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Remembering Them: A Treasure trove of WW1 memorabilia in Sandstone WA

Remembering Them: Memorabilia marks WWI contribution War medals and badges, which belonged to William Edward de Courcy Lefroy, will be on display at Sandstone Library from 14th November 2017 for a year. Picture: Margie Lundy A treasure trove of World War I memorabilia will be on display at the Sandstone Library for the official opening of the Goldfields To Battlefields: Brothers In Arms exhibition until. The exhibition, which is open until November next year, will display a range of artefacts donated by the families of local soldiers who served in the Great War. It is one of 32 exhibitions across the State comprising the Lotterywest-funded Remembering Them project, which tells the local stories of rural, remote and regional WA communities and commemorates their wartime contributions. Medals, badges and good luck charms will be displayed, along with other collectors’ items including a gift box containing cigarettes and chocolate that was given by Princess Mary to all soldiers serving in the Imperial Forces in 1914. Also on display will be a “Dead Man’s Penny” — a round memorial plaque sent to the next of kin of soldiers who died in the war. Project co-ordinator and former Sandstone resident Margie Lundy said the exhibition was not a celebration of the war, but a commemoration of those who served and the impact felt by the Sandstone community. Ms Lundy said there would be a...

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MGAWA and the WA Museum: share, reuse & recycle

MGAWA and the WA Museum: share, reuse & recycle MGAWA Free-cycle is a free service helping WA museums to share, reuse & recycle. Museums Galleries Australia WA and the Western Australian Museum have been ‘free-cycling’ old display cases, cabinets, tables, mini fridges you name it in an attempt to reduce the amount going into landfill and give small and regional museums a chance to pick up some fantastic museum pieces. We’ve run 3 rounds of the program in 2017 and had a huge response, from as far away as the Upper Gascoyne, Katanning, Cunderdin, York, Northam, Dowerin, Boddington, Kojonup and Guildford. The Museum of Natural History in Guildford, now has a display case of their  taxidermist work and the Cunderdin Museum was able to recycle this comfortable chair (pictured), already been reclaimed by the office cat. Keep an eye out for more emails to see if you can reuse and recycle any items up for...

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Museums Galleries Australia Indigenous Roadmap

Register for the upcoming Perth workshop - Tuesday November 28! The MGA Indigenous Roadmap project is an initiative by Museums Galleries Australia to facilitate discussion on how best to advance the participation and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in museums and galleries. Indigenous peoples are integral to a greater understanding of Australian history, art and culture. Museums and galleries offer a space where authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, art and culture can be considered, reviewed, analysed, re-assessed and ultimately understood. Museums and galleries also open up discussion around Indigenous history and heritage. A closer relationship...

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Professional Learning Workshop: Collecting and Object Handling

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING WORKSHOP: COLLECTING AND OBJECT HANDLING   The Round House, Manjimup Timber and Heritage Park Corner of Edwards and Rose Streets, MANJIMUP Saturday 17 June 9am – 4:30pm Join the WA Museum’s Acting Head of History, Stephen Anstey, for a full day professional workshop in Manjimup. The workshop is designed to develop skills in collection management, and will include a look at collection policy and assessing object significance, object care and handling. Program for the day also includes an update on the collections sector from Robert Mitchell, Executive Officer of Museums Galleries Australia WA, and a Q&A session...

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