Heritage centre celebrates first birthday with your favourite things

Find out how to get involved in Marion Heritage Research Centre's birthday celebrations.

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This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.

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Marion Heritage Research Centre will be transformed into a living museum in celebration of its first birthday in May.

The centre is throwing open its doors and asking the community to bring in heirlooms and historical artefacts and share stories about them under the banner These are a Few of my Favourite Things.

Centre coordinator Danielle Trewartha said the event, which is featured as part of South Australia’s About Time History Month on Sunday 18 and Monday 19 of May, was an opportunity for the community to breathe life into stories of how we used to live.

“Compelling stories can be told through simple items whether they are old photographs, documents, jewellery, poems or knick knacks,” Ms Trewartha said.

City Limits April 2014 - Heritage Centre“We’re inviting people to bring things that mean something to them, whether it’s about family, an historical event or a favourite tradition, and share a story in a relaxed environment.

These are a Few of my Favourite Things will be an interactive, enjoyable and ‘hands on’ history experience.”

Historical photographs can also be uploaded to the web-based City of Marion time capsule, the M Files page.  

Marion Heritage Research Centre opened on 2 May last year as a hub for community research, local history and cultural heritage.

It provides direct online access to historical documents and images and websites, including free access to ancestry.com for people tracing family history. 

The centre houses historical photographs and books and recently installed display cases for special exhibits.

Eighty-three-year-old Helen Scarbrough has a host of heirlooms which she recently brought to the centre.

“My family’s history can be traced through commemorative glasses from the Adelaide Exhibition of 1905 and crockery that has been in the family since they came out from England in 1858 on the same boat as Thomas O’Halloran,” Helen said.

“Along with my grandmother’s jewellery, family gardening tools from the late 1800s and some amazing photographs, they remind me of my heritage.

“My mother gave me a passion for history which led me to publish a book in 1985 about my great grandparents and their family– it was very exciting bringing the story to life through old photographs, letters and newspaper cuttings.”

Since opening, the Marion Heritage Research Centre’s staff and volunteers have helped schools and families undertake a range of research projects, while one community member has developed a local history tour based on information gathered at the centre.

This year’s program includes sessions for schools about Marion life in 1914, a presentation in recognition of ANZAC Day and events as part of Family History Month in August.

To get involved in These are a Few of my Favourite Things, call Marion Heritage Research Centre on 7420 6455.

The centre is next to the City of Marion Administration Building, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt and is open Monday to Wednesday.

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