Alstonville Plateau Historical Society today officially launched its 360-degree virtual tour of the Crawford House Museum and Resource Centre.

The cutting-edge online tour was made possible thanks to a $10,000 grant through the NSW Government’s Rescue and Restart Package. 

Minister for the Arts and local MLC Ben Franklin said Crawford House Museum has created a virtual tour that brings to life some of the stories that haunt the objects held within the museum.

“The virtual tour will make the Museum’s collection more accessible to people interested in local history, such as schoolchildren, researchers, people with mobility needs, or those who live far away.

“It is wonderful that this platform will increase access to the museum digitally, reaching a diverse audience to learn the history of Alstonville,” Mr Franklin said.

The volunteer-run museum worked with local volunteers and digital producer Ondrej Koucky to develop this online tour.

Alstonville Plateau Historical Society President Ian Kirkland said the history of Alstonville is filled with intriguing and unexpected stories. This virtual tour brings these stories to life in an engaging and exciting new form.

“This year, the Alstonville Plateau Historical Society is celebrating its 21st birthday. We think there is no better way to celebrate this occasion than with the launch of a virtual Crawford House tour,” Mr Kirkland said.

The Let’s Get Digital program was made possible through funding from the NSW Government as part of the Create NSW Rescue and Restart Package. Fifteen projects were selected from small to medium galleries, museums and Aboriginal Cultural Centres across NSW.

The grants were designed to build digital literacy and develop new digital engagement strategies across the sector to support institutions to adapt their offering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Each project has dedicated $10,000 to employ regional artists and creatives to produce and deliver enhanced digital and artistic content for their communities and to collaborate with staff and volunteers to enhance their digital knowledge.

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