Donating Objects to the Orange Regional Museum

Making a donation

With generous support from the community, Orange Regional Museum is developing a heritage collection for use in the museum. Caring for the region’s history and heritage is an important part of the work of the museum. Developing the collection is a way of preserving unique stories about the region so they can be shared with current and future generations.

The museum is looking for objects that tell stories about Orange and the region, its history, people and places. Objects do not have to be beautiful, old or valuable to merit a place in the museum’s collection.

What sorts of objects are relevant to the museum? Here are the themes shaping the museum’s exhibitions and collection

ST131 – DRAFT – Strategic Policy – Orange Regional Museum Heritage Collection

Do you have an object that might be suitable for the museum?

  • Tell us about your object
  • To help the museum consider your offer of donation please tell us about your object by providing the following information
  • Your name, phone number and email address
  • A description of the object and its date
  • Information about who owned and used the object and its connection to the history of the Orange region
  • Is there any supporting information such as a photo of the item in use or the original owner, a film clip or other documentation?
  • How did you come to own the object?
  • Attach a photo of the object

Please do not send the object or original photos or documents, and do not leave the object at Council.

Contact us by email with the above information to have your offer reviewed or phone 6393 8170

How the Museum will assess your offer

All offers of donation are considered by the Museum and Heritage Co-ordinator, drawing on expert curatorial advice if required.

Orange Regional Museum’s Heritage Collection Policy guides decisions on offers of donation. Sadly not all offers of donation can be accepted. The museum will assess your offer by considering its relevance to the museum’s collecting themes, its significance, condition and whether the museum has the resources to care for the item.

The museum does not accept items on long term loan but will consider short terms loans if the item is suitable to the exhibition theme.  See Orange Regional Museum Heritage Collection Policy. ST131 – DRAFT – Strategic Policy – Orange Regional Museum Heritage Collection


Image: Tea pot, Orange Regional Museum collection, gift of the Gartrell family

Villages of the Heart

Wheat heart shaped logoVillages of the Heart is a major project currently being developed by Orange City Council, in conjunction with Blayney and Cabonne Councils with funding from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

Villages of the Heart aims to capture stories from the past to the present through the themes of; village secrets, village produce; village places and village gold.

Stage 1 of VOH in 2013 developed a contextual history of the villages, together with around 30 oral histories.

Stage 2 in 2014-16 built on this work through a Regional Partnership Grant between Orange Regional Museum and Sydney Living Museums (SLM), with funding support from Arts NSW.  The work with SLM focussed on a key theme in the Villages research – From Paddock to Plate, about the produce, food and culinary history of region and its villages and people. This included building skills in the community museums in developing public programs abound their distinctive food stories.  Among the public programs delivered in the last two years, Carcoar Hospital Museum held a ‘Farewell Dr Rowland Dinner’ framed around an 1867 dinner to farewell its local doctor, with food inspired by the original menu.   Molong Museum celebrated the Packham pear with legendary CWA cook and MasterChef star Merle Parrish, cooking a pear and spice cake with the Packham pear, ORM hosted a masterclass with SLM’s gastronomer Jacqui Newling on food programming in museums and organised a community picnic in Lucknow village inspired by a community picnic held in the 1880s .

It is expected this work will help to inform and shape the Paddock to Plate exhibition and its public programs, supported by research for the thematic history




Central NSW Museums

Central NSW Museums websiteVisiting the museums and historic sites of the Orange, Cabonne, Blayney District provides an opportunity to experience the rural lifestyle of Australians at the time of Federation. Being able to see a 100 year old photo, farm machinery or tools used to craft the pioneer homes gives an appreciation of rural technology as well as the spirit of personal endeavour.

Explore the region through its Regional Museums Heritage Trail. Absorb the history and heritage of Australia’s colourful past. Explore Central NSW Museums