One of the current projects at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is the conservation and display of the Signature Quilt. The Signature Quilt is a centrepiece of the museum’s collection, a “patchwork of empowerment” containing the signatures of 343 Australian women who have been first in a variety of fields within Australia, their State or Territory or their community.
This unique object is very popular with visitors and has been on display continuously since 2003. We are committed to continuing to make it accessible to the public but in a way that properly conserves the Quilt. Through very generous efforts of individuals and local organisations, we have raised our own funds for the Quilt project, which have been supplemented by a successful Heritage grant from the Northern Territory Government. Conservator Carolyn McLennan visited us in October and has since provided us with a condition report that has formed the basis of our ongoing discussions as to how to best care for the Quilt, and make it accessible to our visitors. We are now ready to start work on the fit-out of the new display for the Quilt.
‘The fantastic photographic exhibition “Unfinished Lines” at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame in Alice Springs in Australia has been extended until November. The aim of the project “Unfinished Lines” was to demonstrate the beauty and wisdom encapsulated in the process of ageing, and the continuing living journey for all seniors.
The HerStory Archive at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is a comprehensive collection of stories and photographs.
It shows mainly pioneering women in the traditional sense or those who are first in their field. Apart from preserving many often previously untold stories, the archive is useful for future researchers, as well as inspiration for future exhibitions at National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame headquarters in Alice Springs and online. The information comes from many avenues: from the staff and volunteer research and from information supplied by visitors, authors, scholars and friends and family of the pioneer women. In the current upgrade of the archive, the staff is working towards updating basic information, attaching photos and providing additional information on each of the women in the Archive. There will also be sound and audio-visual material for a small selection of the women. As part of the upgrade, the online Archive will be more user-friendly and easier to search. The upgraded Archive will be available for visitors to browse at the museum or on the webpage.