Museum Exhibition wins Highly Commended

Hawkesbury Regional Museum in Windsor has won a Highly Commended Award for Best Exhibition in the 2018 IMAGinE awards.

The Awards are presented annually by Museums & Galleries NSW, the peak body representing 500 museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres across NSW. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of over 8,000 professionals and volunteers, and the work they do to enhance the State’s vibrant cultural economy.

Highly Commended - Hawkesbury Regional Museum
(Exhibition Projects – Museums; 3-10 Paid Staff)
‘Food Bowl Farming: Migrants and Food Production in the Hawkesbury District 1794-1994’

Developed by guest curator Kate Gahan, the exhibition traces the cultural history of food production in the Hawkesbury since 1794.

The exhibition explores the lives of migrant farmers, patterns of land use and cultivation, buildings, tools and technology and the influence of cultural tradition and ethnicity on local farming.

The exhibition is on display now and throughout 2019.

Included in the display are the Chinese market gardeners of the late 19th century, and the important post WWII migrants who continue to shape both what was farmed and how it was farmed.

In recent times, migrant families of various Asian backgrounds have continued to develop these narratives.

This exhibition represents the first time an intensive research project has been undertaken to interpret and present the history of migration in the development of farming in the Hawkesbury district.

The opening event was planned to coincide with International Museums Day and the Museum's tenth anniversary. As a result, around 250 people attended the day to view the exhibition, as well as hear a curator talk and enjoy garden games, food, entertainment and heritage walks.

Exhibition partners include NSW Migration Heritage Centre, Western Sydney University and the Kurrajong- Comleroy Historical Society. The Museum has also built strong relationships with the local migrant farming community; people who, in their normal day to day life, would not usually interact with the Museum.

Since its opening in 2008, the Museum has won several awards for Hawkesbury City Council, including tourism awards, an award for its volunteers, and an award for cultural infrastructure. The Museum has also been successful in securing ongoing financial support from Create NSW, the NSW Government’s arts and culture policy and development body.

The Museum is located at 8 Baker Street, Windsor. For more details visit www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/museum

Food Bowl Farming

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