Rock Wind Farm).

Combined with other projects, either completed or underway, and with the Museum’s Golden Anniversary celebrations taking place in the museum grounds on the 26th January 2020, this means that the Land of the Beardies will be renewed, refreshed and ready to face the New Year and its next half-century.

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