Albany’s Historic Whaling Station has been announced as WA’s only recipient of a national museum grant offering funding designed to help preserve or display objects of historical significance. The museum is one of 21 successful applicants of the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme with funds to provide the whaling station with in-kind support to help with the concept design and development of a new display. AHWS will have the support of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s design and curatorial team, including a site visit to explore the grounds and view the archived collections. Whaling station general manager Elise van Gorp said the support would allow the organisation to further share the nation’s whaling history. “Working closely with the experienced team from the National Maritime Museum will assist us to develop a contemporary and comprehensive plan for a future upgrade,” she said. “This will allow us to more effectively tell the story of Australia’s whaling history.” ANMM director and chief executive Daryl Karp said a shared connection with our seas and waterways was an essential part of our national story. “As an island continent, our unique identity is reflected in the wealth of vessels, artefacts and stories that make up Australia’s maritime heritage,” he said. “This legacy extends far beyond large collections and institutions and is sustained by an extensive network of museums, organisations and community projects across Australia — including in regional and remote areas — and the dedicated people who drive and support them. “It is through the vital efforts of this network that our national maritime heritage is shaped and preserved for future generations.” Many cultural institutions around Australia care for maritime items of historical and national significance. ANMM supports and encourages efforts to conserve and display unique local objects for today’s audiences and future generations. Since the scheme commenced in 1995, more than $2.2 million has supported 520 projects and more than 70 internships.