All things great and small exhibition

All things great and small brings together a selection of items from the Hurstville Museum & Gallery collection and illustrates how objects tell different stories depending on their context and audience.

Images: H2007.234, doll; H2016.8, pram; H1980.33, wash jug;. Hurstville Museum & Gallery collection.

We invite you to explore our museum objects from various perspectives. Pink-coloured labels present imaginative stories created by the Discovery Writers group, whereas the teal-coloured panels reveal the objects’ history. The orange labels are interactive labels for you to engage with the exhibition and to share your personal memories of some of the items on display.

The exhibition is on show at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 22 July – 15 October 2017.

All things great and small exhibition room shot.

Stories matter!

Objects have many stories to tell and can be used as anchors and triggers for a huge range of stories, both factual and fictional. Most of our objects on display once belonged to residents of the St George area; some were a part of a daily life, while others were made for special occasions. They all have a history and stories to tell. Telling stories can enable us to draw links between past, present and future and bring to life the human presence behind any object.

Imagine looking at an object not only for its artistic or historical significance but also for its ability to spark conversations.

We hope our objects spark conversations in this exhibition and we invite you to participate to share your memories.

“Oh my, is it Monday?”

Washing machine and interactive display.

Remember the time when washing was done on a Monday? Before we had the luxury of modern laundry detergents with optical brighteners, there was a mysterious little blue bag which was stirred around in the final rinse water on washday. The main ingredients were synthetic ultramarine and baking soda. Are you old enough to remember?

It was important to be sure that the bag never leaked because otherwise little particles of blue would come out and leave small blue dots on the washing. We have also heard that another use of the blue bag was to dab on bites and stings to ease the pain.

Do you remember this sound?

In the days before word processors and computers, the typewriter reigned supreme in offices and homes as the essential machine for nearly all types of writing. The reign of the typewriter lasted for more than 100 years, from its invention in the 1870s to its decline in the 1980s.

Contribute to our memory board and tell us what you used your typewriter for. Have a go at typing up your memory with our typewriter from the 1960s!

Typewriter display.


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