The opening exhibition for the new Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum building, Objects of National Significance: When war trophies came to Goulburn, has been nominated in the Museums and Galleries NSW 2021 Imagine Awards.
The concept for the opening exhibition grew out of 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.
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Museums coordinator and exhibition curator Kerry Ross said 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" Ms Ross said.
Through re-interpretation that articulates the connections between people, place and objects over a period of over 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 restrictions, the 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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