Villages of the Heart: telling rural stories


Sydney Living Museums is a major institutional partner for Orange City Council’s Villages of the Heart: telling rural stories project.

This is a key collaborative project in the Sustainable Collections Project, a partnership between Orange, Cabonne and Blayney Councils and community museums, with funding support from the councils and Arts NSW.

Orange and surrounding districts have a rich food heritage and we are very excited to share the successes of our Eat Your History concept with regional museums to empower and assist rural village communities in Central NSW to tell their own stories. A strong focus of the project is building the capacities of regional museums through the development of volunteers’ skills to offer high quality public programs around food, which will appeal to wide audiences, from both the local community and visitors to the region.

This month Jacqui Newling, SLM’s ‘resident gastronomer’ and Eat Your History curator is conducting a masterclass for museums and interpretation professionals to develop skills, share knowledge and research techniques for food programming and interpretation into the future, in Orange on 24 October 2014.

Jacqui is also hosting History on the Menu, a colonial food and wine event on 25 October, during Orange Wine Week.

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Gastronomy in the Museum: interpretation and programming through food

Friday 24 October 2014, Orange

A masterclass for museums and interpretation professionals

Jacqui Newling, resident gastronomer and assistant interpretation curator from Sydney Living Museums is presenting a Museums’ Masterclass in Orange, New South Wales. In this full day interactive program, designed for museums and interpretation professionals, participants will learn to develop interpretation concepts from their museums’ food-related collections and local community heritage, themes and stories. The masterclass has a strong focus on audience development and advocacy through activating the museum experience through visitor engagement, education and public programming.

About Jacqui:

Jacqui runs SLM’s Colonial gastronomy public programs, a series of workshops, talk-taste-tour experiences, and historical dining events. She co-curated Eat Your History: A Shared Table exhibition at Museum of Sydney (September 2013- March 2014) and is ‘the Cook’ in The Cook and The Curator historic food blog.

Jacqui is working with the Villages of the Heart program with Orange Council and Central NSW Museums in partnership with Sydney Living Museums.

VIM Grants:

Participants are encouraged to submit an application for a Leg Up Grant. Two participants are eligible to attend on the one application. Go to the M&G NSW website Leg Up Grants page for more information.


Bookings are available through or Alison Russell on 02 6393 8170 and are essential.

Cost is $30.00.

More information:

Central NSW Museums

NB - The Australian National Field Days and Wine Week are also held on this date - if you are having trouble with accommodation, please contact Alison.

This project is proudly supported by Arts NSW, Orange Blayney and Cabonne Councils as part of Villages of the Heart: telling rural stories.

HISTORY ON THE MENU: Tastes in food and wine in colonial NSW

Saturday 25th October 5pm -7pm, CWA Hall, Byng Street, Orange 

Join colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling from Sydney Living Museums to discover the food and wine enjoyed in the late 1800s, with tastings inspired by historic menus.

What did we eat when invited out 150 years ago? And how far removed is it from what we might expect on a formal menu now? Sydney Living Museums’ colonial gastronomer, Jacqui Newling takes us through surviving banquet menus from the 1860s, 70s and 80s, which reveal colonial tastes in food and accompanying wines. Some might seem surprisingly familiar, others may spark memories of a not too distant past, or perhaps challenge our ideas of what constitutes good food today. Stephen Doyle from Bloodwood Wines will offer a more contemporary look at local wine styles. The program includes tastings of foods and wines that reflect the colonial era.

This is an Orange Regional Museum fundraising event.  A wine auction will also be held on the evening.


$66.50 from Ticketek

More information:

Alison Russell 
T 02 6393 8170


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