Museum reopens in full flight

Mary-Jane Walker with her Spotted Harrier. (Rebecca Hosking) 210217_01

By Luke Voogt

“Future” fashions and “vegan taxidermy” will feature in the reopening of the National Wool Museum tomorrow, following a several-month hiatus due to COVID-19.

Senior curator Doctor Luke Keough was thrilled to announce the reopening, for 20 visitors at a time, along with new exhibit Designs for the Future.

The exhibit features “sustainable and ethical” clothing from 21 Australian and international designers, including eight from Geelong and regional Victoria.

Over-consumption of clothing caused a range of environmental and ethical problems, Luke explained.

He said Australians on average threw out 28kg of clothing a year, second behind the US.

“You walk into the museum and there’s a big pile of discarded clothing [from Geelong bins] symbolic of that.”

The reopening also features Doctor Mary-Jane Walker’s life-sized, life-like models of Geelong’s endangered birds in Now You See Us.

Her exhibit features the spotted harrier, which, with a wingspan of about 1.5 metres, provides the perfect social distancing guide for patrons.

Read Mary-Jane’s story in this week’s Friday Feature.

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