I'm Ewan and I'm the General Manager of the Moorabbin Air Museum in Victoria, Australia. I am reaching out to you to seek your support towards our fundraising efforts to establish a state-of-the-art Library, Research and Archival Centre in our facility.
Our current Library and Archive area is in dire need of an upgrade, to say the least! Cold, leaky and most items in deep storage. It lacks the necessary resources and modern technology to meet the growing demands of our collection, which is now one of the biggest aviation resources in the Southern Hemisphere. With your help, we can create a modern and innovative Library, Research and Archival Centre that will be a valuable resource for the Museum and for researchers worldwide for many years to come.
Our goal is to create a Centre that offers cutting-edge technology and resources to help researchers, historians, engineers, students and aviation enthusiasts gain access to information, research, and education going back over 100 years. We envision a centre that provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the community.
To make this vision a reality, we are seeking donations from people like you. Your contribution will help us acquire the necessary resources, materials, and technology to create a state-of-the-art Library, Research and Archival Centre.
Your donation will help us to:
Upgrade our technology to provide better access to digital resources
Create a space that is welcoming and accessible to all members of our community.
Host educational programs and events for our community members
Preserve historical artifacts and documents for future generations
Continue with the digitisation, cataloguing and preservation of our extensive library which already consists of over 1,300 boxes of documents, books and ephemera, nearly 500,000 microfiche drawings of aircraft records from Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, an extensive archive of Ansett Australia, and tens of thousands of photos, bromide slides, film, and much more
We believe that a modern and innovative Library, Research and Archival Centre will be an asset to not just our community, but many other museums and individuals around the world, and we hope that you will join us in making this a reality. Your donation, no matter how small, will go a long way towards helping us achieve our goal.
Our goal to begin is $250,000, as part of a total budget of $1.5m . All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Thank you for your support of our Library, Research and Archival Centre and our community. We are grateful for your generosity and look forward to updating you on our progress.