Guyra Historical Museum will be brought back to life with the help of a state government grant.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall joined Armidale Regional Council mayor Simon Murray and the historical society to make the announcement on Tuesday at the Bradley Street building.
Dorothy Lockyer from the Guyra Historical Society praised the funding boost as a fantastic initiative.
“It’s very exciting. It will be used to paint and refurbish the inside of the museum,” Ms Lockyer said.
“And so much is being lost to history in today’s society of throwaways where nothing is kept.”
The historical society secured the $60,000 boost as part of the state government’s Regional Cultural Fund Grant.
It will help allow the museum in receiving a fresh lick of paint and new flooring.
Armidale Regional Council’s library and information officer Aimee Hutton said the funding boost would help preserve the town’s history.
“We really try to capture the story of Guyra, what it is and things unique to the town. It’s important for every regional town to have a museum in their town,” Ms Hutton said.
“New paint and new flooring helps house it in a fresher and cleaner environment so the items can be appreciated better.”
Mr Marshall said the Regional Cultural Fund grant would help the museum’s management committee undertake long-desired building works to better show off the Bradley Street facility’s precious local historical items.
“The museum is itself a local historical piece but it also importantly houses a collection of iconic local historical pieces that trace the area’s rich heritage,” Mr Marshall said.
“They are fascinating finds for anyone who wants to discover the old Guyra and a sense of its cultural history.”
The museum opened in 1988, and since then has collected more than 3000 items.
The display is housed in the original Guyra Shire Council Chambers at the end of Bradley Street.
The museum is still be open on Sundays from 11am to 3pm.