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Memento : Issue 23
Does your local comm- unity have c ollections that would be of interest to the wider Australian community and researchers? Are there photos, papers, sound recordings, artworks, films and videos of historical interest languishing in your community? Have your community's precious records been damaged by fire or flood? If you are a member of a historical society, public library, school, genealogical society, religious, indigenous or ethnic group, you may be eligible for a Community Heritage Grant to preserve your collection. Once again we are joining the National Library of Australia and the Commonwealth Department of Communications, Information Tech- nology and the Arts to sponsor the 2003 Community Heritage Grants. Grants of up to $8,000 are available for preservation projects undertaken by community organisations. Recipients of last year's grants will undertake a variety of significant projects. Important maps in the Geraldton Regional Library will undergo pre- servation treatment, Willoughby City Council Library will work on its collection of Walter Burley Griffin building plans, and the Australian Music Centre will digitise part of its music collection. Applications for the next round of grants close on 30 June 2003. An application form is enclosed with this issue of Memento. For more information, contact the Coordinator, Community Heritage Grants on (02) 6262 1147 or visit the National Library's website at www.nla.gov.au/chg. Alycia Dawson (left) and Rosemary Huff-Johnston making lighthouses on Grandkids Day. 16 memento may 2003 Hands up for a Senator the Hon. Rod Kemp, Minister for the Arts and Sport (centre) with the 2002 Community Heritage Grant recipients. National Library of Australia In January our Canberra building was filled with the patter of small feet and excited chatter as we celebrated our annual Grandkids Day. Nearly 600 children, parents and grandparents enjoyed an action packed program based on our exhibition Beacons by the Sea -- Stories of Australian Lighthouses. Storytelling with Patsy Allen was a big attraction with grandkids taking great delight in play-acting the greedy seagulls that ate the lighthouse keeper's lunch! Grandparents followed their grand- children on the family trail through the exhibition, discovering lighthouse relics such as the box lantern along the way. Another popular activity was Secret Signals, a word game based on the international maritime code of flag signals. Both young and old competed enthusiastically for prizes awarded for decoding their secret messages. Inspired by what they saw in the exhibition, children attending our workshops conjured up their own lighthouse models. Many visitors were excited to discover the Archives for the first time, and we've already begun planning for next year's event! Grand day at the Archives Heritage Grant