BALLARAT CIVIC HALL COLLECTION IS NOW A REALITY AT THE GOLD MUSEUM
On the 12th October 2015 Merle, Barbara and Judith met with Senior Curator, Roger Trudgeon to donate some of the items from The People’s Hall-Civic Hall Exhibition, plus photos of the exhibition and photographic greeting cards by Judith Buchanan for Save Civic Hall. Mary Kelly, resident and former user of The Civic Hall also attended and donated many of the event programs which were on show at the exhibition at the Backspace Gallery back in June.
Mary also donated a rare and precious black and white photo of the Vibratones performing at Civic Hall. It was rare because it is the only photo that we know of that was taken from the balcony in the dress circle area on the 1st floor and is an amazing view of this event in the 1960’s. Mary also donated other unrelated items.
View from the balcony….The Vibratones at a 1960’s event
Merle Hathaway donated some of her precious and personal items such a trophy cup she won at one of the South Street elocution competitions and some accompanying news paper articles in addition to some other personal Civic Hall treasures. Curator Roger Trudgeon was delighted to accept the items on behalf of the Gold Museum in the interest of preserving Civic Hall History for future generations.
A big thank you must got to Barbara Cytowicz for organising the visit and enabling the exchange if items. We must also thank the Gold Museum for their support during Civic Hall -The People’s Hall Exhibition and initiating a Civic Hall Collection.
Curator Roger Trudgeon is a very happy man after receiving donations for the Civic Hall Collection.
THE CIVIC HALL HISTORICAL WALK
Barbara has also developed a wonderful online resource for The Civic Hall Historical Walk. There is a map of the Heritage Precinct with photos and descriptions of various buildings and highlights on the way. She also points out the locations of the Civic Hall’s predecessor halls, The Alfred Hall and The Coliseum. Some of Ballarat’s most spectacular Victorian architecture is on show as well as some Art Deco gems. Now the weather is a little warmer why not pack a picnic and take the challenge or better still stop off at all the eateries and cafes along the way.
WE ARE NOW APPROACHING THE END OF PHASE 2 OF THE PARTICIPATORY DESIGN PROCESS
Here Studio are now in the final stages of the formulation of 10-5 concepts for the forthcoming conclusion of phase 2 of the Participatory Design Process. This is expected to conclude towards the end of October.
There will be a Community event on 14th November to celebrate this milestone and the 5 concepts will be on show to the public. Details to be announced by Here Studio in the near future.
ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM… BY HERE STUDIO
An environmental Forum and panel discussion took place at M.A.D.E on Thursday 15th October. The guest speakers presented a talk on what they believed were the environmental issues surrounding the Civic Hall. The different views made for an interesting discussion with lots of questions from the audience. The conclusion was that there were still many unknowns about the Environmental issues associated with the Civic Hall Site and more work needs to be done to uncover the facts.
The guests were Gavin Cerini, Angela Enbom, MC Matt Briody, Michelle Emma James, Penny Greenslade and Dave Kendal.