There’s a pile of old books from Dungog Court, an elaborate old school cash register that came out of a shop in the main street, and a buggy that takes your mind back to the olden days.
After a few minutes looking around the back room of Dungog Museum it’s clear there is a vast collection of small and large items, and not enough space to properly display them.
Some are packed tightly together and all are positioned in lines so there is space to walk around the room.
That doesn’t allow the items to come to life and properly share their story of Dungog’s history, volunteer Jeff Hetherington says, but at the moment the museum does not have any other space to store their collection.
“If we had a storage shed we could transform the back room into another exhibition space and we could space things out a lot more so people can get a really good look at them,” he said.
“There’s so much in here, you have to take a really close look to see all of our collection out here, we’ve got a bit of everything.”
Mr Hetherington hopes someone in the Dungog district may have a storage shed, or space in an enclosed building they could donate to the museum.
If that happened, the museum could transform the back room into an exhibition space and explore themes, like it does inside the old building.
The museum collects items that have been used in the Dungog district. It has three exhibition rooms, and the back room, which has virtually become a storage shed.
“We like to concentrate on collecting things from the area so people here have a connection to it,” Mr Hetherington said.
“We don’t see the point of collecting things from other areas, we want to focus on our area.
“Doing this also allows people who visit the museum from other areas to see the sort of things that were in Dungog in the old days.”
Anyone who can help with the storage problems is urged to call the museum on 4992 1760.