Students Discover Family Heroes of the Past at the Unley Museum

The following is the transcript of a press release Council is issuing this week.

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The City of Unley is encouraging school groups and families to visit the Unley Museum to learn about the area’s history and perhaps discover some of their own.

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Museum curator Karen Paris said the Unley Museum regularly hosted school groups, which visit the museum to learn about history through stories told by objects, photographers and personal accounts.

 

“On a recent visit by St John’s Lutheran School a student was amazed to discover the name of a long-lost relative on the Sturt Football Club Honour roll. It’s wonderful to see people, especially children, uncovering part of their own family history,” Ms Paris said.

 

Housed in a former fire station built in 1898, the Museum’s temporary exhibition program and permanent collection has more than 12,000 objects.

 

Visitors to the museum can also compare their lives and contemporary technology to now defunct technology and life on the home front during World War I through the museum’s At Home, In War: Unley 1914-1918 exhibition.

 

The exhibition commemorates the World War I Centenary by focusing on the lives of local residents back in Australia while war was waging.  Developed in line with Australian Curriculum the exhibition provides students with an interactive way for students to engage with history.

 

“Students have the opportunity to test out these old technologies first hand.  Using the exhibition’s live morse code machine, they can decipher and send messages using 171 year old Morse Code,” Ms Paris said.

 

City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne said the museum was an important interactive and educational resource for Unley residents young and old.

 

“The Museum’s education program works in parallel with the Australian History Curriculum but makes learning fun by incorporating games, treasure hunts and even a walking trail of the local area with stories of local heroes,” Mayor Clyne said.

 

The Unley Museum is additionally an accredited Learning Destination with the Australian’s Children University and offers year round learning activities during Museum opening hours.

 

Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue

Open Monday to Wednesday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1.30pm- 4.30pm

Closed on public holidays.

Admission is FREE.

 

For more information call (08) 8372 5117 or visit www.unley.sa.gov.au/museum

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