At the Museum | A tough year is one for the history books | Daily Central West


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Just one week away from Christmas, the museum looks back on a successful year of outstanding local and national programming and events. Despite the bottlenecks and uncertainty, we’ve managed to bring you six new exhibits this year, including the National Archives of Australia, Out of This World: Australia in the Space Age and ACMI’s Cleverman, the Australian Center for the Moving Image. Closer to home, we kicked off the year with Pollinators, an absolutely breathtaking display of artwork by nearly 3,000 students from local public elementary schools. This partnership between the Orange Regional Museum, the Orange Regional Gallery and the SPARKE Learning Network included an environmental education and artistic creation program exploring our unique local pollinators and the crucial role they play. Who could forget the mass of wings that adorned our exhibition space, or the many children who came to the museum to find their works among the swarm? This exhibit, along with our long-term local history exhibit, Inherit, was also the backdrop for the Music Night at the Orange Chamber Music Festival Museum, a rare opportunity in a year of restrictions to celebrate together the music, history and art. In May, we brought you Pat Ford: Pride of Orange, a celebration of one of Orange’s most beloved sports heroes. We had so much positive feedback that we turned the exhibition into a book. It is still possible to get a copy before Christmas. Simply visit the Orange Tourist Information Center or Collins Booksellers Orange. The Pat Ford exhibit was followed by our NAIDOC 2021 Weekly Show, Heal Country! This exhibit runs until March 2022 and is worth a visit to learn more about the significance of the country and our remarkable local Indigenous-led land reclamation and environmental education programs. And finally, our latest exhibition Child’s Play: Growing Up in Orange in the 1950s and 1960s proved to be incredibly popular. With over 80 images from the Central Western Daily Negative Collection, this collaboration with Orange & The District Historical Society was curated by local historian, Elisabeth Edwards, and is a summer vacation staple for locals and visitors alike. . In addition to the exhibits, the museum continued to host its Monday at the museum program with hands-on activities for children ages three to five, in-person and online school vacation programs, fascinating speakers as part of our ORM Talks series and free programs Educator evenings, conversations with curators and special tours. We’ve also added 184 new items to our growing collection, including a very appropriate postcard for this time of year, featuring hundreds of local children attending a Christmas party at the Strand Theater in 1940. From the share from everyone at the Orange Regional Museum, we wish you a wonderful end of year celebrations and we look forward to offering you other exceptional exhibitions and programs in 2022. The Orange Regional Museum is open every days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except December 25). Free entry.



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