And now you’ve made it to Silverton. Well done. Gorgeous little town.
One treasure is a stunning little museum run by Broken Hill Historical Society (BHHSoc): the Silverton School Educational Museum.
Grab your opportunity to visit because until end of next week it’s open only this weekend on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April from 9am to 4pm.
It’s a Silverton treasure.
Its story is remarkable.
A school was opened in Silverton, then a thriving mining town in its own right … in a tent. And the headmaster lived in a tent at first, too. In 1885 the Education Department built a wood and iron school and a residence for the headmaster. In 1988 the gorgeous stone building we find now was built.
The Silverton School closed as a school in 1970. BHHSoc took over the Trust in 1977, and for a time leased it. In 2008 a Society subcommittee of very determined and committed people who grew up in Silverton began developing what is now the Silverton School Educational Museum. The museum was formally opened in 2009.
This delightful museum is very very deceptive. It’s just one room, we think. Will just pop in and have a sticky. More visitors than we can count have stayed for three hours plus, especially if they have a background in education, or are older, like me. The collection is extraordinary, and triggers so many memories.
It’s my favourite of our museums, because I spent between the ages of 6 and 10 (yes, am older) at a country one room one teacher school just … like … this. Shhh. Please don’t tell the Society (it’s like never telling that you have a favourite child!).
Learn much more about the Silverton School Educational Museum here: