Volunteers unzip their heritage at Queensland State Archives
  • Tuesday 01 July 2014

More than 35 of the region’s heritage volunteers headed to the Queensland State Archives on Tuesday, June 24 for an Unzip Your Heritage professional development workshop.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the cultural heritage professional development program was supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s Heritage Levy and designed to increase the skills and abilities of volunteer run heritage organisations on the Sunshine Coast.

“The participants received a unique behind-the-scenes view tour and workshop of Queensland State Archives,” Cr McKay said.

“The volunteers had the chance to see some of the oldest records dating back to 1842.

The repository holds up to 200,000 maps and plans.

“The day also included two seminars - one on deciphering old handwriting and the other on First World War records.

“The volunteers obtained valuable information which they can bring back and share with their dedicated community group who make a difference to our region.

“The protection and preservation of the region’s heritage is essential by providing professional development and training opportunities for the dedicated heritage sector organisations.”

Visit council’s website for further details on the region’s rich culture and history.