Friday, April 26, 2024

Goulburn war exhibition up for NSW award

Goulburn’s Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum’s opening exhibition has been nominated for a State award.

The exhibition Objects of National Significance: When war trophies came to Goulburn has been nominated in the Museums & Galleries NSW 2021 Imagine Awards.

Goulburn Mulwaree Council says the concept for the opening exhibition grew from the significance of the original WW1 war trophy collection which established the museum; the enduring community support for the precinct; the desire to transition the museum into current best practice curatorial standards and to promote wider audience engagement.

“The decision was taken to centre the exhibition around 16 objects of national significance from the WW1 collection housed onsite since 1927. The objects were further researched, contextualised and re-interpreted to tell the history of the museum, of the collection and of the surrounding community to showcase the new exhibition space,” said Museums Coordinator and exhibition curator, Kerry Ross.

“Through re-interpretation that articulates the connections between people, place and objects over a period of 90+ years the exhibition delivers a meaningful experience that has re-engaged the local community and attracted new audiences to this important regional collection.”

Whilst the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the museum’s team is working behind the scenes to deliver a new exhibition in 2022 based on local experiences of WW2. The exhibition will feature both war time service personnel and the experiences of those who lived through the war years In Goulburn and surrounding districts.

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