Creative Victoria is a government body dedicated to supporting, championing and growing the state’s creative industries, spanning arts, culture, screen, design, and more. Creative Victoria oversees the state’s major creative and cultural organisations, collections and facilities, valued at $7 billion, and ensures that these can be enjoyed by the Victorian people and visitors to the state. A funding and advisory body, Creative Victoria is part of the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (AICCM)
The national organisation for conservators and people interested in the preservation of cultural material. This site includes a directory of conservators who are AICCM members.
Search stories from over 700 collecting institutions and research museums and other interesting places to visit in Victoria.
The Victorian State Government’s principal cultural heritage agency – it is part of the Department of Planning and Community Development. Heritage Victoria administers the Heritage Act 1995 and maintains the Victorian Heritage Register. This website includes the informative Guide to grants and assistance for heritage conservation in Victoria.
Museums Victoria cares for the state’s scientific and cultural collections, providing visitor access, activities, and events at four venues: Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, Scienceworks, and the Royal Exhibition Building.
Museums Australia (National Office)
The national professional association advocating on behalf of museums and galleries and supporting the people who work in them. Membership and publications are among the many things they can help you with.
National Library of Australia (NLA)
The NLA’s role is to ensure that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, as well as significant non-Australian library materials, are collected, preserved, and made accessible either through the Library itself or through collaborative arrangements with other libraries and information providers. The website includes NLA Online Resources, the useful publication Presenting Australia’s Documentary Heritage: A Starter Kit for Community Groups, and information about Community Heritage Grants.
National Exhibitions Touring Service Victoria (NETS)
The peak body for visual arts touring in the state of Victoria, NETS provides opportunities for regional Victorians to access and engage with the best contemporary art, craft and design. Useful resources and links are included on this website.
Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV)
The PGAV represents a strong, relevant, and dynamic network of public galleries, art museums and contemporary art spaces across regional and metropolitan Victoria. It promotes the public gallery sector and facilitates communication and information exchange between cultural institutions.
Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)
Public Record Office Victoria is the archive of the State Government of Victoria. It holds records from the European settlement of Port Phillip district in the mid-1830s to today. PROV manages these records for use by both the government and people of Victoria. As the archival authority for the State of Victoria, PROV undertakes activities relating to records, standards, training, and advice. Information about the Archival Support Program, Local History Grants, and Seminar Series will be of special interest to people working in small museums.
Royal Historical Society of Victoria (RHSV)
The Royal Historical Society of Victoria is a community organisation committed to collecting, researching and sharing an understanding of the history of Victoria. Look here for information about the RHSV lecture series, publications, and the Victorian Community History Awards.
State Library of Victoria (SLV)
The major reference and research library in Victoria, SLV is responsible for collecting and preserving Victoria’s documentary heritage and making it available through a range of services and programs. Its services include information about conservation through Information Guides and an Inquiry Line.