The Museum of Rural Life at Lake Glenbawn in the Upper Hunter Shire LGA is a strange phenomenon. Purpose built and opened in 1966, it closed 20 years later. Since then it has remained closed with the original collection inside. Over the years, many attempts have been made to rescue the collection but to no avail, much to the disappointment of local historical societies and families who donated items (including vehicles) to the museum. The first step in addressing the collection is a professional significance assessment which can hopefully leverage funds to address rescuing the collection.
Through the Restart funding from the NSW Government, Arts Upper Hunter engaged Roslyn Russell Museum Services to conduct a Significant Assessment on the collection at the museum in May 2021.
Image: taken at the Scone Museum by Anna Rankmore.