Cultural Heritage Update
Exhibitions at the Burke Museum
Past Exhibition - Chinese ANZACs
In July we had a touring exhibition on Chinese ANZACs from the Chinese Museum at the Burke Museum. This exhibition tackled a very important part of Beechworth’s military history, and had great feedback from the community.
Upcoming Exhibition - WW1 Centenary of Armistice
Our WWI Centenary of Armistice exhibition (as yet untitled). This exhibition will feature the photographs of William Forrest, a Beechworth soldier who took a camera to the battlefields of France and around the world after the war. The exhibition will explore the formation of memory and memorialisation of war, and will feature William’s photographs alongside objects from his life. The exhibition opening date is to be confirmed with a launch event at the Burke Museum. Contact the Burke on 03 5728 8067 for more information.
Upcoming Outreach Exhibition - Beechworth Gold
An outreach exhibition to be installed at Beechworth Gold. This exhibition will explore the history of the gold rush in Beechworth, and will showcase Burke Museum objects in a display in the business premises. We’re very excited about this upcoming industry partnership, and look forward to building stronger ties with businesses in Indigo. You may have already noticed photographs from the Burke collection on display around the outside of Beechworth Gold. If your business has a partnership idea that you’d like to explore get in touch with Cameron at the Burke.
We have a project underway to expand our education offerings at the Historic Precinct. With grant funding from the Victorian Government’s Strategic Partnerships Program we have an education officer on staff, and recently attended the Education Show at the exhibition centre in Melbourne. This was a great day, and we spoke to many school groups and teachers about visiting Beechworth.
The first objects from the Burke Museum’s repatriation program were returned to the Dja Dja Wurrung in Bendigo in October. This is the outcome of a decade long project led by Collections Manager Linda Peacock, and is a great success for the Burke. Our museum is leading the way on regional repatriation of Aboriginal objects and the objects will soon go on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
Burke Museum and Historic Precinct launched their new ticketing system over the past month. Using a dedicated online booking system and point of sale called Roller, the system is allowing us to sell, scan and track visitor behaviour in a way that we haven’t been able to before. This is a huge step forward for visitor behaviour tracking in Beechworth, and will give us a much clearer picture on our provision of service. This combines with our recent simplification of ticket options to create a streamlined visitor experience.
Portals into Rutherglen
Congratulations to Arts Rutherglen on the launch of the new Portals Into Rutherglen project. The concept utilises street art to unlock the history of buildings within the main street of Rutherglen. The first portal was recently launched in the window of the Rutherglen Wine Experience and is an art piece by Chiltern artist Kirrily Anderson depicting Aitken and Fullerton Grocers. We encourage you to drop by and view the window next time you are near Rutherglen. Well done on a great heritage initiative.