Heritage Victoria – Living heritage grant for window conservation

Ercildoune’s window conservation is supported by the Victorian Government.

A Living Heritage Program grant of $45,000 has been awarded to undertake urgent works to address the rotting cedar window frames at Ercildoune.

Originally built for the National Bank of Australasia in 1876, the building is now owned and managed by the Footscray Historical Society, and public access is facilitated through tours, exhibitions and research opportunities. The works will mitigate further deterioration to the building’s original fabric, and will improve the insulation and health and safety conditions of the building’s interior.

The society uses Heritage Victoria’s  conservation advice, publications and list of consultants and tradespeople to find experts to help with conservation and repairs.   Current needs for conservation include addressing the condition of the windows and improving disability access.    The wider Footscray community is interested in the history of the building and appreciates the society’s long commitment to the property.

“Owning a heritage place is a big but rewarding responsibility. Support from Heritage Victoria and the local Council has been very helpful.”

“Obtaining a conservation report from a heritage consultant has been invaluable in helping us prioritise what we need to do and when.”

Ercildoune is open each Tuesday 10 – 2 pm, the first Saturday of each month 10 – 3 pm and at other times for special events and school groups.   It is used by the Footscray Historical Society as well as various local organisations.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ercildoune
66 Napier St Footscray 3011
Enter via Hyde Street door, opposite Footscray Police Station

Postal Address
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66 Napier St Footscray
Australia 3011

Email
Email: foothist@bigpond.com

Phone
03 9689 3820
 

Opening Hours

Every Tuesday 10am - 2pm

First Saturday of the month 10am - 3pm

Footscray Historical Society entrance is on the west side of Ercildoune i.e. Hyde Street opposite Police Station

Fees for research

Members of Footscray Historical Society Inc. are not charged to access the archives. A fee of $11 per visit applies to non-members accessing the archives unassisted. Enlist the support of volunteer staff for $22 per visit or email response. Supplementary fees vary according to how many photocopies or digital files are ordered.