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Rare books to benefit from heritage grant

ALC has been successful in its bid to win a $4500 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund a ‘significance assessment’ of its Rare Books collection. The collection includes a Luther Bible from 1551 and an original edition of the Book of Concord from 1580.

Librarian Trevor Schaefer, who has a personal interest in seeing ALC’s collection preserved and enjoyed by many, attended a presentation in Canberra at the National Library on 30 October, where the grant was announced.

Together with other recipients of Community Heritage Grants, Trevor then attended two and a half days of workshops at the National Library, the National Archives and the National Film and Sound Archive.

‘What I found out in the workshops was that my work has only just begun,’ said Trevor. ‘Finding a suitable assessor for the rare books, arranging the significance assessment and then acquitting the grant, will all take some time and effort.’

To find out more or to book a time to view this extensive rare book collection, please contact the ALC Library on (08) 7120 8270.