Ground-breaking display for Hydro centenary

Hydro Tasmania's centenary program manager Lara van den Berg and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery exhibition manager Andrew Johnson listen to the sounds of wind turbines at the 100 Years of Hydro pop-up exhibition.

Hydro Tasmania's centenary program manager Lara van den Berg and Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery exhibition manager Andrew Johnson listen to the sounds of wind turbines at the 100 Years of Hydro pop-up exhibition.

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WHAT: 100 Years of Hydro.

WHERE: Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk.

WHEN: From today until Sunday, October 5.

A century of history will be on display from today at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk, as Hydro Tasmania celebrates its significant the milestone with a pop-up exhibition.

The majority of the 100 Years of Hydro exhibition will take place in a custom-built shipping container on the front lawn of the museum and will be the first time that the QVMAG has hosted an exhibition of the pop-up variety.

''A lot of the history in the exhibition  focuses on people and their stories,'' Hydro Tasmania's centenary program manager Lara van den Berg said.

''The early stories are from post-war migration, stories of people who came to the state to work on the hydro electric scheme.

''There are stories of people and their families that worked in the hydro electric villages, stories of hardship and stories of community and the culture that was borne by being enriched by the different people that came to the state, as well as the stories of Tasmanians who made a major contribution.''

Artifacts, including giant spanners that were designed and built in Tasmania that enabled operation of Hydro's equipment, photography and audio/visual elements make up the exhibition.

Exhibition manager Andrew Johnson said the exhibition would utilise an area at the front of the museum, which wasn't used enough.

''It is a great design that will attract people to the museum,'' he said.

''This exhibition is fantastic, as it tells stories and is all about the community and that's what the Queen Victoria Mueseum and Art Gallery is all about.''

The exhibition will  run until Sunday, October 5, when it moved to Queenstown for the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival.

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