For my Directed Studies project I will be working with the National Trust of South Australia to complete an interpretive study of Collingrove Homestead. Collingrove Homestead is located in Angaston, in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, and was home to the Angas family – a prominent family in South Australia’s history. In 1976, the house was bequeathed to the National Trust of South Australia. Today, Collingrove Homestead functions as a bed and breakfast luxury accommodation facility.
The aim of this study is to analyse the rooms and artefact collections of Collingrove Homestead, to produce an interpretive plan that the National Trust of South Australia can use to develop self-guided tour programs. Through this analysis, I hope to identify potential themes, sub themes and other related messages from the features and artefacts, to develop a story of the Angas family during their time at Collingrove.
To develop an effective interpretive plan, this study will assess other well-known South Australian historic houses, to benchmark examples of good and bad interpretive practices.
I am really enjoying this project. Researching the house and its contents has been very interesting and I hope that this interpretive plan will help create a story that engages the South Australian community and communicates the life and times of the Angas family in a unique way.