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We were delighted to help celebrate the town of Exmouth’s 50 year anniversary with the 'Memory Room' project.
For three days of anniversary celebrations (15-17 September) we turned part of the new Ningaloo Centre into the ‘Memory Room’ - a space for sharing photographs and stories about the history of the town.
The Memory Room
It was the culmination of a year's worth of working with the community of Exmouth to gather stories and memories about their town.
This wonderful community-led project was developed in partnership with the Shire of Exmouth and involved long-term and former residents of Exmouth, as well as students from the local school.
The 'Memory Room' was a place for people to reconnect – often after many years apart – and a place where residents and visitors to Exmouth could reflect on and share their own memories of Exmouth.
This project has helped shaped the way the story of Exmouth will be shared in the New Museum.
The Young Curators
In June, we worked with Exmouth District High School Year 5, 6 and 7 students who became curators for a week . They curated an online exhibition, Exmouth: Our Town, using the same methods WA Museum curators use to develop the content for New Museum exhibitions.
This involved reviewing and sorting through the vast collection of photographs and memories that had been shared by the older residents of Exmouth to decide on common themes and ways of grouping together ideas. The students then chose images, wrote text, recorded interviews and created videos to explain their ideas. They then designed the layout of these elements for their online exhibition which showed the early years of the town and revealed how it has changed over the last 50 years.
The young curator’s exhibition was displayed alongside the photographs and oral histories of the early residents in the 'Memory Room' as part of the opening of the Ningaloo Centre.