A heritage-listed site, the restored Sailmaker’s Shed has been recognised with both a WA Heritage Award and a UNESCO Honourable Mention. Creative Spaces were commissioned to create an interactive museum experience that honoured Charles Bagge. He was a Swedish sailmaker who constructed and then worked in this shed for about 20 years, producing sails for the luggers of the pearling industry.
The new display highlights the shed’s origins and early use as a sail loft and acknowledges its later uses as works depot and Navy Cadet base. We used sound, audio visual and physical representations, as well as a number of interpretive panels and interactive displays to create an engaging experience for visitors. A number of custom-designed pieces of furniture housed both objects and interpretation, all specifically designed to withstand the conditions within the shed.
This project was completed in July 2015.
Commendation, WA Heritage Awards, 2016.