John Barnes partners with Eskbank House and Museum to create the Lithgow’s Stories Exhibition

Lithgow historian and artist John Barnes, renowned for his drawings of buildings in the Lithgow area, is set to create an exhibition that tells the stories of Lithgow. John is partnering up his architectural drawings with objects from the Eskbank House and Museum Collection in an intriguing and hands on manner.

On show until the end of January 2016, this exhibition will have audiences engaged in the tales that have fascinated locals for more than a century.

With each drawing, John Barnes collects the stories of the people surrounding each place. From the Barton Park Murders to Sir Joseph Cook in the Vale of Clwydd Mine, John’s images divulge some of Lithgow’s most gruesome and uplifting stories.

For this exhibition the team at Eskbank House have sought out objects from the collection that have connections to the places depicted. Visitors can feel the side saddle of Lue Loveday Barton, murdered at Barton Park, view an original photographic portrait of Sir Joseph Cook, sit at the desk of the Lithgow Valley Colliery Manager or walk along a Hoskins Steelworks rail track. Combining the tales, drawings and objects for these buildings brings to life the stories of Lithgow.

Lithgow Stories runs from Wednesday 16 December 2015 to Sunday 31 January 2016 in the Courtyard Gallery of Eskbank House and Museum. Eskbank House is open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00pm, but will be closed for Christmas from 25 December 2015 to 1 January 2016 inclusive.
Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area is part of Council’s Caring for our Community strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Wendy Hawkes

Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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