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Visiting Melbourne's Living Museum of the West

The Living Museum Visitor Centre, Resource Centre, Library and Bookshop is situated in the Bluestone Buildings on the banks of the
Maribyrnong River at Pipemakers Park.

Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue,
Maribyrnong. Melway Map 28 B10

Open every second Sunday throughout spring 11 to 3pm
(the first and third Sunday each month)

Admission: Free

Telephone: 0419 154 265
admin@livingmuseum.org.au


Talks and tours are available by appointment.

Researchers please note:
Due to current funding cuts and subsequent staff shortages some advance notice is required to view or locate specific research material. Please call or email to arrange a time to access to reseach material.

The Living Museum's Resources includes the collection of documents, tapes and artefacts which form the
RESOURCE CENTRE
, as well as the personnel and facilities at the Museum itself.

PUBLISHED BOOKS, REPORTS AND ARTICLES
photocopied documents and copies of unpublished reports. These items are of relevance to the Western Region's history and heritage, as well as dealing with issues relating to the region's environment, planning, cultural activities and art. Many publications are available for purchase via the museum bookshop or through the post see our publications list. It is also possible to borrow some publications from the museum Resource Centre Library.

MAPS, PLANS AND DRAWINGS
these are both copies of historic maps, including parish plans and early survyes, as well as contemporary mapping.

PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE
A photographic archive of approximately 1000 historical images and 50,000 contemporary images. These are primarily in the form of a negative archive with contact prints of all images and a selection of larger prints. The Archive contains Black and White, and colour negatives and prints and colour slides.

ORAL HISTORIES
These include about 400 recorded interviews on cassette tape, as well as printed transcriptions and in some cases summaries. Major themes in the oral history collection include, the role of Women, migration, industry, - Munitions workers, Sunshine Harvester Works, Chaff mills, Life and times of George Seelaf, Lifeblood of Footscray - meat industry.

FILM LIBRARY
Many of the Living Museum's projects, exhibitions and events are documented on film. The Resouce Centre also houses historic film footage about the Newmarket Saleyards, the Maribyrnong River and made numerous documentary films in the 1980s and 90s. The Museum is currently in the process of transferring video tape to DVD. Many of these films are now available to view in the Visitor Centre by appointment.

EXHIBITION MATERIALS
include text and images prepared for past exhibitions and displays. They include both large mounted panels and individual sections. In some cases they may be available for loan or hire. These exhibitions include...

Pobblebonk
- Animals of the Maribyrnong River Estuary

Australia's Arsenal
- Munitions Industries in Melbourne's west

Hear Our Voices
-Stories by women in Melbourne's west

Still Here
- Aboriginal history of Melbourne's west

OUTDOOR RESOURCES
Pipemakers Park, in which the Museum is set, contains other resources for interpretation and study of the region, including:

The History of the Land Discovery Trail, a series of landscaped gardens with different historical themes linket by mosaic artworks,

The Pioneer Women's Shelter, a memorial to irish women who first settled and farmed the Maribyrnong Valley.

The Top Factory, A conserved historic industrial building which formed part of the Hume Pipe Works and is undergoing restoration and interpretation.

The Pipestacks sculpture.

Wetlands and indigenous gardens, which recreate the landscape of the Basalt Plains and Maribyrnong Valley as it was before White Settlement.





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1 & 2 BLUESTONE BUILDINGS 3 VISITORS CENTRE
4 WHARF 5 PIONEER WOMENS SHELTER
6 HISTORY OF THE LAND 7 THE TOP FACTORY
8 KOORI GARDENING TEAM 9 & 10 WETLANDS

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