The important work of the Victorian Jazz Archive has been recognised with the announcement that the museum, which holds one of the largest collections of jazz history and research material in Australia, has been appointed to Public Record Office Victoria’s Places of Deposit network.
Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria MP said the appointment highlights its role as keeper of important items that preserve, promote and celebrate the history of jazz in Australia.
“Since 1996 the Victorian Jazz Archive has been working to collect, preserve and exhibit recordings and materials that trace the history of jazz in Australia from the 1920s to today,” Ms Victoria said.
“It’s an important place for musicals, music students, researchers and the general public, and I congratulate everyone involved in the Archive on this appointment, which recognises the important role it plays as a gatekeeper of Victoria’s history.”
Visiting the Archive, Ms Victoria signed a new lease that will secure the Museum at its
current Wantirna premises for the next 21 years.
Managed by Public Record Office Victoria, the Places of Deposit network is made up of community facilities that store and preserve public records of local significance. There are now more than 150 facilities across regional and metropolitan Victoria that have been appointed to the network.
Director Public Record Office Victoria,Justine Heazlewood, said the Places of Deposit network played an important role in highlighting local history in the communities in which the records were created.
“The Places of Deposit network provides a valuable service to all Victorians through keeping our state’s history alive by preserving and providing access to local community collections,” Ms Heazlewood said.
In addition to the Jazz Archive, two other organisations, the Steiglitz Historical Society and the Genealogical Society of Victoria have also been appointed as Places of Deposit.
“On behalf of the people of Victoria, I thank and congratulate the community groups, including many passionate volunteers, that manage our Places of Deposit. It is wonderful to see the network growing, which creates wider access to, and awareness of, the fascinating stories of our state,” Ms Victoria said.
For further information on the Places of Deposit network visit www.prov.vic.gov.au/community-programs