Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre Wins Two Community Heritage Grants


13 November, 2016


Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre WINS TWO Community Heritage Grants

The Australasian Pentecostal Studies Centre (APSC) has been awarded two federal Community Heritage Grants, totalling $7,700 to fund a Preservation Needs Assessment and Caring for Collections Workshop.

The grants were announced at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on 25 October, 2016.

This year, grants worth $415,075 have been distributed to 77 community groups and organisations from around Australia to assist in the identification and preservation of community owned but nationally significant heritage collections. In addition, first time recipientsattended a three-day intensive preservation and collection management workshop held at the National Library, the National Museum of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

Rev Assoc Prof Denise Austin, Director of the APSC, said the grants were important in supporting the effort to preserve Australia’s Pentecostal history at the grassroots level. The APSC, based at Alphacrucis College in Parramatta, is the largest collection of Pentecostal archives in Australasia, including an extensive living repository of oral sources and collections of early literary materials. As such, the APSC collection is the only one of its kind in the world and is a vital component of preserving Australia’s spiritual heritage.

Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the CHG program showed the commitment by the National Library, along with its partner institutions and the Federal Government, in encouraging communities to care for the nation’s heritage, be it in small country towns or capital cities.

CHG is managed by the National Library. It is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts; the National Archives of Australia; the National Film and Sound Archive; the National Museum of Australia and the National Library.


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