and sense of
major exercise for this 'ecomuseum' is to develop and present exhibitions.
In 2001, the Centenary of Federation, the Living Museum worked with Brimbank
City Council to show a beautiful exhibition of the floats in a parade
about Federation created by local school children. This was a spontaneous
development and a direct response to a local community cultural exercise.
very different facet of Federation, was 'Australia's Arsenal', (opened
November 2001) a major exhibition about the munitions industry, funded
by the Centenary of Federation Authority, and focussing on the history
of three major factories in the area. This exhibition also involved members
of the community, including senior personnel from each of the three factories.
The exhibition took more than a year of solid research and workshops to
produce and has proved one of the most significant exhibitions produced
by the Museum. 'Australia's Arsenal' outlines technical developments in
munitions as they were developed in Australia, relates these to the local
area and combines this with social comments drawn from many oral histories
drawn from interviews with workers in the industry. Audio-visuals, based
on archival film footage from the Australian War Memorial, were a key
attraction within the exhibition.
the year and throughout Victoria, Raelene Marshall organised more
a RETI grant,
exhibition 'From the Steps of Bonegilla' came from the Albury Regional
Museum. Many western suburbs residents spent their first few months in
Australia at Bonegilla. At the opening, several women mentioned their
fond memories of the camp.
The Museum facilitated the transport of the work of several Melbourne contemporary artists to Croatia for an important show about Australian art. This came about because of links developed over several years with museum people in Croatia who have visited the Living Museum in Melbourne.