Brisbane Mercy Heritage Centre: stage one open
Stage one of the redeveloped and expanded Mercy Heritage Centre in Brisbane was recently opened on the ground floor of All Hallows’ Convent. The main aim of the Centre, reports Peter Connell, the Director, is to continue the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy through educational programmes and exhibitions.
Due to the logistics of small spaces within the Convent, a number of separate ‘openings’ and collaborative functions have been run with great success. Already, over 800 people have visited the new exhibitions. It has been wonderful to share our story with so many visitors, and we look forward to many more in the weeks, months, and years to come.
Making up the ground floor exhibitions are: Introduction, Entry Hallway; Catherine McAuley Exhibition, Green Parlour; All Hallows’ School and Site History, Breakfast Parlour; Bishop’s Parlour; Saints and Relics Exhibition, Instruction Room; and the Chapel List.
The exhibitions explore various historical themes but are linked by consistency in format and style. Most areas have a room history panel outlining the changing use of that specific space over time and we’ve tried to use original furniture and objects in their traditional locations.
We’ve also included the words of sisters in the text and used newspaper accounts and correspondence to tell stories in the language of the day.
The main aim of the Mercy Heritage Centre has always been to continue the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy through educational programmes and exhibitions.
We are celebrating our 150 years in 2011 and the Mercy Heritage Centre redevelopment is a major “Living Mercy” project.
We anticipate all three stages and 26 exhibitions will be complete by May 2011.
From: Peter Connell, Director of the Mercy Heritage Centre, Brisbane