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23 June 2017
Muriel’s dress steals spotlight in Tweed on Film exhibition
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What do Muriel Heslop – lead character of PJ Hogan’s classic film Muriel’s Wedding  -  and Pirates of the Caribbean anti-hero Captain Jack Sparrow have in common?

 

Both have strong connections to the Tweed and feature in the Tweed Regional Museum’s upcoming exhibition Tweed on Film, opening on Tuesday 4 July.

 

Muriel’s wedding dress, on loan from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, will be a centrepiece of the exhibition and feature alongside rare surviving film props from Pirates of the Caribbean V: Dead Men Tell no Tales.

 

“Replica whale bones, now part of the Museum’s permanent collection, will be on display for the first time since they formed part of the skeleton filmed on location at Hastings Point. They’re so real they even smell like the ocean,” exhibition curator Erika Taylor said.

 

“Muriel’s wedding dress is definitely a fashion statement, and a coup for us to have on display.  It is probably the most recognisable costume from this very memorable film - some would say on par with the white satin jump suit Muriel wore to such effect in her performance of ABBA’s famous hit Waterloo.”

 

PJ Hogan grew up in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads and attended Mt St Patrick College and Tweed River High School. Son of a local farmer turned councillor, PJ has spoken about how much he drew upon family experiences when writing and directing both Muriel’s Wedding and the more recent Mental.

 

A recognised classic of Australian film, Muriel’s Wedding has been adapted by PJ Hogan as Muriel’s Wedding The Musical,  currently in rehearsal by the Sydney Theatre Company.

 

Museum Director Judy Kean said the Tweed had been the inspiration and location for many films, TV series and documentaries, and continued to be a very popular film location.

 

“That’s the story we’re featuring in Tweed on Film,” Ms Kean said.

 

“The list of productions that use the Tweed as a location or have their inspiration in local connections is long and travels the gamut from cult classic to blockbuster.  I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Camp, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Terra Nova, Sisters of War, Cubby House, Taylor Made and Murwillumbah Swamp Beer are just some we’ve identified.”

 

To complement the exhibition, the Museum will host a range of public programs, including a Movie Magic location bus tour on Saturday 5 August, as well as events in collaboration with ABC North Coast and Screenworks Northern Rivers NSW.

 

For full details and updates on events as part of Tweed on Film, visit the Museum website museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6670 2493.

 

Tweed on Film is on display at the Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah until 25 November.


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15 May 2017
Stories give Courthouse life of its own
Tweed Heads Courthouse stories media release
A refurbishment of the old Tweed Heads Courthouse, part of the Tweed Regional Museum complex in Pioneer Park, will have added significance when the building is reopened later this year.
8 May 2017
A glowing history of Museum volunteers
Museum volunteers media release
Tweed Regional Museum has a happy history of wonderful volunteers and is using National Volunteer Week to shine more light on their valued contributions.
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21 April 2017
Living with ability - Museum project shares inspiring stories
Living with ability - Museum project shares inspiring stories

A new major exhibition at the Tweed Museum will share the moving and inspiring personal stories of eleven ‘ordinary’ people whose rich life experiences include living with disability.

The exhibition, Untold Stories: living with ability, is part of a larger project being undertaken by Tweed Regional Museum called Contemporary Voices, which captures diverse stories of people living in the Tweed.

Participants in Untold Stories have generously allowed the Museum to record and share their stories through audio, video and text, complimented by objects emblematic of their personal journeys.

The exhibition opened at the Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah in late March and continues until 24 June.

“It is no small thing to allow large parts of your life story to be recorded and used as the basis for a public exhibition,” Museum Director Judy Kean said.

“To do so in the community in which you live, so others can have a ‘window’ of understanding into experiences and issues they would otherwise be unaware of is especially generous.”

Tracy Barrell, Una Cowdroy, Jan Cronly, Suzy Hudson, Bev Larsson, Ally Page, Nicole Randolph, Tim Thomas, Anne-Gabrielle Thompson and Bill and Yvonne Trenear have each participated in an 18 month project which documents many aspects of their lives, including individual experiences of living with disability.

“One of the most striking aspects of the project for me, has been that while each person’s experience of disability is significant and sometimes life changing, it’s just one part of much bigger richer stories characterised by survival, adventure, academic and sporting achievement, love, advocacy, spirituality, generosity, tenacity, and much more,” Judy Kean said.

“The exhibition is inspiring and moving for many different reasons, and offers visitors different ways of appreciating these stories.”

Museum staff worked with Karen Collins, Council’s Community Development Officer, Aging and Disability and with members of Council’s Equal Access committee, and project participants on the project.

A program of activities during the exhibition includes: verbal imaging tours of the Untold Stories exhibition and the Museum for those with vision impairment; interactive story telling sessions for children by Bev Larsson in May and June, based on Bev’s book Along Came Henry; AUSLAN interpreted tours on Saturday 22 April and Saturday 20 May, and more.

The Museum will host the launch of the 2017 Access and Inclusion Awards in May.

Untold Stories: living with ability is supported by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW.

For more details about the exhibition and program of activities contact the Museum on (02) 66702493 or visit the website museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au. The Tweed Regional Museum at Murwillumbah is open Tues to Sat 10am - 4pm, entry is free.


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2 March 2017
Discover the Tweed's hidden gems
Thunder Eggs media release
Thunder eggs found in the Tweed are the envy of collectors around the world.
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17 February 2017
One of the best remembered in Museum's Collectors Cabinet
Museum Top Brass media release
A new collectors display at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is both a celebration of all things brass and a tribute to one of the Museum’s most dedicated volunteers.
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10 February 2017
Village exhibition turns spotlight on Uki
Museum Uki village exhibition
The Tweed is made up of many historic, beautiful and vibrant villages, each with its own unique characteristics and stories to tell.
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17 January 2017
Murwillumbah Museum reopens
Murwillumbah Museum reopens media release
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah reopened today after a temporary closure as a safety precaution during repairs to the building’s air conditioning system.
11 January 2017
Temporary closure of Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
Murwillumbah Museum closure media release
Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah is temporarily closed to the public this week as a safety precaution during repairs to the building’s air conditioning system.
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6 December 2016
Three cheers for our volunteers
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The benefits of volunteering can flow both ways, according to Tweed Regional Museum volunteer Ross Johnson.

 

Ross is part of a global network of volunteers who give their time to a diversity of organisations and projects. International Volunteer Day, held on 5 December each year, acknowledges the contributions made by community champions like Ross, often in largely anonymous roles.

 

While the efforts of volunteers contribute enormously to the Tweed Shire community, Ross says volunteering is also valuable for his personal wellbeing.

 

“I volunteer to keep my interest up in things and to keep me mentally fit,” according to Ross, who has been helping with the Tweed Regional Museum, Tweed Heads Historical Society branch for 15 years.

 

Ross contributes to the Front-of-House roster at the Museum and is a great source of local knowledge. He has donated many items to the collection and provided content for exhibitions. He is hugely supportive of the Museum and educating the community about Tweed history.

 

"I certainly have no plans to stop volunteering,” he said.

 

“Both my family and my wife’s family have always done a lot to assist the community and that is how I was brought up.”

 

Ross also volunteers for other organisations in Tweed Shire, including playing music at the Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads Anglican churches, Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts and Kingscliff Returned Services League.

 

Museum Director Judy Kean said without its volunteers the Museum “really could not have opened the doors and done as well as we have”.

 

“The Museum has 100 volunteers who assist staff at the Museum in Murwillumbah and at the Tweed Heads and Uki branches,” she said.

 

“Tweed Regional Museum is deeply grateful for the contribution of our volunteers and we invite the community to help us applaud their wonderful efforts.”


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