Heritage Resources and Opportunities

Read on for more details of events, activities and opportunities for volunteers involved in the preservation of Victoria's war-related heritage.

Free Practical Collections Training - Online!

Museums Australia (Victoria) has developed a series of free practical online training sessions reflecting best practice technique on caring for and providing access to museum collections. The first two videos in this series are now available. Check them out:

Do you need a cataloguing system for your RSL or heritage organisation?

Victorian Collections is a new free, easy to use, online cataloguing system that is available to collecting organisations throughout Victoria, including RSLs and military heritage groups. Over the coming months workshops for volunteers to learn this cataloguing system will be held across Victoria.

Read more about the Victorian Collections Training Workshops.

Looking for volunteers to assist with your collection?

Deakin University has a number of Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies students who are available to volunteer for projects that will help them build experience working with heritage collections. They know that volunteering is the way to put textbook theory into practice.

If your heritage organisation has a project in need of support, and you can put some time into working with a student, let Deakin help by circulating the information to an enrolment of nearly 200 people.

Please provide an outline of the proposed project, and send to war.heritage@dpc.vic.gov.au


Victorian War Heritage Inventory

The Victorian War Heritage Inventory was developed in partnership with Heritage Victoria. It is a searchable online database containing information and images of places relating to Victoria's war history including war memorials, avenues of honour, places of commemoration and former defence sites. Users can search for places according to keyword, postcode, region, type of heritage, or conflict commemorated.

Visit: Victorian War Heritage Inventory

Grants for Heritage

Find out more about Veterans Grants.

War-related heritage in Victoria: a report

War-related heritage in Victoria was commissioned by DCPD and gives an overview of the extent and nature of war-related heritage in the state such as memorials, commemorative buildings, honour rolls and memorabilia. The report estimates the number of war memorials and other sites, and explores the preservation of moveable heritage through a series of case studies involving collections in RSLs, local historical societies and community museums.

Visit: War-related heritage in Victoria

Talks & lectures

The Shrine of Remembrance offers regular lectures to the public. Hear more from historians, authors and film makers on a variety of subjects related to Australia's experiences of war. Download audio recordings of lectures given at the National Archives of Australia on a variety of subjects related to Australian history.

Visit: Shrine of Remembrance offers regular lectures to the public.


The Shrine of Remembrance has a number of exhibitions throughout the year which shed light on aspects of Australia's war history and heritage. Some of the Shrine's exhibitions are also currently touring Victoria, including the award-winning Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present.

Visit: Shrine of Remembrance
Visit: Indigenous Australians at war from the Boer War to the present.

Walks and tours

The National Trust (Victoria) runs a number of events and activities for history buffs including cemetery walks, exhibitions and walking tours.

Take a behind the scenes tour of the Public Record Office Victoria and learn how to conduct your research. Tours depart 1pm sharp every Friday (excluding public holidays) unless otherwise specified. Groups by appointment.

Bookings are essential: 9348 5600 or ask.prov@prov.vic.gov.au

Visit: National Trust (Victoria)
Visit: Public Record Office Victoria

Royal Historical Society Newsletter

The Royal Historical Society Newsletter contains news about the community history sector and a great 'What's on' section. Did you know that RSLs and military history groups are eligible to become members of the Royal Historical Society?

Visit: Royal Historical Society Newsletter

How do I look after fragile material?

The first principle of conservation is if in doubt, consult a professional conservator. However preventive care, such as correct storage and handling, is something that we can all do. For more information about caring for fragile and damaged material see:

Go to the Victorian Veterans Virtual Museum.


Last updated on Tuesday, 14 March 2017