College archives have been named Nationally Significant, following a report by historians commissioned to carry out a Significance Assessment on the collection.
The project was completed by Dr Bronwyn Lowe, Dr Meighen Katz and Dr Peter Minard of Present Past Pty Ltd, and funded by a 2016 National Library of Australia Community Heritage Significance Assessment Grant.
The historians stated that the collection of archives “represents a material record of the College and its constituent state bodies from its inception in 1959 to the present” and “includes correspondence, orations, conference proceedings, paperwork from working groups, and exploratory reports“.
The report recommends that ACE commission a conservation assessment and have the collection digitised.
“It [the collection] illustrates the development, expansion and professionalization of education in Australia in the post-World War Two period. It further has the potential to provide valuable insights into the development and professionalization of education in Australia, inclusion in education, de-colonisation, educational policy and the education of women.”
The College hopes to act on these recommendations and will seek further funding through applications to various community organisations. Watch this space!
Image: ACE receives the Community Heritage Grant last year