It may be wise to remember that most small museums across metropolitan and regional Australia were established by historical societies. These societies were normally founded to document, preserve, research, publish and promote local history. This is well served with a museum and a museum is a worthy endeavour, but what about that history?
What about the items not in the collection? What about the people – upstanding, struggler, ordinary citizen or otherwise – who don’t have any connection to any of the museum’s objects? Are their stories not worth telling? Are we only interested in a story that has an aesthetic object to accompany it?We've tried very hard to keep some of our focus on history, and not just running our museum. Objects in our collection tell some valuable stories, but we want the whole picture. We also want to preserve otherwise unrecorded history just as we want to preserve the objects in our collection.
History (full stop).
What do you think? Please comment!