Museum volunteer Kerrie Alexander and Geoff Foley with the awards outside the Richmond River Historical Society Museum in Lismore.
Museum volunteer Kerrie Alexander and Geoff Foley with the awards outside the Richmond River Historical Society Museum in Lismore.

Historical Society wins award

Winning awards in the 'Oscars' for museums and galleries in NSW, the Richmond River Historical Society (RRHS) Museum has taken home two IMAGinE Award trophies.

Geoff Foley, Collections Co-ordinator of the RRHS Museum, was presented with the trophies at a gala ceremony at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, accepting the Volunteer Organisations Award for Excellence and the Collection Management Award.

“I was pleased to receive the awards for all our volunteers, who've been working hard to improve the available historical knowledge about our area,” he said. “We've done a lot of work improving our policies and the documentation of our collections. Recently we've been working on a number of paintings of local area from the 1880s. We established that they were painted by a local surgeon and pharmacist.”

Another local winner of an IMAGinE awards was the Arts Northern Rivers Museums Development Officer, Joan Kelly, who won the Individual Achievement Award for her work in supporting 20 volunteer-run museums in the region.


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