Footscray wharves and environs, 1882.



Visitor Centre
Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue,
Maribyrnong. Melway Map 28 B10

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history projects

Since 1984 the work of the Living Museum has focussed on involving different communities in a number of projects that research different aspects of culture and heritage in the western region. Some of these projects have been initiated by museum staff others have been initiated to individuals or groups in the community or have resulted from community enquiries.

The Museum's research and resources cover most topics to do with history, heritage and natural heritage in the western suburbs from pre-European times until the present day. Many of these topics and themes are relevant to state, national and international issues.

The titles of forthcoming pages including current and past Museum's projects
and Annual Reports can be found on the right hand column of this page. These pages are being developed and published as this web site expands. The idea is to disseminate more of this material via the internet as funding becomes available.

Some of the Museum's past projects include web pages designed by artists and work experience students during their residencies and placements at the Living Museum. These web publications will be published in the original formats as designed by the artists, students and others.

The 'footscray wharves and environs' is the first LMW project page published on May 18, 2017. This project has been funded by the Public Records Office of Victoria and the City of Maribyrnong. The web project tells the story of the site and the people of the footscray wharves precinct (see image above).

Notifications about all new LMW web publications will be posted on the LMW facebook page.

The Living Museum operates a Visitor Centre at Pipemakers Park, a significant industrial site in the history of Melbourne. It is part of the Museum's brief to interpret this site. Any member of the public can approach the counter and make inquiries about the history and heritage of the western region. If we cannot answer a question we usually know who can.

The Museum provides talks, tours, seminars and other forms of in-service in the Visitor Centre and also runs concerts and other events in the grounds of Pipemakers Park.





















































- history of munitions factories by Les McLean
- footscray wharves and environs

coming soon
- anzac project
- chisholm's homes
- maribyrnong river walk




LMW is supported by Parks Victoria and the City of Maribyrnong

Pipemakers Park is managed by the City of Maribyrnong.