Heritage Festival to make a big bang this weekend


Released 11/04/2019

This weekend, get ready to don your Jane Austen bonnets, explore Canberra by electric bike or sticky beak through some of Canberra’s most historic and interesting buildings – The Canberra and Region Heritage Festival is back!

Member for Murrumbidgee Bec Cody, representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage Mick Gentleman, said this year’s Festival was exploring the theme ‘S P A C E’, including our region’s space history, indigenous heritage and the vast spaces of our bush capital.

Friday events:

  • Read stories about the moon landing from a local perspective. Do you remember where you were when Apollo 11 landed on the moon? You’re also invited to share your recollection to celebrate the 50th anniversary.
  • Explore the technology and stories related to space exploration. Find out how the enormous radio telescope near Hoskinstown has contributed to our understanding of space?
  • Dance, sew, make bonnets and dress up for evening balls at the Jane Austen Festival. The Festival celebrates our place in history during the lifetime of Jane Austen.

Saturday events:

  • Learn about the Soldier Settlers of Tuggeranong. A special photographic exhibition tells the story of eight men and their families as they experienced years that were to test the strongest of spirits and culminate in the Depression.
  • Discover the heritage of Canberra by electric bike. See the photographs and read the stories that bring to life the transformation of the Molonglo valley into a modern capital.
  • Open Day at Gungahlin Homestead. Did you know there is an 1865 late-Georgian residence in Crace? Enjoy a full range of activities, displays and tours of the homestead.

Sunday events:

  • Feast on Batlow Sticky Apply English Pancakes. Capital Pancakes are offering slightly modernised recipe from c1891 featuring caramelised apples rolled in a traditional English pancake.
  • Explore one of Canberra’s earliest public school houses at Tuggeranong Schoolhouse Museum. See what a classroom in the 1880s looked like including the slate and pen ink experience.
  • Comedian and design nerd Tim Ross presents Design Nation Live. Tim explores the stories behind the invisible icons of Australian design and how they’ve helped shape our identity.

Celebrate your journey and experiences during this year’s festival by sharing your favourite moments in the Heritage Festival photo competition. You’ll even go in the draw to win great prizes.

Bookings are essential for many events. To find out more, visit www.act.gov.au/heritagefestival

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