Secret People, Secret Places
Artworks for sale at ‘studio door’ prices!
- Talk to creative folk and find out what inspires them.
- Look for the blue and orange flags outside venues.
- Check opening hours. They do vary.
Are you naturally curious and enjoy something different?
Then you will love this event. It provides you with the opportunity to explore the region and learn something new. Why not take the road less travelled, and discover creative, passionate folk who are willing to share their interests. We guarantee you will be inspired!
9am – 5pm Sat, Sun, Mon.
St Helens History Room – 61 Cecilia St, St Helens
Did you know that St Helens History Room has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence by Trip Advisor and listed in Lonely Planet’s Guide to Australia in 2018?
Sometimes the biggest treasure is right under your nose! This latest exhibition, The Changing Face of St Helens, specially curated to coincide with the Arts Festival, features pieces of contemporary artwork as well as historic items from the History Room’s collections which tell the story of a bygone era. Inspired by the rapid pace of change, this exhibition takes us back in time. It is thought-provoking and topical as it explores our heritage and looks to our future.
Enjoy the Heritage Walk around St Helens guided by Kym (the History Room’s curator) or Garry (published author and local historian) where they will expand on historic photographic information situated around the town. When the present day facade is compared with the historic images – seeing is believing! Visualise the wonderful avenue in the 1930s (now Cecilia Street) or take a rest on the benches where you can admire the wrought iron balustrades which were a feature of the Golden Fleece bridge in St Helens from 1881. Find out why there is a dragon pointing in the direction of the Information Centre.
Exclusive Offer! This Weekend Only!
Free Heritage Walk (20 minutes)
Included in the entry ticket price is the St Helens Heritage Walk. These guided tours leave St Helens History Room at 11am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Bonus: Discover The Backroom, the engine room of our local museum and powerhouse that is our own secret place.
- Free Family Tree Research Advice 1-3pm Sat ONLY
Volunteer genealogists will be available to advise how to get started researching your family tree or to assist with information about your own ancestor who settled in the St Helens area.
- Photography Archives
Is photography your thing? Immerse yourself in an incredible photographic archive where change can be witnessed first hand. Access digital files with the help or our archivists.
Entry Fee: Family/Couple $5, Concession $3, Under 16 free.
Parking: Visitor Centre Car Park (except Saturday mornings if market is held).