Royal Perth Hospital Museum on show for Heritage Perth Weekend

Leigh Barrett (executive director of Heritage Perth) at the Royal Perth Hospital Museum. The Heritage Perth weekend takes place on Octobr 20 and 21. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. www.communitypix.com.au   d487394
Leigh Barrett (executive director of Heritage Perth) at the Royal Perth Hospital Museum. The Heritage Perth weekend takes place on Octobr 20 and 21. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. www.communitypix.com.au d487394

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

The two-day celebration of all things 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.”

Leigh Barrett (executive director of Heritage Perth) at the Royal Perth Hospital Museum. The Heritage Perth weekend takes place on Octobr 20 and 21. Picture: Andrew Ritchie. www.communitypix.com.au d487394

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 the jewels of the city.”

All the Heritage Perth Weekend events are free, but some require bookings.

To find out more, visit heritageperth.com.au.