Next month the National Trust launches their 35th Heritage Festival.
With a long standing network of committees across NSW, who dig deep every year to develop heritage events far and near, this year’s festival program is truly inspiring.
Themed Conflict & Compassion to feature the local and specially prepared exhibitions and programs made ready for the centenary of the Anzac landing, the festival guide excels in highlighting the unique flavours of regional NSW.
Featuring a myriad of events from poetry readings in small town pubs, to garden tours and historic walks, as well as every possible aspect of the WW1 impact, the festival program should be compulsory bedside reading.
Plan your itinerary to take in stories about the role of women in the war; learn about the land army; the making of munitions and who bred the horse for the lancers. Indigenous stories abound, and it’s truly multicultural; with Jewish, Chinese, Turkish, Scottish and Pitcairn voices too.
The National Trust has printed and circulated 40,000 copies of this fine publication – you can view it here online, collect one from your local library or a Visitors Information Office. You can also phone (02) 9258 0123 and have one sent to you.
Featuring a myriad of events from poetry readings in small town pubs, to garden tours and historic walks, ... the festival program should be compulsory bedside reading.
There’s a new website as well, but we highly recommend the printed program. It’s illustrated with photos, descriptions and useful visitor information – and so sought after that here in the office we’ve had to start a reserve list for it!
The Conflict & Compassion Heritage Festival officially runs from April 12 to May 26 but because of the number of special events designed for the Centenary celebrations, many of the exhibitions will remain on display all year round.
We’ve put together a selection of shows as recommendations, but on reflection we realise we should just jump on the road ourselves and see it all!
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
SALUTE: Aussie Soldier from 1915 meets Young Turk in 2014
13 March – 2 May 2015
Bega Pioneers’ Museum
The Great War: Tales from the Far South Coast
March 2015 – December 2018
Tumut & District Historical Society Museum
Remembering a Call to Arms
11 April – 24 May 2015
Great Cobar Heritage Centre
From the Far West to the Western Front: Cobar and the Great War
11 April – 31 December 2015
Crawford House Museum
Cheering Up the Troops – World War I Exhibition
28 March – 8 June 2015
NSW Lancers Memorial Museum
With the Light Horse at Pope’s Post, Gallipoli and on to Beersheba and Jerusalem
9-10 & 16-17 May 2015