Orange Regional Museum is calling on all local community organizations to share their stories and objects.
Orange Regional Museum is launching the ‘Community Case’ program to exhibit, share and record significant local stories.
Community organizations are encouraged to apply to display their objects and stories in the foyer of the Museum for three months during 2018.
Organizations will be assisted by the Museum team to curate displays and exhibit objects.
In 2018 Orange Regional Museum hopes to have three ‘Community Case’ displays on show from June 2018. Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 4 May 2018.
Community organizations can find out more and complete an application here or contact Orange Regional Museum on 02 6393 8444.
By Sandra McEwen, Consultant Curator, Paddock to Plate: a history of food and wine in Orange and district
It’s not often that I’m lost for words…but it happened recently. I was rummaging in a cupboard at Molong Historical Museum, looking for treasures. Suddenly, out of the darkness emerged a wheat flail that was made and used in 1873. The label attached indicated that Sam Clarke used it on his first wheat crop grown at Home Plain, Grega. It wasn’t just a wheat flail. It was one in excellent condition, with a complete story!
Wheat flails were used for the horrible job of beating (winnowing) the outer casings off ears of wheat to produce clean grain. The user hung on to the longer stick and thrashed the wheat with the short one. Leather tied the two sticks together. In 1884 the task was taken over by stripper-harvesters that could both reap the heads off wheat stalks and winnow them to harvest grain in one operation.
Wheat flails weren’t precious, so not many have survived to tell their tales. This discovery at Molong reinforced for me what an important role small regional museums play in preserving the treasures of our rural past. That little wheat flail sat undisturbed in the dark for many, many years, just waiting for its time to shine. The exhibition will be full of gems similar to this one. Whatever you do, don’t miss it!
Image above: Sam Clarke’s Flail, c.1873. Loan courtesy Molong Historical 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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