Events & Exhibitions

Our Museum is a busy place with Exhibitions from our collection, book launches and our annual Airing of the Quilts, plus collaborations with other groups such as Embroiderers.

20 March – 17 June:  Gowns, Veils, Vows and Ties – the rituals that bind Wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ outfits from our own collection, as well as loans from our local community, feature in this inspiring exhibition. The photos below provide a glimpse of the vintage, the rare, the handmade and the shop-sourced items that are on display.  Open Fridays 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and Sundays 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm.

A Curator at the Wedding

Crawford House Museum is hosting a special “behind the scenes event” to reveal how customs, the period, availability of new materials and even the determination of the bride have influenced the design of wedding dresses in its current exhibition.

Exhibition Curator, fashion guru Lois Hennes, will guide visitors through the gowns. This will be followed by light refreshments.

Bookings are essential as places are limited. The first session is on Thursday 19th May 9.30am – 11.30am and the second is on Sunday 22nd May 3.30 – 5.30 pm. Crawford House Museum, 10 Wardell Road, Alstonville. To book phone 6628 1829 or email before 16th May.  Cost $15 per person.


IMG_3675Joyce Houselander presented with a certificate as Volunteer of the Month by President, Ina Le Bas.  Joyce has done much sewing for the Wedding Display.  Come on to the verandah and see the lovely gifts she has made as well as the cream and white coat hangers the wedding dresses are displayed on.


1, 2 and 3 July  – The Airing of the Quilts – An Annual Event

IMG_3793 cropped (1)Beautiful quilts for display and sale by quilters from all over the Northern Rivers area.  You can vote for your favourite!

Open from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm – entry is $7 and includes refreshments.  The lovely quilt pictured here will be raffled and the winning ticket drawn at the Alstonville Show on Saturday 29th October.

The Richmond Valley Woodworkers will be here too with displays, demonstrations and items for sale.

Fashion Project Sessions  Each Friday afternoon the Museum’s side verandah is abuzz with activity under the guidance of experienced fashion industry style coach and pattern engineer Lois Hennes.  Bring your own fashion project to life for a $10 per hour donation to the Museum.  Please book with Lois on 0439 423 185.

In between Exhibitions the Museum has Open House featuring items from our collection reflecting family life from the turn of the century to the 1960s.

Past Events

Platypus Pioneer Progress Exhibition  This unique exhibition was held from the 7th September to 4th November 2012.  It told the story of the members of the Charles Bulwinkel family and had at its heart the return anBullwinkel 1d display of an extremely rare platypus skin rugP1010299 to the place where the platypus had been caught.  Over 80 platypus skins from Maguires and Duck Creeks in Alstonville were made by members of the family into a double bed sized rug.  The rug was eventually acquired by the Powerhouse Museum in 2003 and loaned to the Society especially for this exhibition.