Automotive Historians Australia hosts 5th Annual Conference on 'The Future of Automotive Collections & Archives in Australia'
Automotive Historians Australia (AHA) will host papers and panels for their 5th annual conference, a workshop with the theme set as 'The Future of Automotive Collections & Archives in Australia’.
AHA planned this workshop due to an increasingly pressing need to audit and assess the cultural collections held across Australia’s hundreds of automotive clubs and societies, which often fall outside the purview of the more recognised entities of the galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) sector. As the founders and stalwarts of these clubs and societies retire and a younger generation of enthusiasts is not necessarily materialising to take their place, the accumulated wealth of material collected over the past decades, and, as importantly, the tacit knowledge and skills club members hold both individually and collectively, are at risk of loss.
In this workshop, we will hear from speakers representing national, state, club and private archives and collections. They will outline challenges faced by these entities in areas such as skill shortage, knowledge transfer, access and research. The day will end with a summary and general discussion proposing future actions that would be appropriate for AHA to undertake on behalf of this vast national resource. Co-conveners Professor Harriet Edquist, Dr Norm Darwin, and Dr Simon Lockrey, particularity will manage the virtual aspects of the day (at this stage we intend to live stream the event).