The Veterans Heritage Project is supported by the Veterans Branch, Victorian Government, and delivered by Museums Australia (Victoria). The 2016-2018 project will see Victorian Collections staff working closely with selected ex-service organisations to help protect and preserve their military history. Their members and memorabilia form an integral part of Victoria’s cultural heritage legacy and tell us important stories about everyday Australians’ experiences of war. The project is divided in to three sections – War Heritage Collections Training Program, Oral Histories Training Program and the Schools Workplace Learning Program.

War Heritage Collections Training Program

After an expression of interest process, five ex-service organisations have been offered places in the War Heritage Collections Training Program. Program participants will receive intensive museological support from the Victorian Collections team. The selected organisations are: Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL Sub-Branch, Wangaratta RSL Sub-Branch, Lara RSL Sub-Branch, Ringwood RSL Sub-Branch, and the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victoria Branch (VVAA).

War Heritage Oral History Training Program

Eight organisations have been offered places in the War Heritage Oral History Training Program. The organisations are: Bairnsdale RSL Sub-Branch, Ballarat Ranger Military Museum, Combined Tramways / East Melbourne RSL Sub-Branch, Frankston RSL Sub-Branch, Marysville RSL Sub-Branch, Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch, Wonthaggi RSL Sub-Branch and Broadford RSL Sub-Branch. Participants will receive onsite, targeted theoretical and practical oral history training for their members. The objective is to enable these organisations to conduct, record and preserve oral histories within their communities.

Workplace Learning Program

Secondary students interested in career pathways or further studies in museums, history, cultural management, media and communications are encouraged to apply for a work experience placement with Museums Australia (Victoria) in 2017. Students participating in the Workplace Learning Program will assist Victorian Collections staff working on the Veterans Heritage Project. Students will learn about roles including historian, conservator, and curator, considering their contribution to society and the significance of the creative industries. They will engage in a variety of museum related tasks, depending on their chosen stream: The Curator or The Oral Historian.

Students working in The Curator stream will assist staff working on the War Heritage Collections Training Program. They will gain experience in object handling and care, storage and exhibition related duties at ex-service organisations.

Students working in The Oral Historian stream will assist staff working on the War Heritage Oral Historian Training Program. They will have the opportunity to meet a professional Oral Historian and learn the theoretical and technical elements of producing oral histories. Students will be placed with nearby ex-service organisations where possible.

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How to express your interest:

Work experience coordinators and careers teachers should contact Brigid Moriarty at or (03) 8341 7593. If you are a student interested in participating in the program, talk to your work experience coordinator or careers teacher and ask them to contact us.

Please note this opportunity is open to students from both government and non-government schools.

Museums Australia (Victoria)'s Commitment to Child Safety

Museums Australia (Victoria) has zero tolerance of child abuse. When we are worried about a child’s safety, we have legal and moral obligations to report this to authorities. We take these responsibilities very seriously and follow our procedures rigorously.

We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability. We welcome consultation from Aboriginal and culturally and/or linguistically diverse community leaders as to how we may further prevent risk and ensure the cultural safety of children in their community. If you have any queries relating to our approach to child safety, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 8341 7344.

Image: RAAF Medals, WWII, Dandenong-Cranbourne RSL Sub-Branch.

The Veterans Heritage Project is supported by the Veterans Branch, Victorian Government.