Ballarat SCI Regional Network June 2016
For our June meeting, the Ballarat SCI Regional Network visited the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE), where we explored the general collection as well as MADE’s current exhibition entitled, BLING - 19th Century Goldfields Jewellery.
We enjoyed discovering stories from the Victorian Goldfields and the history of Australian democracy which were presented through objects, artefacts and interactive displays that included touchscreen activities, audio visual displays and recorded oral histories.
Highlights of the exhibition included the original, and surprisingly well preserved, Eureka flag, as well as its replica, the exquisite and fine workmanship of the jewellery on display and the interactive display where visitors can test whether they would have been eligible to obtain a prospector’s licence on the Victorian goldfields.
The Ballarat SCI Regional group found the museum, its gift shop and its cafe, The Saltbush Kitchen, to be all sufficiently accessible with wheelchair ramps, accessible restrooms and accommodating, informative and helpful staff.
One issue regarding accessibility was that some of the display cabinets and interactive touch screens in the exhibition were not as accessible as they could have been concerning height design (i.e., constructed only for people standing, rather than people in chairs).
Despite a cold, wet and misty day, we enjoyed ourselves immensely and recommend to others that MADE is well worth a visit.
The next Ballarat SCI Regional Network group meeting will be held on Thursday, 21 July in the Champagne room at the Lake View Hotel, Ballarat.
For more information, or to join the Ballarat SCI Regional Network, contact Barbara at [email protected] or 0402865528
Details of our next event
Thursday, 21 Jul 2016
Lakeview Hotel Ballarat
22 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree VIC 3350
Next meeting wil be held at the Champagne room at the Lakeview Hotel, Ballarat.