Museum celebrates ten years with a focus on farming

Come along and celebrate Hawkesbury Regional Gallery’s 10th anniversary at a new exhibition opening at Hawkesbury Regional Museum on Friday, 18 May at 6pm, as part of a whole weekend of celebrations!

Food Bowl Farming – new exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Museum

The important exhibitiontraces the cultural history of food production in the area since the first white settlers planted crops along the river in 1794, saving the infant colony from starvation.

Their farms and farming techniques, a legacy of British farming traditions, reshaped and redefined the landscape, and in the 200 years that followed, right down to the present day, farmers from China and other parts of Asia, as well as those from continental Europe, have all played a part, diversifying not just the Hawkesbury landscape but the Australian palate as well.

The Museum’s exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of the museum, which has seen 156,819 visitors pass through its doors. In that time it has won seven major awards, including awards for tourism, volunteering, exhibitions and collection management, as well as an award for the building itself.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett believes the Museum is well deserving of its many accolades.

“We are all very proud of our Regional Museum,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

“I’m looking forward to opening this next exhibition, which is about a key part of our history, including a look at the working lives of migrant farmers, their patterns of land use, their tools and technology, their influence on local culture and so much more.

“It’s such a big story, and we can rely on the museum will tell it well,” the Mayor added.

“Our celebrations will be a special way of connecting with our community as we acknowledge our Museum’s wonderful achievements over the last ten years.”

The exhibition is produced in association with the NSW Migration Heritage Centre, and curated by guest curator Dr Kate Gahan, a professional historian with a reputation for discovering significant local stories and sharing them with broader audiences. Dr Gahan will give a talk on Saturday, 19 Mayas part of a whole weekend of celebrations.

10th Anniversary Program of events

Friday, 18 May 6pm

Official opening of new exhibition, presentation of awards to long-standing volunteers

Free – registration through Eventbrite required for catering purposes.

Saturday, 19 May 10am-4pm

Open Day - kids’ activities, face painting, a gardening walk-through, food, music and historical entertainment. Fun for the whole family. Free, no need to book.

Saturday, 19 May 2pm

Curator’s talk, $5, includes refreshments. Bookings through Eventbrite are essential.

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

Bookings: www.hawkesburygallery.eventbrite.com

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