Museum collection for Wireless Hill Museum
The collection consists of objects, photographs and documents that relate to telecommunications and the site itself. These include remnants of the Wireless Hill station, Morse Code equipment, electronics, QSL cards, transmitters and receivers. Some industrial relics such as steel cabling and glass conductor fragments were recently unearthed during an archaeological site dig near the mast base in 2012. A rare set of plate glass negatives found onsite at the Hickey Street Cottages also form part of the collection.
Wireless Hill Museum also houses an extensive collection of domestic radios, some of which were manufactured in Western Australia and are very significant to the state's history.
As part of the greater Wireless Hill revitalisation project, the City of Melville Museums and Local History team have been working through the Wireless Hill Museum Collection, identifying, documenting and de-accessioning objects over the past 18 months. The museum collection previously underwent comprehensive Significance Assessment in 2011, which led to the commencement of de-accessioning process to accommodate the installation of the Wireless Hill Centenary Exhibition.
Based on the recommendations outlined in the Assessment, the Wireless Hill Project Curator commenced an audit of the collection, which involved the updating of the current inventory. Auditing involves the identification and categorization of objects based on their significance to the museum, interpretation potential, overall condition and ongoing conservation implications. Working with the Significance Assessment as a guideline, objects thus far have been assessed as to whether they are retained, deaccessioned, or in extreme cases of extensive damage, disposed of.
Relocation, removal (deaccession) or disposal of all items have been documented and recorded in the Museums & Local History Services database. To date, over 700 objects have been indentified. Of this, over 300 have been repatriated to other museums, or returned to the original donor (owner).
A further 350 were earmarked for auction, in accordance with the Burra Charter National Standards for Australian Museums. The auction took place at Donelly Auctions in Mount Lawley on 23 February 2014.
Stage 3 of the project will also involve the refurbishment of the museum in line with the recommendations from the Wireless Hill Interpretation Plan. The concept brought about through community consultation as part of the Visioning, saw a future space having changing exhibitions, increased flexibility and open to the public.
For more information, please review the supporting documents Wireless Hill Interpretation Plan 2011, Wireless Hill Significance Assessment 2012 and De-accessioning Guidelines for the Wireless Hill Telecommunications Museum, located on the right hand sidebar.