The Betty Brown Historical Centre is a celebration of the contribution of women to the development of rural communities, and in particular the Shire of West Arthur. Creative Spaces were engaged during the initial assessment of the Betty Brown historical collection and collaborated with the Shire of West Arthur to develop themes, floorplans and graphics for the space.
Thematic areas are anchored by a dynamic display of interpretation, striking silhouettes and historical objects. Displays and central walls are fitted with hidden castors to allow maximum flexibility within the space. Where possible, exhibition furniture included integrated storage to provide much needed space for the expanding collection.
The palette for the centre drew inspiration from the rural environment, soft hues reflect the skies and fields during different seasons, whilst the neutral materials complemented the heritage building. The subtle inclusion of lace patterns provides a feminine touch and honours the late Betty Brown, the inspiration and generous benefactor of the Historical Centre.
The centre was unveiled on International Women’s Day 2020.
Winner, MAGNA Awards (Museums And Galleries National Awards), 2020.