News & Events

Museum Reopening

2020-06-12T15:23:28+10:00June 12th, 2020|

We are pleased to announce that the Land of the Beardies has reopened, as of Friday, 12th June.

The Museum is opening with an initial trial of a reduced four-day long weekend, under the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. The doors will be open to visitors each Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday: 10am – 12noon & 1pm -4pm. There will be a maximum of 20 visitors allowed in the museum at any one time; along with the mandatory distancing protocols. We kindly request that any large groups/tours please make an advanced booking, to allow us to prepare. Please note that Research Enquiries are still being looked after remotely: ring 02 6732 1035 or email (mark: ‘Attn. Research’). See you soon!

Museum Shutdown

2020-03-24T11:25:18+11:00March 23rd, 2020|

As with many public venues, the COVID-19 virus has regretfully forced upon the Glen Innes & District Historical Society the decision to close the doors of the Museum until further notice. Effective as of Monday, 23rd March.

The Society has a fundamental responsibility to take care of the wellbeing of our dedicated and valued volunteers. The Beardies are all volunteers and many boast a wealth of years, some being engaged in the health challenges those years present. Taking into consideration the general demographic of the majority of our visitors – intra & interstate and international – the very real potential threat to health that exposure to the COVID-19 virus presents demands a response that minimises any possibility of coming into contact. Hence the decision to close public access until the current situation improves. We very much look forward to reopening and welcoming everyone back in the not-to-distant future. Take care and stay well.

NB: In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, we are currently still available for research and other enquiries via telephone or email. 02 6732 1035 /

A good year!

2019-11-25T15:53:04+11:00November 25th, 2019|

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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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Next Monthly General Meeting

2018-08-18T07:53:18+10:00May 12th, 2018|

Our next Monthly General Meeting will be held on Monday 27 August 2018.

For any further enquiries, please either email us at or phone (02) 6732 1035.

All welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Next Annual General Meeting

2018-08-18T07:53:54+10:00May 12th, 2018|

Our next AGM will be 27 August 2018 at 9.30am in the Eric and Rachel Potter Memorial Building in the grounds of the Glen Innes and District History House Museum and Research Centre. Nomination Forms for the election of Office Bearers are available by contacting the Museum.

This will be followed by our Monthly Meeting.

For any further enquiries please either email us at or phone (02) 6732 1035.

All welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Many Cultures – Our History – Conference

2018-04-20T13:28:31+10:00April 20th, 2018|

We are so pleased with the response we have had from our Conference, ‘Many Cultures – Our History’.

See below for just a few photographic memories … and some feedback from attendees!:

‘The speakers were excellent and thought provoking. I enjoyed it all. Clearly there is still a strong thirst for historical knowledge in our region which is good.’

‘The Conference was wonderful-inspiring speakers! It was so enjoyable.’

‘What a wonderful conference on the many cultures of New England … Congratulations to all involved in the organisation of the weekend – and for having the foresight to bring together such a range of topics…’

‘I was amazed at how much I enjoyed every session that I attended…. Such a consistently high calibre of speaker is rare and I am sure is the result of much networking and hard work.’

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