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.

Joint winner: Montgomery House and Montgomery Hall

The Montgomery House and Montgomery Hall interpretation project is an exemplar in its field. This complex of heritage buildings has been conserved for future generations, while interpretation permeates every aspect of the project from the architectural and interior design and in-house museum to the wayfinding, interpretive signage, branding and online marketing. 

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.


Joint winner: Path of Pain at Western Australian Lock Hospitals

In recognition of the physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual loss to the individuals directly affected and their descendants, the Lock Hospital Memorial Group (made up of the Shire of Carnarvon, researchers, community members and direct descendants) brought together the community and descendants to share painful stories and acknowledge past truths with the hope it will lead to healing. It organised a centenary commemoration held at One Mile Jetty, the commissioning and installation of a statue titled ‘Don't Look at the Islands’, the installation of interpretive signage along the tramway line from the Carnarvon town centre to the jetty at One Mile Point - a path the Aboriginal people walked as many took their final steps on mainland Australia and a photographic and video presentation permanently on display in the Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery.

Commendation: 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.

Commendation: 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.

Commendation: 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.

Page last reviewed 15 July 2020
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