Dreams of times gone by inspire new exhibition

Discovery centre

‘Dreaming on the Riverfarm’ is the first ever exhibition at the University of Western Sydney’s Hawkesbury Discovery Centre at the Hawkesbury campus, and will launched on Tuesday 19 November 2013.

The exhibition features work by students from Blaxland High School and Lapstone Public School, and was inspired by the ‘Dreaming on the Riverfarm- Stories from Hawkesbury’ oral history. The works inclulde  expressions of the student’s interpretation of local history, sustainability, and Aboriginal history and reconciliation.

The opening of the exhibition will be a day of celebration with a traditional horse and cart ride around the historic Fairy Circle, and an Australian colonial lunch that will include damper, corn on the cob and a sausage sizzle.

The exhibition is a joint project between UWS Office of Sustainability, UWS Records Archives Management and the NSW Department of Education and Communities (Public Schools NSW).

“UWS is pleased to work with both Public Schools NSW and our local schools to showcase a new 21st Century learning pilot,” says  Dr Paul Rowland, Interim Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engagement, Strategy and Quality.

“Using ICT learning along with an understanding of the importance of history and sustainability, this exhibition is a celebration of the students hard work and the importance of storytelling.”

Students, teachers, UWS staff and representatives from the Department of Education and Communities Gifted and Talented unit will be present for the opening.

The ‘Dreaming on the Riverfarm- Stories from Hawkesbury’ project was funded by the 2011-12 Your Community Heritage grant from the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. It is an oral history about the UWS Hawkesbury Riverfarm covering pre-European settlement through to the present day uses by UWS. And more information can be found online.

The exhibition will be open to the UWS community and public each Wednesday until Christmas.

For more information about the exhibition opening and Hawkesbury Discovery Centre, please contact Caroline Casse, Events Assistant, UWS Office of Sustainability on c.casse@uws.edu.au or 02 4570 1003.

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