The Living Museum

Our centre is a Living Museum, with elements from the past being put to use in the present.

The Living Museum is an ongoing project which explores the history of this dynamic and culturally diverse site. Home to the Gadigal people for over 40,000 years, this land was used as a market garden in 1852; an Army Depot in 1913; and became a community centre at the birth of multiculturalism in 1976.

Today ARCCO continues to be a hub for arts, culture, and social environmental justice. Elements of the museum include the gathering of interviews, photos and artefacts to build a picture of the history of our site; community events that reveal various eras of our history, such as 50 Years of Radical Activism or Tails from the Past; and lasting installations such as the Heritage Trail.

One way to engage with the Living Museum is to walk the Heritage Trail, which traces the original creek line through the site’s incarnations.

The Living Museum is a a fascinating and flexible resource for the schools of the Inner West and beyond. Teachers can lead their own groups, or book a guided tour or special activities.

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Pop-up museum on 18th April… !

As part of its participation in the 2018 National Trust Heritage Festival, the Addison Road Community Centre is creating a pop-up museum! The Addison Road Community Centre is known for its vibrant weekend markets but it has an even richer history. Just under the asphalt is the parade ground where service personnel camped and horses […]