This is brilliant! It’s about time we shrugged off the weird city-shame we seem to have. I’ve been digging around the City of Vincent heritage portal and Trove for newspaper articles about the area I live in and it’s fascinating! I can only imagine how much more interesting stuff is hidden away.
How about including some history on what was going on before Perth was Perth? There is plenty of Australian Aboriginal history too.
Hi Simone, the Museum of Perth was my submission, and I have a facebook group set up you can join and from which you can get more information. You make a very good point about including Aboriginal history, and the idea is certainly to make pre-white settlement the opening attraction, as well having a significant space in every room featuring corresponding Nyungar history, both triumphs and tragedies. A Museum of Perth would be myopic and two dimensional if it didn’t include our indigenous community’s 40,000+ year history in the Perth region. Thank you for bringing this point to attention.
new big museum view old new look western Australian history and aboriginal history to see land scape and what wa would look years ago plus dino
It would be great to spend our tax money on a project that has significance to Western Australia, instead of a stupid football stadium. It would be great if the whole concept of the museum changed to make people want to go there, utilize the talents WA has to offer, incorporating history and performance, art and culture and presenting them in a different way. Getting inspiration from other museums around the world that seem to maintain an interest in the past and present. Museums don’t need to be all the same why cant we get some creative thinkers on board to help rejuvenate something that seems so out dated into a exciting and cultural experience. Starting from the outside in! The museum will be able to profit if the people at the top listen to the views, of what people want rather than, what people are going to get!
It is our museum and it deserves to have good history from the people of Western Australia.
Perth city streets are a kind of vibrant outdoor museum, and it is great to see arts and culture events taking place in front of beautiful heritage buildings such as pop-up markets and Perth International Arts Festival performances in the Perth Cultural Centre. I loved the Heritage Council’s ‘Look Up’ campaign encouraging people to look above the shops in town to appreciate the original building facades (they also held a competition) and the Art Deco Perth city walk brochure features my favourite CBD building, the Gledden Building. I recently started the Hidden Histories of Northbridge podcast walking tour (3.5 hours) that you can download free online from http://www.northbridgehistory.wa.gov.au – did you know that over 50 locals contributed their stories to the series? There are development and revitalisation projects happening all around us. I love the concept of incorporating some outdoor and interactive elements into a museum as our history is being written every day.
This looks like a fantastic idea to me.Anew and exciting concept that strives to be a bit different.I agree with Emma,we need more money spent on the arts rather than unnecessary football stadiums etc.And that is coming from a football fan! I wish Dallas all the best with his museum.
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