Community Open Day

Posted 10th May 2017

Join us in celebrating International Museum Day on Sunday 28th May! Bring your family and friends to a Community Open Day at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame and Old Alice Springs Gaol to learn more about Alice Springs’ local heritage, including the role of women in Central Australia and the history of the Old Alice Springs Gaol.

This is a FREE event. The day will include a panel discussion (11am), guided tours (10am and 12.15pm), and free entry to full the women’s museum and gaol complex.

The panel discussion will be on this year’s International Museum Day theme of ‘Museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums’.

The topics for discussion are: 

• What is the purpose of museums generally? 

• What is the role of museums in Alice Springs and Central Australia? 

• Is it a museum’s role to tell contested and ‘unspeakable’ histories? If so, how do local museums do this? 

• Are ‘shared stories’ something local museums should strive for?

Facilitator: Kieran Finnane, Journalist, Alice Springs News Online 

Panelists include: Paul Ah Chee ‘Ngala’, Director, Alice Springs Desert Park Mark Crees, Director, Araluen Cultural Precinct Adam Macfie, Anthropologist - Strehlow Research Centre, MAGNT Dianna Newham, Curator, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.

Proudly supported by the Alice Springs Town Council

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