The future of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology’s collection of priceless international artefacts has been given a boost with a grant from Moreton Bay Regional Council.
A $200,000 Community Operational Support Grant will help the museum continue its operations in 2022 after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of its major fundraiser, the Abbey Medieval Festival, in the past two years.
Opened in 1986, the Abbey Museum is home to collections of fine art, antiquities and artefacts that cover eras such as the prehistoric Europe, the Bronze and Iron ages, the Roman Empire and Medieval Europe.
The non-profit organisation also offers research support, education programs for primary and secondary students, and work experience placements and internships, including those for people with injuries who are retraining or returning to full-time work.
Mayor Peter Flannery says preservation of the iconic collection is vital for future generations.
“The Abbey Museum is a veritable treasure trove of international history, placing it in a rare category, and making it a highly valuable cultural asset for the Moreton Bay Region,” he says.
“The antiquities, artefacts and art works have major national significance, and are in high demand from other institutions to loan for their collections.
“From Pharaoh’s Egypt to stunning stained glass and even bling through the ages, there’s something for everyone to explore.”
Division 1 Councillor Brooke Savige says the Abbey Medieval Festival is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
“It’s one of the biggest annual events on our region’s calendar since it started back in 1989,” Cr Savige says.
“More than 30,000 people participated in and attended the last festival back in 2019, many of them from interstate and overseas, pouring over $2 million into our region’s economy.
“After a tough couple of years, this Community Operational Support Grant will help the AMAA continue to thrive for the benefit of our residents and visitors.”
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology director Edith Cuffe welcomed the grant.
“This funding is highly significant to the museum, particularly coming on the back of two years where we haven’t been able to hold the Medieval Festival,” Ms Cuffe says.
“The Museum has been struggling, and this has the capacity to help us turn things around and move more positively into the future.”