Glen Innes' Land of the Beardies History House Museum receives government grant

The new-look Land of the Beardies Museum faade  Warren Masky, left, Tony Trollope, Peter Jesson, Scott Farrugia, Olga Dawes, Museum Manager Eve Chappell, Christine Andersen (behind Eve), Steve Pearce, Steve Gregori, Pam Grimes, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Deb Marshall, President Malcom Wehr, Archie Cameron and Andrew Blackwell.

The new-look Land of the Beardies Museum faade Warren Masky, left, Tony Trollope, Peter Jesson, Scott Farrugia, Olga Dawes, Museum Manager Eve Chappell, Christine Andersen (behind Eve), Steve Pearce, Steve Gregori, Pam Grimes, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Deb Marshall, President Malcom Wehr, Archie Cameron and Andrew Blackwell.

Glen Innes' Land of the Beardies History House Museum and Research Centre has received a $9152 state government grant, supporting preparations for its upcoming 50th birthday celebrations.

"The Land of the Beardies Museum will celebrate its golden birthday looking brand new," manager Eve Chappell said.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the grant would allow the museum to purchase new display cabinets in the children's room, and upgrade its rear entrance and disability access.

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"The children's room is one of the unique aspects of the Land of the Beardies Museum," Mr Marshall said.

"This funding will acquire the centre museum-standard glass display cabinets, supporting its efforts to preserve its extensive collection of priceless local artefacts.

"The children's room has become a prominent part of the museum, challenging children to engage with history by playing with old technology like typewriters, and encouraging them to question their pioneering heritage."

Mr Marshall visited the museum with Mrs Chappell to inspect the refurbishment of the history centre's front facade, funded last year by a $38,208 government grant.

"Over the last year the facade of the museum, which is the old hospital building, has undergone a major facelift in preparation for the milestone next January," Mrs Chappell said.

"Depilated window frames and rotten timber panels have been replaced in keeping with the era of the building, while contractors have repainted the outside ochre, green, and cream as recommended by heritage adviser Graham Wilson.

"Now the front of the building is complete, I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into improvements at the rear. Making the building more accessible to people with disability and the elderly will mean more residents are able to come here and research their family history."

The history house and research centre boasts more than 13,000 photographs, maps, and books, and over 300,000 records to compile family and local histories.