Museum of Perth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Atlas Building entrance on the Esplanade frontage with Museum of Perth sign, June 2018

The Museum of Perth is a private, non-profit museum located in the Atlas Building, 8-10 The Esplanade (opposite Elizabeth Quay), in Perth, Western Australia. It aims to chronicle the social, cultural, political and architectural history of Perth.

Beginnings[edit]

It began life as a virtual museum on the social media site Twitter in October 2012, created by Dallas Robertson, a museum studies student at Edith Cowan University.[citation needed] It was expanded into Facebook the following year.

Following an online article about the Twitter page from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Perth) in 2013,[1] Perth City councillor Reece Harley approached Robertson with the view to opening a bricks and mortar version of the museum.[2]

In 2014 the still-virtual museum gained local attention when it led a campaign against the City of Perth to save an art deco factory from demolition,[3][3] which ultimately failed when a Western Australian state minister intervened to support the local government's decision.[4]

Formation[edit]

By July 2015 the cyber Museum of Perth moved a step closer to reality when the Perth History Association was set up comprising members Dallas Robertson, Reece Harley, Ryan Zaknich, Ryan Mossny, Richard Offen and Diana Warnock. The not-for-profit organisation subsequently founded the Museum of Perth with Reece Harley as executive director.[5][6] In October 2015 the Museum of Perth became a reality, with project manager Alysha Worth employed to oversee its establishment.[7]

Exhibits[edit]

Along with a permanent exhibition on the history of Perth, the museum also contains a micro-cinema and hosts rotating exhibitions on Perth's social history.[8][9]

Events[edit]

The museum also has been involved in the annual Heritage Perth "Perth Heritage Days".[10]

  • Shaping Perth[11]
  • Soldiers of Barrack Street[12]
  • Demolished Icons of Perth[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uncovering old Perth through new networks". ABC Perth. 8 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Museum of Perth dream to become reality". 16 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Gone in a puff". 23 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Factory smoked by PCC". 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Museum of Perth to throw open doors next month". 10 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Museum of Perth opens doors to local history". 21 October 2015.
  8. ^ Cheng, Linda (22 January 2016). "Elizabeth Quay: the Perth waterfront designs that were never built". WAtoday.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ http://shapingperth.com/
  12. ^ http://www.thesoldiersofbarrackstreet.com/
  13. ^ http://www.demolishedicons.com/

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 31°57′23″S 115°51′29″E / 31.956438°S 115.857976°E / -31.956438; 115.857976