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2015 GAMAA FINALIST: Pine Rivers Heritage Museum

PROJECTS: ORGANISATIONS WITH PAID STAFF 2015 GAMAA FINALIST

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum’s project, Napoleon’s Last Gamble, consisted of an exhibition and a series of associated public programs commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (on 18 June 1815) and the final downfall of France’s Emperor Napoleon. Displaying items of international significance such as original uniforms, equipment, relics and images, the exhibition explored the impact of the French Revolution, the rise to power of Napoleon and the years of conflict.

Adding Australian and local relevance, Napoleon’s Last Gamble included components dealing with the legacies of the Napoleonic wars in Australia, including the stories of veterans of this conflict who later served or settled in Australia. One of the key aims of the project was to develop long-term partnerships between the Museum and local historians and private collectors and collecting groups. A series of public programs included talks by the curator and collectors, school holiday workshops and a Regency Supper Dance.

Moreton Bay Regional Council's Cultural Services Coordinator, Tim Lynch accepting a GAMAA Finalist award from Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler. Photographer LeAnne Vincent.

 

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