Past Finalists 2017
Azelia Ley Museums Complex
The Azelia Ley Museums Complex has effectively engaged with local volunteers, community groups, businesses and students to build a strong school program and consolidate community ownership of the complex, its exhibits and the stories which are shared.
The Azelia Ley Museums complex was one of the first settlements in the Cockburn area. Built in the 1800s, the buildings house furniture, costumes and archaeology from that era, conserved and beautifully displayed for the enjoyment of the public.
The museums complex also hosts many heritage-related events through the year and is part of the Australian National Trust Heritage Festival’s annual program.
Gwalia's Gold Exhibition
Gwalia’s Gold – its People and Places is a multimedia exhibition showcasing 90 photographs, 23 portraits with accompanying story panels and a video documentary featuring Gwalia and its current and past residents. The photographs and story panels speak to the tough, basic living and working conditions of underground gold miners in Western Australia’s Goldfields at the turn of the last century.
Creative Spaces worked with the Shire of Leonora and multimedia journalist Kate Ferguson to create an immersive experience that transported visitors to Gwalia at the time the Sons of Gwalia goldmine was in operation from 1898 to 1963. Gwalia’s Gold was a temporary exhibition in Perth’s CBD as part of the 2016 Perth Heritage Days.
The Historical Panoramas website provides a unique and visually dramatic way for viewers to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle from as far back as the 1860s through a large collection of photographic panoramas. Pan and zoom around incredibly detailed historical view of the two cities images, jump between locations to see different viewpoints or fade between different years to see changes on specific sites.
The photographic panoramas provide a vivid view of our past and present, and provide an absorbing way of visualising the history of Perth and Fremantle.
Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre
Geraldton’s Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre (MHHC) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre, within the grounds of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, that tells the story of architect-priest Monsignor John Cyril Hawes through his own words.
By utilising Hawes’ diary entries, drawings and personal records, visitors are privy to Hawes' personal thoughts.
Large pull-out display drawers, designed to strict conservation standards, display a selection of Hawes’ original drawings and documents that wouldn’t otherwise be seen due to their delicate nature.
The MHHC complements the adjacent cathedral and is the gateway to the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail.
Old Perth Boys' School
Curtin University’s decision to establish a city hub and stakeholder engagement space has provided an opportunity for the adaptive reuse of the Old Perth Boys School, and for interpretation that speaks to the place’s original history in providing education.
Everyday experiences of students of yesteryear are captured by used slate pencils, buttons, marbles and pen nibs which are presented in a display cabinet. Extracts from examinations sat at Perth Technical College have been routed into (replacement) floorboards. Other panels feature high profile men and women connected to the place, from pre-colonial to contemporary times, who have all influenced the development of Western Australia.
The interpretation is cleverly extended onto the terrace through continuity of design, with the bus stop in front of the Old Perth Boys School incorporating stories and images connected to the significance of the place.
Sound from the Ground
Sound from the Ground exemplifies innovative interpretation of a heritage place. This unique project drew on the graves at East Perth Cemeteries as a springboard to explore the stories of those who lived and died in the formative years of the colony.
Classical guitarists responded to the themes and stories that arose from their contemplation of the graves and burials at East Perth Cemeteries and developed a musical narrative that explored the ideas of commerce and government; family and relationships; exploration and change; faith and community; hardship and struggle; love, and ultimately loss.
Sound from the Ground culminated in two sell-out performances at East Perth Cemeteries in April 2016 – musical interpretation which made no physical impact on the place but left a powerful, lingering impression on the audiences and performers.