Coffs Collections: Artefacts, Artworks and Archives
The digital assets in Coffs Collections include images of the artworks held by the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, artefacts held by the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, and archives describing the experiences which shaped the community. Some local publications in Coffs Harbour Libraries have been included to make more of this material accessible.
Coffs Collections has absorbed the contents of previous digitisation projects Picture Coffs Harbour and Voice of Time. The service also has the capability to link to the assets of neighbouring heritage collections, and it provides links to content about the local region hosted elsewhere.
The casuarina seed logo chosen to represent the scope of the service reflects the Gumbaynggirr concept of balgaarramba - which means opening, scattering and sharing.
The Coffs Collections service is a City of Coffs Harbour cultural initiative, funded by the New South Wales government and the Council. It was developed by the Coffs Coast Heritage and Digitisation (CCHAD) project to digitise and share as much as possible of the material held in keeping by the Regional Gallery and the Regional Museum, of which only small portions were available to the public.
Management of the Museum’s collection in particular has been negatively impacted by several floods and consequent collection moves over the last three decades. The CCHAD project helped to overcome this by providing an opportunity to improve internal collection management processes and secure significant assets digitally.
The CCHAD Project was proudly funded by the New South Wales government in association with the City of Coffs Harbour (previously Coffs Harbour City Council). The new service was launched by the Hon. Benjamin Franklin, MLC on 1 September 2020 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
Coffs Collections is managed by the City of Coffs Harbour and is freely available for all to use.
The CCHAD project acknowledges the following organisations that were instrumental in helping to develop the service:
New Zealand Micrographic Services
Coffs Collections was launched in many channels, including
at our blog Coffs Coast Heritage https://coffscoastheritage.info/2020/09/announcing-coffs-collections/.