Alchemy: The Lustre of Hill End

National Parks and Wildlife Service museum exhibition / interpretive
Trigger co-authored a comprehensive interpretation strategy for Hill End Historic Site, which determined five interpretive themes and the main stories to be told. This research was implemented through the curation and design of 'Alchemy: The Lustre of Hill End' a bespoke interpretive exhibition, situated in an adaptively reused FRS Fire Shed in the centre of the town. Existing heritage structures we reused for interpretive purposes. As an example, the skeletal remains of a heritage cottage became the centrepiece for an AV projection and object display piece that introduces the interpretive experience.
Innovative ways were developed to showcase the archive’s wealth of photographic material. A large interactive touch screen displays photographs of the town in different time periods, large scale prints of the historic Holtermann Collection line the walls and a 6m long illuminated floor panel features an 1872 panorama of the town. We also developed an innovative donation box video experience that has been very successful in raising funds.
The exhibition space comprises some small, obstructed and fragmented areas. We addressed this constraint by tailoring content and the interpretive experience to the idiosyncrasies of each space. For example, a small heritage room becomes the intimate venue to view Harry Hodge’s 1960s era town model, and a former well received a glazing treatment to become trafficable and allow an interactive AV experience.
One of the core aims of the exhibition was to enrich the town and to attract both cultural and economic benefits to the Hill End area. The exhibition provides a deeper and more thematic experience than that which was previously offered, ultimately promoting longer visitor stays and insight into a living village.
This project is shortlisted for The 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards and entered in 2017 National Trust Heritage Awards.

Photography by Anthea Williamson

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