Tuesday, May 21, 2013

popping up around the place


Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is heading out on the road for 12 weeks of ‘pop-up’ events from June to August 2013 and they want YOU to be involved and share the story of your main street!

Who are they?
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is located on Castella Street in Lilydale. It was great to attend the opening after a major re-development, you can read more here. The Regional Museum is operated by Yarra Ranges Council and hosts a range of exhibitions and programs as well as managing cultural collections that reflect the history of Yarra Ranges.

What is the pop-up museum?
The Regional Museum is taking a ‘pop-up museum’ out on the road. It will ‘pop-up’ in approximately 16 places over 12 weeks, covering the huge geographical reach of the Shire. The pop-up museum will be a temporary extension of the permanent museum, comprising collections displays and museum staff in a community venue. It provides a mini museum experience to townships across the region.

The theme of the pop-up museum is small business and retail in local main streets. As well as showcasing museum displays, the pop-up museum is a place to share community knowledge about our main streets. The Regional Museum will then develop an exhibition focused on this theme, to be displayed at the Regional Museum between November 2013 and March 2014.

The Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is a terrific
community asset, located on the historic
Castella St in Lilydale, it's well worth a visit.

How does it work?
As well as exhibiting a selection of Regional Museum objects and images on the day for communities to enjoy, the pop-up museum will invite communities in the Shire to share their stories, items and photographs related in some way to their local main street with museum staff and other community members.

To participate, people are encouraged to come by the pop-up museum when in their community, and either simply enjoy the Regional Museum’s collection display or bring along an object, story or photograph associated with the history or present of their main street. They will be asked to write a ‘label’ and contribute it to the temporary display. If people don’t have a story to share, there will be plenty to hear, see and do.

Where will the pop-up Museum be?
The ‘pop-up’ museum will go to 16 locations across 12 weeks. The townships below are the intended locations of the events, but in each place we will be asking surrounding townships to attend and share their stories.

Mt Evelyn   Yarra Glen    Coldstream    Mooroolbark    Lilydale    Chirnside Park    Monbulk    Wandin North    Healesville    Mt Dandenong    Belgrave     Upwey    Woori Yallock    Yarra Junction    Warburton    McMahons Creek

How can you or your organisation be involved?
The Museum is seeking to work with local groups in each of the 16 locations listed above.

For more information and to follow the pop-up museum’s progress:
Visit the project blog or or contact the Museum team on 03 9294 6313 or museum@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

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