The Civil Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) will collaborate with a number of partner organisations on an aviation heritage project after the Australian Research Council announced funding yesterday.
The Heritage of the Air project has been formed to generate new understanding of how aviation has changed Australian society and is to be led by Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage Tracy Ireland of the University of Canberra.
Professor Ireland will be supported by CAHS and Airways Museum Research Fellow Dr Peter Hobbins of the University of Sydney.
CAHS will work on the project with the Australian National University, University of NSW, Airservices Australia, the National Museum of Australia and the SFO Museum at San Francisco.
"This project aims to generate new understandings of how aviation has transformed Australian society over the last hundred years, and how the technology of global mobility has shaped people, cultures and communities," CAHS stated.
"Whilst aviation has transformed Australian society over the last hundred years, its heritage is under-appreciated and at risk."
CAHS believes the Heritage of the Air project will make an important contribution to culture and society and understanding the impact of aviation in the lead-up to the 2020-21 centenary of Australian civil aviation.