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Design Nation

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah
30 June 2020 - 28 February 2021

Design Nation - Copyright Tweed Shire CouncilDesign Nation Curator, Tim Ross, holding a Dolphin torch. Photographer Ryan Hernandez. Design Nation is a touring exhibition from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and celebrates the ingenuity of Australian design. Tweed Regional Museum is the first stop on its nationwide tour.

Tim Ross, comedian, writer, TV personality and design enthusiast, has curated the exhibition, which brings together outstanding examples of Australian ingenuity and innovation from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences' collection. Many of these objects are mainstays in Aussie households - the Dolphin torch, Staysharp knife, and Esky - yet we tend to take them for granted. The exhibition casts a spotlight on Australia's rich manufacturing history from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s; the golden age of innovation, a period in which 'Australian Made' contributed to significant local economic growth and found unprecedented international success.

From the Ford Capri to the famous Stackhat helmet of the 1980s, take a trip down memory land when Design Nation opens at the Museum on 30 June 2020.

Land | Life | Culture

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah

Permanent Exhibition

Land Life Culture The Land | Life | Culture display introduces visitors to the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Tweed. The Tweed is one of the largest natural erosion calderas in the world, shaped by dynamic forces over millions of years.

The project is the largest undertaken by the Museum since the multimillion dollar redevelopment of the site was completed in 2014. The display was made possible through Restart NSW funding and through generous private donations.

The exhibition features important Indigenous cultural knowledge associated with key locations around the Tweed contributed by members of the local Aboriginal community as well as information on Tweed's biodiversity.

The exhibition provides visitors with a comprehensive introduction to landscape formation; how it has shaped life in the valley, and continues to do so. The exhibition features interactive hands-on components alongside case study specimens.

NSW Government Land | Life | Culture is proudly supported by the NSW Government in association with
Foundation sponsors: Ian and Teena Fox
Gold sponsors: Murwillumbah Historical Society, Tweed Heads Historical Society
Silver sponsors: Friends of the Tweed Regional Museum

Small Town Queer
Online exhibition and collection project

Small Town Queer title treatment
Small Town Queer explores the rich tapestry of Tweed's LGBTQIA+ history from the early 1900s to the present. This digital project includes the Museum's first poscast series, a story map, and an interactive portal for community stories. Small Town Queer is an interactive and inclusive space for the LGBTQIA+ community to tell their own stories about being a small-town queer.

The project explores themes of sexual liberation, love, activism, discrimination, defiance, performance, and local business. The Museum is collaborating with LGBTQIA+ community members to uncover the often hidden and ignored stories of Tweed's many and varied queer voices. View the online exhibition

Untold Stories: living with ability - Online Exhibition

Untold Stories is a Untold stories websize Tweed Regional Museum project exploring some extra-ordinary stories of living with disability.
The exhibiiton, Untold Stories: living with ability, was displayed at the Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah in 2017. The project captured diverse stories of 'ordinary' people whose rich life experiences include living with disability.
Participants in this project generously allowed the Museum to record and share their stories through audio, video and text. This wonderful expression of lives lived 'with ability' and to the fullest is now available as an
online exhibition. (external link)

Adrian Smith Mineral Collection

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah

Permanent Exhibition

Adrian Smith - PyritePyrite specimen from the Adrian Smith Collection. Adrian Smith had a passion for gems and minerals, and over his lifetime amassed a collection of over 3000 specimens from Australia and throughout the world. An early passion for science led him into a career working for the CSIRO and later at Watson Victor in the scientific equipment division. Adrian's career enabled him to travel the world, and he made many connections with other gem and mineral collectors. He began collecting specimens on his overseas trips and soon also began travelling with friends and family on weekends and holidays to add to his collection.

Adrian was well known for wanting to share his passion with others, especially children. This is now a reality, after the collection was donated to Tweed Shire Council.

This permanent exhibition at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah features the very best specimens from the Adrian Smith Collection, including 500 minerals and 300 gemstone specimens.

Thunder eggs: Tweed's hidden gems

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah

Permanent Exhibition

Thunder eggsThunder eggs from the Museum's Collection. These spherical wonders are found in the silica-rich volcanic landscape of the Tweed and tell a story of the molten lava that once flowed through the area over 20 million years ago. As the lava cooled, the trapped gas and minerals produced a stunning array of colour and crystals inside the thunder eggs.

This display features a wide selection of thunder egg specimens from the Museum's extensive collection.

The Tweed Heads Courthouse

Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads

Permanent Exhibition

CourthouseMaritime history displays inside the Courthouse. The original Tweed Heads Courthouse was relocated from its former location in Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, in 1985. Refurbishment was undertaken in 2017 and the building now houses displays focussing on the history of the Courthouse and its role in the community. Displays also feature a selection of items related to the maritime history of the area and an exhibition of vintage souvenirs and postcards highlighting the role of tourism in the history of the Twin Towns.

Boyds' Shed

Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads

Permanent Exhibition

Boyds' ShedBoyds' Shed, 2018. Boyd ancestors were among the earliest cedar getters on the Tweed in the 1840s and there are several local landmarks named after the family. The Boyd brothers became well known for the hauls of mullet they netted off local beaches from the 1920s to 1960s.

The first section of Boyds' Shed was built by the family in 1907 at a location on the river bank at Boyds Bay, Tweed Heads. During the early 1930s the Boyds further extended the shed, adding a wing to the eastern side. The shed was used until the 1960s as a hub for the Boyd family fishing operations, as well as a social meeting place.

It became disused in the 1970s and by the mid-1980s it was threatened with demolition. In 1994 the Lower Tweed River Historical Society began the process of raising funds to relocate Boyds' Shed to its current location on the banks of Terranora Creek in Pioneer Park. In 1996, this process was complete and the shed became part of the Museum.

A major refurbishment of the Shed was completed in December 2018. New interpretive displays showcase the rich history of the shed and the contribution of the Boyd family to the Tweed Heads Community.

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