Hands-on history at Belmont mini-museum

Natasha Griggs (Manager Community Place Making)
Natasha Griggs (Manager Community Place Making)

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

The temporary mini-museum 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 last year to 596 last month as locals explore familiar favourites and new treasures.

Deputy Mayor Robert Rossi is part of the Belmont Museum Advisory Group. He said the mini-museum is fantastic for hands-on exploration. Almost every display 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 the present day.

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,” she said.

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

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