At the museum
The Museum's research policy
We believe that research is an important part of a museum's function and that information should be made available. The Museum's research areas are available by appointment. Tuesdays and Thursdays are preferred, other times may be available by special appointment. We have had to introduce charges for research that requires time of our volunteers.
We ask that the researcher provides a copy of the results of their work to the Museum, be it a document, book, CD, DVD, whatever is produced as a result of the research.
Research may be performed by Museum Volunteers for those unable to get to the Museum. As the Museum is completely volunteer-run it can take some time to fill requests. Depending upon the amount of work required charges may be applied.
Intending researchers will need to print and complete a Research Request Form and send it back to us at least two weeks in advance via email, post or fax.Research Request Form (requires Adobe Acrobat)
The John Wray Memorial Research Room
The John Wray Research Room was opened in 2010 to allow public access to the museum's extensive archives and library.
Our archives form a collection of National significance, and hold a comprehensive record of Lithgow SAF since its inception.
Included are documentation, drawings and cartoons, blueprints, photographs and data on the items and firearms produced, the manufacturing processes, management, the social and sporting aspects, the buildings and machinery, and changes in working practices and conditions over the years.
Equipment in the research room includes photographic facilities, desktop and large format scanners, digital microscope, photocopier, laminator and a thermal binding machine. In order to recover costs there will be charges for photocopying, CD's, printing, laminating and binding.
The Armoury research facility
An extensive reference collection of reserve weapons is housed in the Museum Armoury. This collection is available to valid researchers by special appointment. Only in very special circumstances will a weapon be taken from the display areas for research, and this must be out of visitor hours.
All researchers allowed entry to the Armoury will be required to show a valid applicable firearms license and to sign the Armoury attendance book. The Museum reserves the right to refuse any person entry to the Armoury.
The Armoury is a secure area and tours of the Armoury are not normally available.