Antiques Roadshow style specialists to record town history

THE Baird Government will channel long-running BBC series Antiques Roadshow in a new plan to send heritage experts to regional towns across New South Wales this year.

Heritage Minister Mark Speakman has announced $28.5 million in extra funding over the next four years to support local heritage assets.

Local councils will be called upon to "re-activate heritage spaces and precincts" through conservation work and programs to promote the towns' existing historical drawcards.

"The Heritage Near Me initiative will also fund a new team of eight specialists who will visit local areas to record historical information, support the community to protect important places and help local councils improve skills among their heritage staff," Mr Speakman said.

"This new heritage roadshow team will work with local communities by assisting with technical advice; leveraging public and private investment in heritage items; and assisting local councils to identify, manage and protect local heritage."

Local residents will be encouraged to come to the roadshow days with questions about historical houses and artefacts - even interesting wartime antiques they might have in their homes.

Funding will also go towards improving the energy efficiency of businesses in heritage-listed buildings and make would-be attractions more accessible to older and disabled visitors.



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