Tuesday, 01 August 2017 23:15

New exhibition to highlight SA's history of automotive manufacturing

The National Motor Museum and the History Trust of South Australia will install a permanent exhibition at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood that tells the story of South Australia’s history of automotive manufacturing.

The [Re]assembled exhibition will replicate six assembly-line stations from GM Holden’s Elizabeth Plant, suspended from the Museum’s ceiling. In addition, the social history of South Australian vehicle manufacturing will be told through a focus on automotive workers and community, and supply-chain companies.

The State Government’s Automotive Transformation Taskforce has provided $110,000 towards the permanent display and Arts South Australia has provided $20,000 towards the exhibition.

The funding will be used for screen-based video information, interactive elements using augmented reality, the development of an app to support the visitor experience, and an education program focused on science, technology, engineering, maths and social history outcomes.

The [Re]assembled exhibition will include a world-first assembly line suspension and digital displays. Each station will carry a vehicle at different stages of assembly, through to a fully assembled car.

The total project cost is around $600,000, with contributions from GM Holden, Arts SA, the National Motor Museum and in-kind construction support from northern Adelaide companies.

The Holden vehicles exhibition component will be opened during the Bay to Birdwood on September 24.

The Automotive Transformation Taskforce is supporting workers in the automotive supply chain find new careers and supporting businesses to transition into new markets.

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