Exhibition of unidentified faces

The Burnie Regional Museum will officially launch a new temporary exhibition tomorrow (Friday, 9 May 2014) at 1pm titled Unidentified.

This exhibition will showcase a selection of unidentified portraits from the Burnie Regional Museum’s photograph collection, from a few very early daguerreotypes dating from the 1850’s to later photographs taken by Winter’s Studio in the twentieth century.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “Under ordinary circumstances, the vast majority of these images would never be displayed because the identity of their subjects is unknown. By displaying these images, we are hoping that members of the community will be able to assist us with the identification of some of these people.

“Identifying these faces will help to make our records more complete and our collections more meaningful.”

To celebrate the new exhibition the Museum will be open on Saturday 10, 17, 24 and 31 May from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. It is free to view the Unidentified exhibition.

Museum Curator Georgia Luck said, “We have certainly enjoyed the process of choosing images to include in the exhibition. It is interesting to see the changing fashions in clothes and hairstyles, and to empathise with some of the subjects.

“Expect to see happy babies, crabby children, serene ladies, larrikins and pompous gentlemen. A positive identification opens up the possibility of further research about these people. Many, no doubt, led very interesting lives. Really, anyone who enters the exhibition is acting as an investigator of sorts.”

To complement this exhibition, we are holding a Lunchtime Talk presented by Jon Addison, Curator of History at the QVMAG on Wednesday 28 May at 1pm. The talk will be an opportunity for members of the public who might have some mysterious family photographs in their collection to learn ways to date them, which then opens the door to being able to identify the subject. Visit www.burnieregionalmuseum.net or phone 64305 746 for further information.