Out of the Square wins National Trust Heritage Award for oral history series

Out of the Square wins National Trust Heritage Award for oral history series

Newcastle creative agency, Out of the Square, in collaboration with Century Venues and Gavin Patton have taken out a prestigious National Trust Australia Heritage Award for the Victoria Theatre Newcastle, ‘Remembered & Revisited’ oral history series.

The series sympathetically conveys the heartfelt stories of those who had worked there or had a connection with The Victoria Theatre throughout the years.

Founder of Out of the Square, Marty Adnum said that this is thrilling news for all involved.

“Not least the beautiful people who came forward to tell their story,” Marty said.

“From the usherettes to performers, projectionists to lolly boys and even those who had their very first date there.

“It was a privilege to produce and then donate this series, let alone to now receive this award is incredible.”

Gavin Patton from Regional Heritage Planning was over the moon with the win.

“You can achieve amazing things when the right people come together over a shared passion,” Gavin said.

Director of Century Group, Greg Khoury explained that the award honoured the Newcastle community.

“The Award is a testament to the passion and commitment of the Newcastle community, who have rallied behind the revival of the Victoria Theatre alongside us,” Greg said.

The National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards is an annual celebration of outstanding practice in the heritage field.

The awards celebrate excellence in the conservation, protection, and interpretation of Aboriginal, built, natural and cultural heritage.

The National Trust Heritage Awards are a signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival.

Chair of the National Trust Heritage Awards Jury, Matthew Devine said that the level of diversity in the submissions this year was impressive to see.

“The diversity, scale and geographical representation was simply astounding this year and promoted rich and robust discussion between the judges,” Matthew said.

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