The Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia is putting the Society's values and charter into action by valuing and preserving its history, and the history of the South Australian community, through the use of innovative new technology, educational practice, and design.
The release of this new digital museum on AM Digital’s Quartex platform, slated for Spring 2020, will coincide with the launch of an improved and expanded physical museum space. The new space, using sustainable, innovative, and inclusive museum and archival practices, will share the history and values of the Society with a new demographic. The digital museum’s online presence will act as a community outreach tool, giving greater access, publicity, and awareness to Society history, and promoting the importance of South Australia's primary industry.
AM Digital’s Quartex platform will enable RA&HS to showcase, share, and celebrate their collections online, including images, audiovisual and scanned documents, as well as a catalogue of archival and published materials. With library standard metadata and a link to the National Library of Australia’s TROVE database, the RA&HS Archives will be connected nationally and internationally. Handwritten Text Recognition, Optical Character Recognition and audio transcription functionality available in Quartex will bring the digital items to life, making them discoverable and searchable by the Archivist, researchers, and general public.
The Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA (RA&HS) aims to promote and share its rich 180-year history in a relevant, engaging, inclusive, and accessible way. The RA&HS is the organiser of South Australia’s largest event, the Royal Adelaide Show. Almost every South Australian has memories of the Show bringing the country to the city, and this is what makes the RA&HS’s Archives and Museum a unique and popular destination, and a valued historical collection. With the help of a grant from the History Trust of South Australia, the RA&HS invested in an online and publicly accessible digital museum, as well as an improved physical presence.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the RA&HS's Charter states that the "Society contributes to the promotion and success of South Australia’s primary industry through the staging of events and the rewarding of excellence", with core values including: History - we value our historical origins and traditions; Reputation - we value our high standing within the South Australian community and the iconic status of the Royal Adelaide Show; and Innovation - We embrace the future and the opportunities it presents.
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