museum-award-004A Tweed River Regional Museum project has won a prestigious State award for preserving cultural heritage in conjunction with the NSW Migration Heritage Centre, which is based at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

The project was jointly funded by Tweed Shire Council, the NSW Migration Heritage Centre and Arts NSW.

The Other Side of the World – Migration to the Tweed 1940s to 1960s came out on top in the Community Groups category in the EnergyAustralia National Trust Heritage Awards.

The project documented the migration and settlement history of the Tweed region.

Museum staff and volunteers worked closely with local volunteers and diverse cultural groups in researching and collating the history book The Other Side of the World – Migration to the Tweed 1940s to 1960s.

The award comes on top of a major accolade the project received late last year, when it was awarded the IMAGinE Award for Excellence in Education and Public Engagement from Museums and Galleries NSW.

Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources David Oxenham welcomed the award, saying it again highlighted the contribution and dedication of the Tweed River Regional Museum’s band of volunteers.

“We’d also like to thank the local people who generously donated their time and personal stories to share in the book,” Mr Oxenham said.

The EnergyAustralia National Trust Heritage Awards showcases individuals, organisations, government departments and community groups who have completed a project that promotes the conservation of Australia’s environmental, built or cultural heritage.

The book is available for purchase through Tweed Shire Council.

PICTURE: Tweed Shire Council’s Manager Community and Cultural Services Gary Corbett and Senior Museum Curator Sally Watterson with the award.