Mu­seum’s nice touch

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

BEL­MONT Mu­seum is back in busi­ness and ready for visi­tors to get hands-on with his­tory.

The tem­po­rary min­imu­seum has been brought into the Ruth Faulkner Pub­lic Li­brary ahead of the devel­op­ment of a new three-storey Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The new lo­ca­tion is work­ing won­ders for visi­tors to Bel­mont’s past, with num­bers up from 76 in April 2016 to 596 in April as lo­cals ex­plore fa­mil­iar favourites and new trea­sures.

Deputy Mayor Robert Rossi is part of the Bel­mont Mu­seum Ad­vi­sory Group, and said the mini-mu­seum is fan­tas­tic for hands-on ex­plo­ration; just about ev­ery­thing out­side of glass can be touched.

“It makes things come alive,” Mr Rossi said.

“We’re work­ing hard to make sure the his­tory of Bel­mont is safe for­ever, and en­sur­ing the work that started with the Bel­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is kept and in­te­grated as part of the new mu­seum.”

The first ex­hi­bi­tion at the mini-mu­seum is A Mother’s Voice: Sto­ries of Par­ent­ing in Bel­mont, de­signed as part of the Her­itage Fes­ti­val.

It re­volves around arte­facts and sto­ries col­lected about Bel­mont moth­ers from all walks of life from the 19th cen­tury to now.

Man­ager of com­mu­nity place mak­ing Natasha Griggs said the ex­hi­bi­tion tied in with re­search the mu­seum staff had al­ready un­der­taken.

“We’ve got some fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries of peo­ple who’ve lived in the area for a very long time,” Ms Griggs said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on un­til June 15, Mon­day to Fri­day from 9am to 5pm.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d468976

Natasha Griggs, Deputy Mayor Robert Rossi and Bel­mont Mayor Phil Marks.

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