Jul 09, 2019

New Story on Victorian Collections

Longhurst Bread Factory Panorama

Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute, explores a world of Peters ice cream cones, milk bars, vintage advertising, historic photographs and ephemera through Victorian Collections Stories page. This nostalgia was complemented by contemporary photographs and creative responses exploring Ballarat’s shops and businesses.

Between January and April 2019, the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute hosted the exhibition Talking Shop, exploring a world of Peters ice cream cones, milk bars, vintage advertising, historic photographs and ephemera. This nostalgia was complemented by contemporary photographs and creative responses exploring Ballarat’s shops and businesses. Community events throughout the exhibition invited the people of Ballarat to contribute their images and memories to the BMI collection, and are shared here in this story.

This exhibition was curated by Amy Tsilemanis at the BMI who worked with artists Pauline O'Shannessy-Dowling and Margie Balazic, collector John Kerr and Ballarat businesses, council, and schools to create a 'generative' exhibition where material and collaborations could grow.

>Read the story on Victorian Collections

Image: Longhurst Bread Factory Panorama, This photograph is held in the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute Audio Visual Collection.