Coffs Coast Heritage and Arts Digitisation project

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum, part of Coffs Harbour City Council

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum is looking for student researchers to help on our digitisation project. The project will involve researching the museum’s local history collections. This project would suit students enrolled in HIS00235 - Community History Research Project (2020).

Working on this project you will make a difference in: Key Impact Area: Education; & Sustainable Development Goal: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11)


Availability: Underway

Time required: Not yet defined

Duration: Not yet defined

Coffs Harbour

Requires face to face contact: Yes

Related unit codes: HIS00235



Our aims are to increase the knowledge of local history and museum objects, to digitise targeted collection items based on theme and storytelling potential, and to shape research into engaging stories for a digital platform.


• Improved quality and depth of local history research either on individual museum objects or on collections based around a theme
• Increase in digitisation of significant museum collections
• Publication of research on the new digital platform

Needs to be addressed

Currently, only a fraction of the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum’s collections are accessible to the public via museum displays. The Coffs Coast Heritage and Arts Digitisation project seeks to increase the accessibility of museum collections and local history through an online collections platform. This will include museum catalogue records and extended storytelling based on research of individual museum objects and theme-based collection research.

Benefits to students

Students will gain experience in practical application of research in a local history and museum context, photography and handling of museum objects, and gain an understanding of the contemporary issues of local history studies and museum collection management. They will work alongside experts in the fields of local studies, museum studies, digitisation and curatorship.


Southern Cross University

Insurance information regarding coverage of students whilst on placement.


We will provide training in photography and scanning, however a knowledge of software such as Adobe Photoshop would be advantageous. Student interns will be working in Coffs Harbour at the Museum’s collections store and in the Museum.