Object Highlight: A shopping indicator from Canowindra

Shopping lists are nothing new. This one from the early 1900s is great because it’s totally sustainable. It uses no paper or ink and can be used and reused simply by flicking the metal arrows. Of course a shopping indicator like this limits the user to a particular range of items…and that’s why it’s so valuable to us now. It provides insight into the sorts of items most frequently bought in grocery stores at that time. Spices like nutmeg and ginger were used in both savoury and sweet recipes. Foods like tapioca and sago aren’t so popular today. And does anybody at all buy lard? We have an enormous range of cleaning agents to choose from these days but, back then, all cleaning requirements were met by soap, soda and vinegar.

Objects from the past can tell us so much about the lives of the people who used them. When you visit your local museum take the time to read the objects carefully. You’ll be surprised by their stories.

Check out this object and 300 more in Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange & District.

Loan courtesy of Canowindra Historical Society and Museum Inc.

 

 

Museum Sleepover

Orange Regional Museum’s Sleepover is a chance for kids and their parents to spend a real ‘night at the museum’ camping out in the Museum’s gallery.

The sleepover will include three hands-on activity sessions, a film screening as well as dinner, snacks and breakfast.

A parent or guardian is required to accompany children for the duration of the sleepover. One adult per three children is required to attend.

Fri 12 Oct – Sat 13 Oct 2018
6pm – 8am
Orange Regional Museum
Tickets $55 per child, $25 per adult
Friends of Orange Regional Museum tickets $41 per child, $18 per adult
Ticket covers dinner, dessert, snacks, breakfast, all activities and film screening.
Suitable for children ages 6-10 years only
Booking essential, limited tickets
Tickets via museumsleepoverorange.eventbrite.com.au or 02 6393 8444

Please read the Museum Sleepover FAQ for more information.

All participants need to bring a completed ‘participant details form’ to the event.

#OrangeFoodGrams

Youth Photographic Competition

As part of the Orange Youth Arts Festival 2018 (Oct 2018) and the exhibition Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district, Orange Regional Museum will be hosting a photographic competition all about FOOD!

Locals aged 13-25 are invited to enter a photograph via instagram using #OrangeFOODgrams.

See below for detailed entry requirements. 

Photo entries can be of any picture that is connected to food in the Orange region. This may include meals at local restaurants, family celebrations, family recipes, family meals or favourite foods. The most important criteria is that the photo and the food has a story to go along with it.

Prizes will be up for grabs and winning photographs will be displayed at Orange Regional Museum during the Youth Arts Festival 2018.

Entry Requirements

All entrants should read the following before posting photographs.

Entrants must be between the ages of 13-25 when posting photos.

All photos must be posted on instagram or emailed directly to museum@orange.nsw.gov.au.

Conditions

  • Photo entries can be of any picture that is connected to food in the Orange region (with in Orange City Council, Blayney or Cabonne Shire areas). The most important criteria is that the photo and the food has a story to go along with it. The story should be a minimum of 25 words – max of 50 words.
  • Entrants may post up to three photos. If more are posted the first three will be entered into the competition.
  • Photos may include meals at local restaurants, family celebrations, family recipes, family meals or favourite foods.
  • When posting your photo please include your name, the hashtag #OrangeFOODgrams and tag @orangeregionalmuseum.
  • The photo entry must be free of copyright and indemnify Council for any claim of copyright
  • The entrant acknowledges that all photos are for public exhibition and personal information will be disclosed to the public
  • Orange Regional Museum reserves the right to delete /cancel any entry that does not meet the above conditions.

Criteria for judging

  • All entries will be judged by a panel of local photographers and Museum staff.
  • Entries will be judged on photographic merit and connection to the food culture of the region.
  • The judge’s decision will be final.
  • ORM shall use and take care of any personal information you supply.  By entering the Competition, you agree to the collection, retention, usage of your personal information in order for the museum to process and contact you about your Competition entry.

Prizes

  • The top 20 entries will be displayed at Orange Regional Museum during Orange Youth Arts Festival 2018.
  • Entrants will be required to sign a permission to publish form giving Orange Regional Museum the rights to reproduce photos for exhibition and marketing materials. Entrants retain copyright over photos.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top five photographs and stories. All top 20 participants will receive certificates of merit.
  • Orange City Council are not liable for any loss or damage incurred by an entrant or winner in relation to this competition.

Objects in focus: Whisks

One of the major themes of Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district is how changing technology has changed the way we live our lives. What better way to visualize this than the humble whisk. An item we all know but over time the whisk has changed shapes and sizes to accommodate our needs.

As a part of an interactive kitchen visitors to Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district can explore changing kitchen technology and think about the days before electricity made our lives much easier.

Image: Whisks, loan courtesy of Molong Museum & Historical Society Inc. and Orange & District Historical Society Inc.

 

 

Objects in focus: Wine Press and Wine Barrel

In 1979 Rob Gilmour was the first person to grow wine grapes commercially in the district. By 1983 Christopher and Catherine Bourke had commenced operations at Sons & Brothers Vineyard in Millthorpe. On show in Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district is the wine press used by Christopher Bourke to process the first grapes grown at their property.

As well as the press the first wine barrel used by Stephen and Rhonda Doyle at Bloodwood Wines in the 1980s will also be on show. These items, accompanied by modern and historic photographs will help to tell the wine story of the Orange district.

Images:

  1. Wine Press, loan courtesy of Christopher and Catherine Bourke, Sons & Brothers Vineyard
  2. Photograph of Christopher Bourke using wine press, c.1980s, image courtesy of Christopher and Catherine Bourke, Sons & Brothers Vineyard
  3. Wine barrel, loan courtesy of Bloodwood Wines