THE Berrima District Museum won several awards at the Museums and Galleries of NSW IMAGinE (Inspiring Museums and Galleries in Excellence) Awards recently.
The awards recognise the best regional and metropolitan visual arts and cultural heritage experiences and the individuals who make these experiences possible.
The museum won the sustainability award for the new extension - The Williams Gallery, the engagement award for Cloud Stories (part of the Southern Highlands 1200 exhibition) and Lyn Hall received special mention in the Individual achievement: Volunteer category.
The museum's Harlan Hall said the new Williams Gallery honours Bob and Gloria Williams for their many years of volunteer work for the museum.
"The vision behind the new extension was twofold: to design, build and fit-out a multi-purpose gallery to meet environmental standards of national and international museum practice; and to provide the museum with a temporary exhibition space," he said.
"A major community fundraising effort combined with obtaining 10 significant government grants and the massive in-kind donations from local builders, tradesmen and building suppliers gave the community a world class gallery.
"This award recognises all these efforts made by so many in the community, for our community."
The Cloud Stories Digital Exhibition "allows the visitor to enrich their experience by finding further information about the exhibition from the cloud story technology on the gallery's iPads," Mr Hall said.
"Visitors can also continue their exhibition experience anywhere, anytime on their own personal digital devices. They can even share the exhibition with family and friends.
"Our museum has now been recognised for bringing a volunteer country museum into the digital age," he said.
Lyn Hall was highly commended for Individual Achievement in the Volunteer category.
"Lyn has been a volunteer for over 11 years contributing her professional graphic design experience and creative and artistic abilities to provide the museum with a look many large professional museums can only wish for," Mr Hall said.
"This is her gift to our community."
The Story Centre at the Berrima District Museum is open from 10am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday and every day during the public school holidays.
For more information call 4877 1130.