Home Front, War Front Exhibition

ADDRESS: Wireless Hill Museum, Telefunken Drive, Ardross, WA

PROJECT:  In 1912 the Federal Government built one of Australia’s first telecommunication stations at Wireless Hill. Using Morse code the station communicated with ships off the Australian coast using a mast 112 meters tall. The site played an important role in both World Wars, relaying messages from ship to shore, and monitored signals worldwide. In 1968 the station was vacated; the land was bought by the City of Melville and is now a public reserve and Museum.

To coincide with International Museums Day, the Museum opened it’s latest exhibition titled ‘Home Front, War Front’ in May 2015. The exhibition examines how the City of Melville lived through World War I and World War II.

Utilising colours from the WWII period, Creative Spaces designed the temporary exhibition around three ‘hubs’ with the themes of Community, Domestic and War Front. Block colours were used in each area, both on the floors and walls, while mobile-style graphics introduced movement into the space. An audio visual presentation was also commissioned for the exhibition, using the Museum’s collection of images and oral histories.

“It has been my pleasure to work with the Creative Spaces team again on a second exhibition in 3 years at Wireless Hill Museum in the City of Melville. The exhibition Home Front/War Front; Melville’s War Stories, touches on the significant role that Wireless Hill played in both World Wars, when under control of the Australian Navy. The exhibition also looks at the lives of ordinary people in our community of Melville, and how their lives were touched by the war experience, on the front line and at home.

The past 12 months have been spent working in close collaboration with Creative Spaces to achieve an exhibition design that was sympathetic to the building’s unique heritage, in addition to providing a lively, colourful and engaging backdrop to an important war story.

One of the most engaging components of the exhibition is 5 minute audio loop which highlights sounds bites from Melville’s oral history collection, set against the backdrop in animated images from our extensive photographic archive. The exhibition layout consists of 3 distinct story pods which capture the essence of the war experience in Melville.

Working with Creative Spaces has again been a wonderfully creative and productive experience. The staff are a dynamic and very talented team and they achieved top results whilst working to strict deadlines in difficult conditions, as the building was undergoing extensive refurbishment at the same time. Additional small side projects cropped up in the final weeks of the project and the team were able to assist on every occasion by providing design support/production at very short notice.  Exhibition installation was completed 2 days ahead of time with a minimum of fuss, taking a lot of stress out of the final week of the project for my staff.

I wish the Creative Spaces team well in future projects and look forward to see what magic they will come up with next!”

Gina Capes
Museums Curator, Museums & Local History


CLIENT: City of Melville