New projects promoting and preserving our maritime legacy continue to be supported through the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme (MMAPSS).

A small white boat sails on the Derwent river in Tasmania. The boat is the SV Westward.
SV Westward—Sailing on the Derwent, Maritime Museum of Tasmania. MMAPSS support will provide and install a new power pack (engine and gearbox) for the boat.

Preserving and displaying objects of national and historical maritime significance is an essential part of telling our important stories. That's why 20 maritime heritage projects, including from organisations affected by floods in early 2022, and a museum intern are set to benefit from more than $157,000 in support under the 2022 MMAPSS round.

The latest projects funded through MMAPSS include:

  • The physical restoration of vessels 
  • Museum site enhancements, including flood-proof storage
  • Development and extension of information sharing and educational materials to increase the accessibility of maritime history
  • Digital platforms and publications that share heritage stories
  • The exhibition and conservation of specific heritage items

MMAPSS provides funding to museums and other volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisations to help with important maritime project preservation and supports staff or volunteers across Australia to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections.

Since MMAPSS began in 1995, $2.2 million has supported 520 projects and over 70 internships.

Visit the Australian National Maritime Museum website for more information on MMAPPS and to discover the wide variety of projects funded.