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World Heritage, World Futures
Image: Western Forecourt Archaeological Dig Site During Excavation, Melbourne, November 2009
Source: Museum Victoria
World Heritage, World Futures was a three phase sustainable conservation project undertaken by Museum Victoria between 2009 and 2011. The project's aim was to reinstate the 1880 garden layout of the western forecourt of the Royal Exhibition Building, in accordance with the Heritage Victoria Conservation Management Plan. The project began with an archaeological investigation in late 2009, the installation of an underground water tank in mid 2010, and the restoration of the garden in late 2010. The project was completed by February 2011.
The Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens were world heritage listed in 2004 as extant survivors of a Palace of Industry and its setting. The western forecourt, which has been an asphalt car park since the 1950s, was an integral part of the 'palace garden' designed by Joseph Reed and William Sangster for the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-1881. The western forecourt featured an annular carriageway around a circular garden, in the centre of which was a raised platform, possibly for a kiosk. The garden formed part of the exhibition space allocated to Germany at the Melbourne International Exhibition, and is consequently known as the 'German Garden'.
The archaeological investigation was undertaken by Godden Mackay Logan and La Trobe University and provided significant findings that informed the design of the new garden. Evidence was found of changes to the site over time, including serpentine paths from the pre-1879 layout; a platform in the centre of the gardem, possible for a kiosk, from the 1880 circular garden; the temporary armament court from the 1888 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition; and a plinth and other features from the garden post-1889. An array of artefacts were recovered from the excavation and delivered to Museum Victoria for analysis.
The second phase of World Heritage, World Futures involved the installation of an underground water storage tank with a capacity of 1,350,000 litres. Consistent with modern sustainability management practices, water is harvested from the roof of the Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding areas and used as a source for the heritage fountains, lakes and irrigation of the Carlton Gardens. The final phase of the project saw the western forecourt restored to its grand palace garden layout, based on the design of the 1880 garden by Reed and Sangster.
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One white glazed earthenware base fragment of a plate. Has a maker's mark on base (J & M P Bell of Glasgow). Dates to between circa 1881 and 1928. May have had a sparse transfer printe ...Images: 2
Two conjoining fragments of clay pipe stem. Stem is undecorated but has 'Davidson' & 'Glasgow' impressed. Manufactured by Thomas Davidson of Glasgow between circa 1861 and circa 1891. ...Images: 3
Two conjoining fragments of plain, undecorated and un-marked clay pipe stem.Images: 2
Six partially refitting thick, white-glazed earthenware fragments of a large circular or oval item, probably a platter. The edge has a moulded scroll design that is typical of 'White Gr ...Images: 1
Six conjoining fragments of earthenware plate rim. Pattern is blue transfer-printed 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
Three conjoining pieces of earthenware plate base. Transfer print is dark blue/grey 'Rhine', probably manufactured in the latter part of the 19th century.Images: 1
One piece of earthenware base, probably a plate. Transfer print is blue 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian times.Images: 1
One piece of a white-glazed earthenware plate rim with unidentified moulded design that is typical of 'White Granite'. Appears to be high-fired earthenware. Manufactured between the 18 ...Images: 1
One fragment of earthenware base, probably from a plate. Pattern is dark blue transfer-printed 'Asiatic Pheasants', popular in the second half of the 19th century and into Edwardian tim ...Images: 1
Two earthenware fragments from two separate items, probably a plate. Pattern is blue transfer print 'Willow'. Manufacturing date range is circa 1805 to circa 1900.Images: 1