Interpretation project

A project that improves and enriches a heritage experience by helping visitors to develop a strong sense of understanding and appreciation of a place. The project must relate to, or include, a State Registered place or precinct.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Precinct

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Precinct is a significant State asset incorporating a first-class lighthouse, three keeper's cottages.

Cottage two underwent restoration with an immersive and appealing interactive museum experience being nstalled and becoming the Keepers' Cottage Interpretation Centre. The restoration project was the final phase in the Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouses Master Plan. The cottage now houses a modern, interactive and immersive museum providing a historical interpretation of the precinct.

Chinatown Public Art and Interpretation

An artistically rich and diverse team of public artists, local Broome historians and cultural advisors worked together to deliver new artworks and interpretive pieces as part of the Chinatown Public Art and Interpretation Project. The project has engaged multicultural communities to highlight and celebrate their unique history and connection to Chinatown and the wider Broome region.

The public art pieces depict strongly demonstrate the ongoing connection to country of the traditional owners, the Yawuru, that not been previously evident in the precinct.

Drift: a musical journey at Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Albany's Historic Whaling Station was the last operating whaling station in Australia and is one of the few whaling museums in the world developed from an intact whale processing factory. The ‘Drift’ immersive concert was created to mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of the whaling station and the cessation of whaling in Australia. Original music created by Matt Ward enchanted the audience leading them through six reactivated theatre spaces connecting them with a sense of place and context.

Ellensbrook at Mokidup

 In 2019, the National Trust of Western Australia completed a major two-year project to conserve and reinterpret this significant heritage place for the benefit of the community. Known as Mokidup to the Traditional Owners and named Ellensbrook in 1857 for Ellen Bussell it is a place where nature and cultures merge.

The farmhouse sits within its historical, cultural and geographical landscape and provides a backdrop for the telling of the interwoven histories of the Wadandi and the early settles. Stories of dispossession, opportunity, hard-work, resilience, perseverance and changing ways of life.

Montgomery House and Montgomery Hall

Driven by a passion for heritage, Michael Cross, CEO of Aegis Aged Care and his team, including Montague Grant Architects, element and Creative Spaces collaborated to create a special place which is imbued with a deep sense of history, enriching both residents and visitors alike. The outcome is an interpretation project inspired by the past, which has explored hidden stories and recovered lost items, making them accessible once more to the public. This project has successfully increased understanding and appreciation of this important State registered place and highlights its history and heritage in innovative and creative ways.

Path of Pain - Acknowledgement and truth-telling of the Western Australian Lock Hospitals

Hundreds of people from all over Australia, including Aboriginal people, ministers, senior government dignitaries, community members and importantly direct descendants, gathered in the regional Western Australian town of Carnarvon on 9 January 2019 to mark a horrific chapter in Western Australia’s history.

In recognition of the physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual loss to the individuals directly affected and their descendants, the Lock Hospital Memorial Group  brought together the community and descendants to share painful stories and acknowledge past truths with the hope it will lead to healing.

REST at East Perth Cemeteries

REST is an immersive promenade theatre experience at East Perth Cemeteries. The result of a collaborative partnership between the National Trust of Western Australia and the WA Youth Theatre Company it shares the diverse and extraordinary histories of this significant heritage place with new audiences through site specific performance. 

Page last reviewed 18 June 2020
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