Previous projects



Peter Haffenden and Kerrie Poliness have worked in partnership at Melbourne's Living Museum of the West on a large variety of projects many of these can be seen on the Living Museum's website. A brief description of some of these projects and links are provided below.


An exhibition about the Maribyrnong River Estuary designed, developed and produced by Peter Haffenden and Kerrie Poliness

Australia's Arsenal

This exhibition about the munitions industries in Melbourne's West developed by Peter Haffenden.

Still Here
A 10 panel portable display and book that providesa a brief history of Aboriginal People in Melbourne's West. designed and produced in collaboration with Aboriginal Cultural Officer Larry Walsh.


Meet the Neighbours
Meet the Neighbours’ was a concert event especially produced for the diverse ethnic groups living in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The first concert was in October 2006 followed by another in November 2007.

Custodians Welcome
In collaboration with Reg Blow and Daphne Milward.
In June 2003 a group of Aboriginal people from Melbourne welcomed a group of newly arrived migrants, the Karen people of Burma, to ‘the land’ at Pipemakers Park in the City of Maribyrnong.

Education Projects

Student Website Publications
While working at the Living museum Peter Haffenden and Kerrie Poliness worked with local Universities and Secondary Colleges, using the Museum as a resource, to help students produce web publications for the Museum website. Some of these projects include helping students produce an interactive website for the exhibition Pobblebonk called Pobblebonk Interactive, a website for the Friends of the Black Powder Mill, a website for an exhibition about the Maribyrnong River and some more personal student projects such as a Park Characterisation, Imaging Aberfeldie and the Maribyrnong Safari.

Contemporary Art Projects

Pipestacks sculpture
The sculpture was designed by Kerrie Poliness and built in 1999 funded by Arts Victoria's program of the 'Victoria Commissions' as a monument to previous activities of Humes Pipeworks on the site, Pipemakers Park, which is now home to the museum and a public park .

PIoneer Womens Shelter
The Pioneer W omen’s Shelter was comissioned in 1997 by St Albans History Society and was designed and built by Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West on the banks of the Maribyrnong River in Pipemakers Park.
Kerrie Poliness worked in collaboration with Joan Carstairs and Maureen Lane authors and members of St Albans History Society.

An exhibition by 10 contemporary artists organised by Kerrie Poliness and Peter Haffenden in the historic Bluestone Building.

Veze / Connections
Facilitation of an exhibition of 12 contemporary Australian artists curated by Branka Stipancic that travelled to Zagreb and Ljubliana.


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