As a national cultural agency, the museum provides support for Maritime Heritage nationally and the importance of supporting local communities, smaller museums and historical societies to care for, conserve, preserve, interpret and display Australia’s maritime heritage is recognised. Several of the avenues for doing this involve funding opportunities and engagement in collaborative travelling exhibition development.
Since the early 1990s the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has held an annual commemoration for World Maritime Day (29 September) at the museum. The union members gather to remember fallen merchant sailors during wartime and the dangerous work of seafarers in the past and present. They march across the Pyrmont Bridge at Darling Harbour and lay wreaths at the two large anchors in front of the museum.
The museum, overlooking the Swan River mouth, is an outstanding example of a maritime museum. It is perched on the edge of the old heart of Fremantle harbour, still surrounded with operational wharves and port authority buildings, as well sheds and equipment displaying the heritage of the working harbour.
The bursaries cover the full conference registration fee (including conference dinner) only, with successful applicants required to fund their own airfare, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
Applications are now open for the 2016–2017 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPPS), with applications closing on 31 March 2016. Check the website for more details on how to apply.
In recognition that much of Australia’s maritime heritage exists in regional organisations outside the major collecting institutions, the museum is committed to providing outreach support. We are proud to administer this national outreach program, awarding grants annually, of up to $10,000 each, and supporting internships so that regional organisations can continue to care for, conserve, preserve, interpret and display Australia’s maritime heritage.
The 2013–2014 round of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (or MMAPSS) annual grants program is now open to support eligible Australian organisations that care for and preserve Australia’s maritime heritage.
The applications closing date is 31 August 2013.
Grants of up to $10,000 each are available to support legally incorporated not-for-profit organisations that care for Australia’s maritime heritage and a variety of project types are eligible for funding in the areas of collection management, conservation, presentation, the development of relevant education or public programs which make significant collections more accessible to audiences and museological training.
The MMAPSS internships program offers an opportunity for staff and volunteers from regional and remote organisations to spend time at the Australian National Maritime Museum for up to two weeks with funding of up to $3,000 available for successful applicants.
The program last year supported four internships and the projects of 30 organisations including variety such as a research project into Mallacoota’s regional military maritime history from WWI, a digital film documentary on paddle steamer and barge building at Goolwa 1853-1913, data logging units to monitor collection storage conditions at Eden Killer Whale Museum, and the development of a Vessel Management Plan (VMP) for the P.S Canally.
If your organisation has an object or collection that contributes to an understanding of Australia, its people and developments which have influenced its maritime history you may be interested to visit the MMAPSS website for details about the application process, key dates, eligibility and a list of past grant recipients.
You can also make contact via the details on the website if you have any questions about the program or want to discuss your project.
– MMAPSS Coordinator
The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is funded by the Australian Government.