Our History Your Say

We invite you to have your say regarding location options for the Inner West Council History Collections and the forthcoming strategy to guide planning and delivery of history services over the next ten years. This information will be used to ensure the History Service meets the needs of current and future users.

Read more about Council's History Service here


Developing the Strategy

As a result of amalgamation, Council is also considering whether to consolidate the Community History Collection and the historic Council Archives at one central location. There are currently six locations in which History and Heritage collections are held:

  1. Ashfield Local History Collection – Ashfield Library
  2. Ashfield Council Archives – Ashfield Service Centre
  3. Balmain Community Archive – Balmain Town Hall
  4. Leichhardt Local History Collections - Leichhardt Library
  5. Marrickville Local History Collection - Marrickville Library
  6. Marrickville Council Archives – Petersham Town Hall


What images and objects should Council collect now for future historian?

Let us know in the survey below

Reclaim the Streets March, Newtown, December 2015


Have your say

We'd like your input into the development of the History Strategy and feedback on location options for the collections. This information will be used to ensure the History service meets the needs of current and future users.

Fill in the survey below

If you would like a survey mailed to you please call Amie Zar, Community History and Heritage Coordinator on 9392 5817

The survey closes on 29 August 2018

What happens next

Council will collate all the input gathered in the survey and publish an engagement outcomes report on this page. That information and other research will be used to develop a draft History Strategy which will be put on public exhibition for public comment later this year. The draft will be finalised, taking into account comments received during the public exhibition process and reported to Council for adoption. The project will continue with the development of a Library Strategy.

We invite you to have your say regarding location options for the Inner West Council History Collections and the forthcoming strategy to guide planning and delivery of history services over the next ten years. This information will be used to ensure the History Service meets the needs of current and future users.

Read more about Council's History Service here


Developing the Strategy

As a result of amalgamation, Council is also considering whether to consolidate the Community History Collection and the historic Council Archives at one central location. There are currently six locations in which History and Heritage collections are held:

  1. Ashfield Local History Collection – Ashfield Library
  2. Ashfield Council Archives – Ashfield Service Centre
  3. Balmain Community Archive – Balmain Town Hall
  4. Leichhardt Local History Collections - Leichhardt Library
  5. Marrickville Local History Collection - Marrickville Library
  6. Marrickville Council Archives – Petersham Town Hall


What images and objects should Council collect now for future historian?

Let us know in the survey below

Reclaim the Streets March, Newtown, December 2015


Have your say

We'd like your input into the development of the History Strategy and feedback on location options for the collections. This information will be used to ensure the History service meets the needs of current and future users.

Fill in the survey below

If you would like a survey mailed to you please call Amie Zar, Community History and Heritage Coordinator on 9392 5817

The survey closes on 29 August 2018

What happens next

Council will collate all the input gathered in the survey and publish an engagement outcomes report on this page. That information and other research will be used to develop a draft History Strategy which will be put on public exhibition for public comment later this year. The draft will be finalised, taking into account comments received during the public exhibition process and reported to Council for adoption. The project will continue with the development of a Library Strategy.

History Strategy Survey 18/6388

The survey is designed so that when you answer the questions, further information may be asked for depending on what your answers are. 

General questions

1. Are you aware that Council has a History and Archive service?
2. Have you ever accessed the service?
4. You answered yes - please indicate what you accessed and the main reason.
4. You answered yes - please indicate what you accessed and the main reason. Personal/hobby reasons Professional reasons Education/study reasons
Research
Family history
House history
Legal/insurance
Development/Building application
Material for an exhibition
Material for a publication
Staff expertise
Community owned archives
Council archives/records
6. Where did you/do you usually access the service in person?
7. When searching information, do you usually

Questions about the the Community History Collections and the Inner West Council Archives.

The Community History Collections are made up of Council and Community-owned Collections. The Inner West Council Archives hold the surviving records of former Ashfield and Marrickville Councils and predecessor Councils of Petersham and St Peters.

8. How important is it for you to access original materials?
9. How important is access to digital material?
10. How important are the databases offered in the library such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past for your research?
11. How important are online resources provided by Inner West Council such as the Localnotes weblog, Sands Directory, Inner West Council WW1 weblog ( formerly known as Leichhardt 5000)?
13. Thinking about the Inner West Council Archives - to what extent do you agree with the following statements?
13. Thinking about the Inner West Council Archives - to what extent do you agree with the following statements? Completely disagree Somewhat disagree Neither agree or disagree Somewhat agree Completely agree
The Council Archives are essential to my work
The Council Archives are a vital part of the community history and must stay in the inner west
The Council Archives are a nice to have, but not a necessary service of Council
The Council Archives could be stored off-site and retrieved on demand at a small cost.
The Council Archives should all be digitised so that that they can be accessed on-line
14. Some Councils such as City of Sydney and Woollahra store their archives offsite and charge a small fee for retrieval of relevant material. Would you be willing to pay for the service in this way?

Questions about programs and events

Options are limited to
17. Currently, the majority of History and Heritage events take place during Heritage Festival (April) and History Week (September). To what extent do you agree with the following statements ?
17. Currently, the majority of History and Heritage events take place during Heritage Festival (April) and History Week (September). To what extent do you agree with the following statements ? Completely disagree Somewhat disagree Neither agree or disagree Somewhat agree Completely agree
History events should be held consistently throughout the year
Council should focus on the Heritage Festival and History Week as the main periods for delivering events
History and Heritage events should be hosted by a range of historians, authors etc
Council staff should deliver all the history and heritage festival events/talks
History events should be short, sharp and light hearted
History events should be in-depth and academic
History events should mainly focus on the pre-1950s inner west
Give me more history about the inner west in the 70s, 80s and 90s.
History events and exhibitions should be held near to the place they are about ie a St Peters history event must take place in St Peters
18. Currently all programs and events are free of charge, how much would you be prepared to pay for specialist History and Heritage events or specialist speakers?
19. Are you willing to travel to another suburb in the Local Government Area to attend a History and Heritage event?
Options are limited to
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Questions about the future of the service

23. Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt Councils amalgamated in May 2016. The Archives and Community History and Heritage Collections are housed in six locations across the Local Government Area (LGA). Which statement best reflects your view?
25. Thinking about the future of the Community History Collection and the Council Archives. How important are these features for you?
25. Thinking about the future of the Community History Collection and the Council Archives. How important are these features for you? Not at all important Slightly important Moderately important Very important Extremely important
The location/s are fully accessible
I am able to access scanners, printer and photocopiers
I am able to access specialist History and Archive staff
I am able to access the service in the evenings and at weekends as well as during office hours
There is plenty of desk and work bench space to spread out materials
There are opportunities to network with other researchers/historians/archivists
I am able to access the majority of material online
Council keeps its collection in appropriate environmental conditions
Council builds on its existing collection of items
Items and materials are sent off-site and space is created for new items/collections

Questions about collection development

28. How important is it that Council collects these items into the future?
28. How important is it that Council collects these items into the future? Not at all important Slightly important Moderately important Very important Extremely important
Community donations
Photographs
Aerial photographs
Films
Oral histories
Commentary/opinion pieces
Newspaper articles
Council records
Maps
Subdivision plans
Brochures, posters, marketing material
Databases
Ephemera and memorabilia
Social media
Websites
29. How important is it that Council collects on these themes into the future ?
29. How important is it that Council collects on these themes into the future ? Not at all important Slightly important Moderately important Very important Extremely important
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Buildings, architecture, urban design and development
Culture and arts
Environment and sustainability
Transport
Politics and current affairs
Persons of note
Food and drink
Fashion
Sporting fields, parks and gardens
Sport and recreation
Entertainment
Local business
Community concerns and hot topics
Community demographics
31. How important is signage about places of historic/heritage significance across the LGA (Aboriginal sites, parks, in new developments, places of significance etc)?

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