News from the Orange Regional Museum - Spring 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of the Orange Regional Museum newsletter. The newsletter is a way to keep you informed of forthcoming events, openings and current programs.

Progress of the Orange Regional Museum

With the opening of Orange Regional Museum in the not-too-distant future, all eyes are turned to the Museum’s wonderful new exhibition space.  The Museum’s first on-site exhibition Journeys: people place stories aims to tell the stories of Orange and its region by examining the journeys of the people and the place through time.  Beginning with the region’s first inhabitants, the Wiradjuri people, Journeys explores the connection to country told through stories, places and artefacts. Progressing along the path of history, the exhibition follows the stories of the people who travelled to make their fortunes and eventually, their homes here.  Without giving too much away, we can tell you that the exhibition will include some old-favourites, along with some never-seen before objects.  Staff are in the final stages of preparation for the exhibition – work is currently underway building the internal structure of the exhibition space and the many display cases and plinths, soon followed by the installation of objects sourced from all over the region. Journeys: people place stories is a collaboration between regional museums throughout Central NSW.

Keep your eye out for our soon to be announced official opening date and please feel free to come by Orange Regional Museum to enjoy the wonderful rooftop views.

New staff at Orange Regional Museum

Orange Regional Museum has recently welcome two new members of staff, Allison Campbell and Jessica Dowdell.

Allison Campbell (pictured left) recently joined the team at Orange Regional Museum in the role as Collections Officer.  Allison has enjoyed a career in caring for museum collections spanning nearly 10 years. Following completion of her post-graduate studies in Museums and Collections at the Australian National University in Canberra, Allison has worked in both the public and private sectors cataloguing collections, managing incoming and outgoing loans, undertaking collection storage and rehousing projects and ensuring the preservation of a wide range of cultural heritage treasures.  Allison comes to us fresh from a year and a half in New Zealand where she managed a diverse collection at a regional museum on the east coast of the North Island and was kept busy with a collection storage relocation project and a vibrant schedule of exhibitions.

In her new role at Orange Regional Museum, Allison will be responsible for undertaking preparations for negotiating incoming loan objects for the opening exhibition and undertake cleaning, preparing and installing the objects in the display. Following the opening of the Museum, Allison will work to establish procedures and documentation standards for the management of the Museum’s collections and work alongside the Museum’s team of volunteers to catalogue new acquisitions and existing collections – aiming to provide the community with online access to the catalogue of items.  Work by the Museum’s group of dedicated volunteers is still continuing as they catalogue the Orange City Council Heritage Collection, consisting of an array of items gifted to the Council.  The Museum has also recently been generously gifted with a fantastic collection of items from the recently closed Electrolux factory – we look forward to sharing this collection with you in the future.

Jessica Dowdell (pictured right) has joined the team as Public Engagement and Education Officer. While completing post-graduate study at the University of Queensland, Jessica began developing learning and engagement programs for University Museums. To further her career development Jessica travelled to the United Kingdom where she worked with a range of institutions including the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Colchester Museums to administer, develop and deliver a range of public engagement programs for audiences young and old.

As Public Engagement and Education Officer with Orange Regional Museum Jessica will develop a wide range of education programs for under 5s, primary and secondary students. Alongside these programs Jessica will ensure Orange Regional Museum is a vibrant engaging space for all visitors through a variety of public programs.
Allison Campbell                                                                 Jessica Dowdelll

What's On at Orange Regional Museum

Picnic at Wentworth

Sun 20 Nov, 11am-3pm
Wentworth Mine, Mitchell Highway, Lucknow

Join us to recreate the Lucknow picnic, originally held in the 1860s. Bring a hamper, join in the games and try some sweets from the time period. A day suitable for the whole family to explore Wentworth Mine and learn a little bit more about the culenlry delights of the 19th century.
Bookings required via 02 6393 8444 or

Entry $2 per adult. Children, students and pensioners free
More information:

The Colonial Kitchen

Sat 19 Nov 2016, Commencing at 2.00pm
Molong Historical Society Museum, Bank Street, Molong

Explore our food heritage with SLM gastronomer Jacqui Newling in Molong Museum’s early kitchen. Enjoy a friendly cuppa with afternoon tea as we rediscover the types of food and flavours on offer one hundred-plus years ago, and the techniques employed to produce them in kitchens such as this.

Tickets $15 per person, paid on the day
Booking essential please contact Sue Milne on 0400425015 or Marie Hammond on 63604799 or 0447624568 bu Fri 18 Nov

Orange Cultural Heritage Awards 2016

The 2016 Cultural Heritage Awards nominations are now open.  The awards are held bi-annually and aim to acknowledge the commitment that property owners have put into maintaining and conserving the City’s heritage buildings and places using heritage conservation principles.  Entries for nominations should be returned no later than Friday 14 October 2016.  The Awards Presentation will be held at 5.30pm Friday, 11 November 2016 in the Orange Regional Museum foyer.

The guidelines and nomination forms are available from the Orange Regional Museum website, Orange Visitor Information Centre, Orange City Library and the Customer Service Counter at Orange City Council.  Completed forms can be emailed to Orange Regional Museum or placed in the box at the Customer Service Counter at Orange City Council and Orange Visitor Information Centre, Byng Street, Orange.

Learning at the Museum

The team at Orange Regional Museum have been busy contacting local schools to get input on the development of curriculum based education programs. Initially the focus will be on creation and delivery of programs for years 1-6 with further work on resources for secondary students in the New Year.

Details of education programs will be available on our website in the coming months.
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Spring Newsletter 2016

Phone: 02 63938444
Address: 151 Byng Street, Orange, 2800

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