The Queensland Government recently announced funding for the refurbishment of Newstead House. During this exciting time we will be CLOSED.
Connecting Threads shines a light on the community treasures amassed over the past fifty years. After more than 18 months of research and discovery this exhibition will explore the fashion and textile collection at Brisbane’s oldest surviving European residence using materials of the collection to trace connections between the objects and stories of fashion, material and domesticity.
What makes this so exciting is the discovery of a number of significant fashion garments dating back to the 18th century. “The
project was exciting and engrossing. Uncovering stories about fashion and people’s lives in the past is a passion of mine, so the
chance to get to grips with this fascinating but underused collection has been a real treat. Looking back over the project, and all the
hours spent digging in boxes, dusty cupboards, and the nooks and crannies of Newstead House, I am really happy that all those
objects and stories can now be shared with the public. The last place one expects to find a collection of eighteenth and early
nineteenth century clothing is a small historic house museum in Brisbane.” said Researcher and Exhibition Curator Catriona Fisk
“Connecting Threads is part of an ongoing revitalisation process at Newstead House that aims at reimagining the concept of our living museum through innovative programming and community engagement. Newstead House is the jewel in the crown of historic properties in South East Queensland and I believe visitors will be amazed at the significance of some of the items on display as part of this exhibition.” said Jennifer Garcia Manager Arts, Culture & Education.