Hidden Port project aims to spur interest in Newcastle history
Memories: Loading meat at number 1 Lee Wharf 1960 (Newcastle Herald Collection)
You can never have enough history in Newcastle. Newcastle Regional Libraryhas teamed up with Curious Legends theatre group for the Hidden Port project to engage the community in helping collect new stories and photos aboutthe history ofthe Port of Newcastle.
There are several key facets to the project, including workshops that have been held with various community groups and council staff working with five local primary schools to get students actively collecting history from older adults in the community. The schools participating are Tighes Hill, Mayfield East, Carrington, Islington and Hamilton.
The public is encouraged to send in stories and photos, which will be posted on the project’s website (hiddenport苏州桑拿), which is already active, and populated with works from the Newcastle Council’s extensive photo collection.
Updates and curationof the Hidden Port website will depend on addition funding, according to project collaborator Carol Edmonds from Newcastle Regional Library. Edmonds says there is a possibility of a publication resulting from the new material, again depending on funding.
There are several cash and gift voucher prizes available across three age groups for submitted material.
The project includes a major outdoor street theatre performance in Civic Park coordinated by Curious Legends, which will incorporate the new material.
Mitchell Reese, creative director of Curious Legends, says the project is keen for all kinds of stories and images –“anything that can bring our history to life!”
“Think old photos hidden in your cupboard, family stories yet to see the light of day –even memories of Newcastle from an earlier time is a huge help.
“We’re particularly interested in Newcastle from an Aboriginal perspective –both the Awabakal people, as well as people from mobs further afield that have moved to Newcastle,” Reese says.
The project is also supported by Orica and thePort of Newcastle.
The deadline for submissions to be in the competition to win a prize is March 17. Details at hiddenport苏州桑拿.