13 March 2019

Lift-off for new home of the ACT Heritage Library and ArchivesACT

| Ian Bushnell
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Minister for City Services, Chris Steel, and Vanessa Little, Director of Libraries ACT at the ACT Heritage Library opening. Photo: Supplied.

The new Fyshwick location for the ACT Heritage Library and ArchivesACT has been officially opened, coinciding with the launch of a new exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The new site at 255 Canberra Avenue provides a bigger and safer space for the ACT’s unique collection of irreplaceable items showcasing Canberra’s diverse history.

Minister for City Services, Chris Steel said the move from the Woden Library was now complete, freeing up the entire second floor of the library for community use.

The ACT Heritage Library collects and stores a variety of items that include newspapers, photographs, maps, books and diaries as well as digital material and microfilm.

ArchivesACT inside the Library also provide access to ACT Government records that are more than 20 years old.

“The joint reading room helps make it an easy one-stop shop for anyone researching Canberra and the ACT,” Mr Steel said.

He said the bigger space at the ACT Heritage Library would allow it to host regular displays and exhibitions so Canberrans could learn more about their shared history.

The first exhibition is Track me to the Moon – Canberra and Apollo 11, an exhibition of items from the collection, personal memorabilia and sound and video files.

“Canberra played a big role in the success of the Apollo 11 moon landing and this exhibition details how we provided television coverage from Honeysuckle Creek. This exhibition shares the stories of the people who enabled us all to witness those first steps,” Mr Steel said.

The exhibition shows what incredible links we have to one of the most significant events of the 20th century.”

The exhibition is open until 30 June 2019. For more information, visit the Libraries ACT website at www.library.act.gov.au


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