Calling all history buffs and art lovers
  • Wednesday 24 September 2014

History buffs and art lovers can now access all Council-owned heritage and art collections 24 hours a day, seven days a week – thanks to new improved access through the Sunshine Coast Libraries' online catalogue.

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski  launched the Art and Heritage Collections catalogue at Bankfoot House, 1998 Old Gympie Road, Glass House Mountains.

“This new online platform, partially funded through the Heritage Levy, is the first in Queensland using the Cultural Collections and Digital Assets modules for Art and Heritage Collections in collaboration with libraries,” Cr Baberowski said.

“This is a great leap forward allowing members of the public the ability to access, online, Council’s collections including the Bankfoot House Collection, Public Art Collection and the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.

”Council acquired the historic Bankfoot House property in 2004 including all the contents - fittings, furnishings, textiles, clothing, domestic utensils, tools and implements, documents, personal records, journals, books and photographs.

“The contents date from the 19th to the late 20th century and can now be viewed on the Sunshine Coast Libraries' catalogue by selecting the Art and Heritage Collections.

“This is a huge piece of work and I would like to personally thank the Friends of Bankfoot House for their great assistance with the cataloguing of the Bankfoot House collection.”

Cr Baberowski said the Arts and Heritage Collections catalogue will also showcased the Sunshine Coast Art Collection which had been acquired over many years.

“As most of the collection is displayed on the walls of public and Council buildings it is great to now have these artworks available online.

“In addition, Council’s public art collection will also be listed. This is the art included in buildings, infrastructure and open space within the region – the catalogue provides a way to view it all.

“While Council will continue to add to the catalogue and to look at how all our collections can be placed into this forum, there is no doubt the Arts and Heritage Collections catalogue will become an excellent aid for researchers, schools, visitors and the community.”

Visit Council’s library website to view the Arts and Heritage Collections catalogue.