Ex­plore his­tory

Guardian Express - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

Her­itage Perth Week­end is com­ing up, with a stel­lar line-up of build­ings, walks and talks for all ages to check out across the city. En­try is free.

UN­COVER the quirky, strange and rarely-seen side of the city at the up­com­ing Her­itage Perth Week­end.

The two-day cel­e­bra­tion of his­tory and her­itage takes place on Oc­to­ber 20 and 21, of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of build­ings, walks and pre­sen­ta­tions to ex­plore.

One such site is the Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal Mu­seum, usu­ally only open on week­days.

Act­ing cu­ra­tor Mar­garet Baker said she and her fel­low vol­un­teers, many who pre­vi­ously worked as nurses, loved hav­ing as many peo­ple through the mu­seum as pos­si­ble.

“Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal was the first pur­pose-built hos­pi­tal in the state; it has such a rich his­tory,” she said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to shar­ing that with peo­ple.”

Her­itage Perth ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Leigh Bar­rett said there was so much for vis­i­tors of all ages to see and do, with sites in­clud­ing the Old Ob­ser­va­tory, Palace Ho­tel and Perth Modern School open­ing their doors.

A Poke­mon Go scav­enger hunt and Rad­i­cal Perth walk­ing tour will also be or­gan­ised.

The event has grown from one day in 2009, and the direc­tor said it showed no sign of slow­ing down.

“Lots of the build­ings you walk past all the time and don’t even no­tice,” she said. “There’s a real flavour at the mo­ment to re­store old build­ings; most have been at risk, and now they’re jew­els of the city.”

All the Her­itage Perth Week­end events are free, but some re­quire book­ings. Visit her­itageperth.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d487394

Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal Mu­seum ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Leigh Bar­rett.

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