Museum to pop up in Riverside Plaza
As part of Council’s Open Museums Open Minds project, a pop up museum is being installed inside Riverside Plaza at The Levee Central Maitland, and will open to the public on the afternoon of Wednesday 14 February.
On display through to Sunday 11 March, the pop up museum, titled ‘Collect Maitland’, features images and artefacts sourced from 12 prominent historical and cultural collections across the city.
Council engaged Joe Eisenberg OAM and Dr Janis Wilton OAM to curate Collect Maitland, which provides the opportunity for community engagement on how residents and visitors would like to experience Maitland’s rich history and heritage. Collect Maitland demonstrates a non-traditional museum experience that is temporary, small scale and unique.
Mr Eisenberg OAM says, ‘Across Maitland there are some amazing items and collections that tell us about our city and bringing some of them together in the one place will be very special. Objects tell stories, so I hope that’s what people get from the pop up.’
Information sourced from surveys completed at Collect Maitland will be included in an engagement report, which will further inform the development of options for the delivery of museum experiences in Maitland.
Council’s Coordinator City and Visitor Economy Martin Payne says, ‘We’re excited to launch Collect Maitland. It wouldn’t be possible without the help of all the different contributors, so I have to thank them. Thanks also to Joe and Janis who have worked tirelessly to bring this together and to Riverside Plaza for providing the space. We are hoping the exhibit will contrast against the indoor shopping centre experience, deliberately creating curiosity for visitors to the centre and inspire people to suggest other ways Maitland’s history and heritage could be experienced.’
Grossmann House, Maitland and Beyond Family History, Maitland and District Historical Society, Maitland City Library, Maitland Gaol, Maitland Rail Museum, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Museum, Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association, Mindaribba Keeping Place, Morpeth Museum and Museum of Clothing have all contributed to Collect Maitland.
Everyone is welcome and entry to the pop up is free. To find out more about Open Museums Open Minds and to offer feedback go to Maitland Your Say.