• arts & culture

26 October 2017

Victorian Collections, a ground-breaking online digitisation project, has hit an impressive milestone – 100,000 of Victoria’s cultural objects have now been digitised for more to enjoy, for many years to come.

Victorian Collections is a web-based collections information management system which allows Victoria’s museums and collecting organisations to upload and catalogue their heritage collections for free online.

The website gives Victorians free and unlimited access to Victoria’s rich cultural heritage and diverse stories, spanning fine art, war heritage, sporting culture, technology and innovation, archaeological finds, and social history.

So far, the online catalogue encompasses a wide range of digitised objects – from Ned Kelly’s cartridge bag to more curious items such as a cigarette case made from the windscreen of Japanese aircraft, even a mummified cat.

From Orbost to Mildura, over 450 collecting organisations, including museums, historical groups and societies, Indigenous keeping places, community groups and RSLs, have catalogued their collections online.

The epic digitisation effort is a joint initiative of Museums Victoria and Museums Australia (Victoria), supported by the Victorian Government. It’s part of the government’s commitment to making cultural collections accessible to all Victorians and preserving the state’s cultural heritage for future generations.

Victoria’s vast cultural collections can be explored via victoriancollections.net.au