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The Federation of Australian Historical Societies is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s Community Heritage and Icons Grants program via the ACT Government

Special Issue, FAHS Surveys, 17th January 2017
Stage Two FAHS Survey on Collection Management Launched - Please forward this email to the person in your society responsible for collection management

Report on Stage One FAHS Survey on Australian historical society activities now online
The FAHS Survey  - Now Open Stage Two on Collection Management 
Stage Two of the FAHS Survey of historical societies on Collection Management is now open. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZWLYLTN

We are excited to launch the FAHS survey on Collection Management to find out what items you have in your collection (both physical and digital) and how you are documenting, preserving and making available this material. What's working and what's not -the survey canvasses information about the following aspects:
.    the nature and size of your collection
.    the importance of different parts of your collection
.    cataloguing
.    digitisation
.    collection policies
.    accessions register
.    access to the collection
.    forward planning.

The information we collect will assist the FAHS in its work of promoting society needs and interests, and of seeking recognition and support from government and the community.
For simplicity, the questions use the term 'your society' throughout, but it is not restricted to groups calling themselves 'historical societies'.Other bodies with similar purposes (for example, family history societies, heritage societies and museums) are welcome to complete the survey.
The results will be published on the FAHS web site. The report will not contain any information that identifies particular societies.

For assistance with the survey please contact FAHS:
Online Outreach Officer,  Dr Bernadette Flynn:   fahsbflynn@gmail.com or 
Executive Officer,  John Davies  admin@history.org.au 

It is not necessary to have completed Stage One before doing Stage Two.

To enter Stage Two of the survey, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZWLYLTN  

The FAHS Survey of Historical Societies - Results Stage One  
Report on Survey of Australian historical societies is now online

Last year the FAHS conducted Stage One of the 2016/17 survey of Australian Historical Societies. Responses were received from more than 300 societies and we were most impressed with the time people took to undertake the questionnaire and the quality of the responses.
This first stage provides an overview of membership numbers, premises, the contribution of volunteers, local and state government support, collections, the use of computers, and society activities. 

The following information was collated and is available for viewing:
  • Year established, incorporation; members (membership numbers, types of membership); premises (occupy, own, space available); insurance; paid support; volunteers (numbers of volunteered and hours worked)
  • Support from local and state government; sources of income
  • Types of items in collection; museum activity; catalogue of collection
  • Website, use of social media; purposes for using computers
  • Societies’ activities and any problems faced by societies.

Comparisons are made where appropriate with the results of the previous survey of this kind conducted by the FAHS in the year 2000. 

The report can be viewed on the FAHS website
The FAHS e-Bulletin, Special Issue,
FAHS Survey, 17th Jan 2017
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