Mary’s Garden – a heritage garden project

Mary’s Garden – a heritage garden project

Eskbank House Museum is looking to bring together a small group of gardening and history enthusiasts to participate in a project to develop and nurture a heritage garden.

Mary’s Garden is an imagined garden based on historic photographs, 19thc gardening practices, and the plant species known to be available in Australia during Mary Brown’s time at Eskbank House. It incorporates elements common in Australian and Scottish approaches to gardening during the mid-19th century.

 The project will involve gardening workshops, field trips, talks and hands on gardening. The group will meet regularly for working-bees to establish the garden and for seasonal planting, and the garden will also be made accessible to participants 5 days a week so they can spend as much time pottering as they wish.  Gardening workshops and working-bees, including establishing an edible garden and working with environmental challenges and risk, will be led by Jessica Lawn from Arborvitae. As a horticulturist and arborist experienced with heritage gardens throughout the Blue Mountains region, Jessica has cared for many gardens at risk and nurtured their recovery following periods of drought and fires.

The heritage garden project will create a new aspect to the museums role in providing the community access to local history as well as providing a unique educational resource to diversify the museums audiences. Participants in the project may also wish to contribute to a planned publication on the medicinal and everyday use of plants in the Victorian kitchen garden.

Registration closes Wednesday 12th May. The first group meeting is scheduled for w/c 17th May with specific dates reflecting participants availability. We are particularly interested in engaging fire affected or at risk residents.

This project is funded under the Bushfire Community Resilience and Recovery Fund

For further information or to register your interest please contact Summar Hipworth, Cultural Development Officer, 6354 9999 or summar.hipworth@lithgow.nsw.gov.au

OPERAworks presents Will Amer

OPERAworks presents Will Amer

Sunday 1st March 2020, 2pm

OPERAworks proudly presents Will AMER, Lyric Tenor

William continues his exploration of the classic songs and arias that tenors sing, featuring the work of Irish tenor JOHN McCORMACK

Admission $20pp, pay at door. Concessions for groups of 10 or more.

Bookings a must, limited seating. For bookings or enquiries 0421 871 348 or info@willamer.com.au. Bookings close Thursday 20th February 2020

Performances start on time. Duration 1.5 hours.

Drawing Classes with Prue Mogg

Drawing Classes with Prue Mogg

Explore the historic grounds of Eskbank House Museum like a 19th century naturalist. Observe the trees, bushes, flowers and grasses. Look closely and enjoy the fine detail in the natural world. Draw these shapes and patterns to create a larger artwork or a series of cards.

Local artist and experienced teacher Prue Mogg will guide us through seeing and making in this relaxed, extended class. This fun drawing workshop is for everybody. Come and join us, no matter your skill level or age group. All materials are provided.

Our summer program The Drawing Room invites you to experience Eskbank House Museum differently. Use mirrors and lenses to look at and draw the world. Draw for hours on our paper-covered walls or enjoy some insect colouring in. These fun and calming activities are great for a hot day.

Thomas Brown, the original owner of Eskbank House was an entrepreneur as well as an amateur scientist and collector. Eskbank House held his amazing private museum. We celebrate and continue his legacy by bringing a little science and exploration back to Eskbank House Museum this summer with The Drawing Room.

Take advantage of these self-guided drawing activities and our facilities after your workshop. Enjoy our permanent exhibitions as well as complimentary tea, coffee and chilled water. There are chairs and tables in the shade for you to relax and picnic. Favourites like Possum are still here for all ages play. Our grounds are fully fenced and safe for little ones.

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The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

The community is welcome to the Eskbank House Museum summer program where it is cool in the house and there are chairs and tables under the shady trees for you to picnic, rest and enjoy.  Complimentary tea, coffee and chilled water are available all day.  Our grounds are fully fenced and safe for little ones.  Favourites like Possum the engine are still here for all ages play. 

Our summer program is great for the whole family.  Draw with family or friends or rest and read on indoor seating with views of our gardens. The Drawing Room is designed to invite intergenerational drawing and exploration of science and art.  Use mirrors and lenses to look at and draw the world differently.  Draw for hours on our paper-covered walls or enjoy some insect colouring in.  These fun and calming activities are great for a hot day.  Everybody is welcome at The Drawing Room.  

Thomas Brown, the original owner of Eskbank House was an entrepreneur as well as an amateur scientist and collector.  He is thought to have created one of the first museums in the region at Eskbank House.  

Mr. Brown has formed a fine museum at Eskbank, which though chiefly supplied with the geological wealth of New South Wales, contains many other objects of interest to the learned and refined – to the botanist, the anatomist, and the antiquary…

 A Police Magistrate’s Museum in the Australian Mountains Empire Jun 16 1865 

Brown had an incredible private collection which included fossils, live snakes, silk worms, Roman coins and Aboriginal and Pacific Islander artefacts.  We celebrate and continue his legacy by bringing a little science and exploration back to Eskbank House Museum this summer with The Drawing Room.

 The Drawing Room

22 December 2018 – 3 March 2019

All ages.  Everyone is welcome.