Little Lon and Urban Workshop

Client: Melbourne Museum and the Urban Workshop Project Executive Group Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia Completed: 2007
Jenni Klempfner was the exhibition producer responsible for the development of the iconic Melbourne Story exhibition at Melbourne Museum. A central element of the Melbourne Story was the fabrication and fitout of two cottages, which together, represented how inhabitants of the infamous ‘Little Lon’ area of Melbourne may have lived in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The cottages act as an interpretative backdrop allowing visitors to physically experience the scale, fabric, sounds and smells of a vanished part of Melbourne while showcasing objects that came from several archaeological digs of the area and personal stories of the inhabitants. Independent of this Museum Victoria project, Convergence was commissioned by Markus Fahkry of the Urban Workshop Project Executive Group and Multiplex to undertake the detailed design and implementation of heritage displays for the foyer of the Urban Workshop Project. The displays drew on objects recovered from Heritage Victoria’s Little Lonsdale Street archaeological excavation which the building abuts and a sculptural interpretation by artist Rosslynd Piggott. The installation consisted of five individual components flowing through the foyer from Lonsdale Street to Little Lonsdale Street.