Augmented with the Bishop's family toys from Mill Cottage Museum's own collection, History SA's travelling exhibition offers a glimpse into the lives of children living in South Australia over successive generations, in both the happy and more challenging times.
While many childhood experiences are shared across Australia, specifically South Australian childhood stories have been highlighted relating to places, people, things or events. Who remembers holidays at Glenelg, watching John Martin’s Christmas Pageant, celebrating Wattle Day or National Flower Day, singing ‘Song of Australia’ at school; or eating AMSCOL icecream?
Photographs are from the collections of five South Australian community history groups: City of Holdfast Bay Local History Centre, Embroiderers’ Guild Museum of South Australia, Gawler National Trust Museum, Mallala Museum and the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society, and incorporating images from the South Australian Government Photographic Collection.
Made up of 5 double sided pull up banners, throughout the display there are QR codes that when scanned using the appropriate mobile device will link the user with additional online images
There are also memory prompts within the exhibition text designed to assist the viewer to recall their own childhood and initiate conversation. Visitors can record comments and their own childhood memories in an accompanying book, and/or people can post comments or memories online. There are additional images shown as a continuous slide show on digital photo frames.