Full steam ahead for 20th birthday celebrations

The Workshops Rail Museum is turning 20 on Saturday 3 September and is on track for a weekend of celebrations featuring fun activities for the whole family.

Kicking off the weekend of festivities is a series of Torchlight Tours on Friday 2 September, followed by a weekend of heritage trade workshops as part of Ipswich’s Festival Galvanised event, including metalsmithing, blacksmithing and silversmithing. Topping it all off with the hugely popular Prohibition Party on Saturday 3 September.

During the day on Saturday visitors can celebrate with some ‘trainmendous’ birthday fun including balloon giveaways, face painting, garden games and an opportunity to sing happy birthday and enjoy a piece of cake.

While ‘The Workshops’ site is steeped in history, with the very first train to run in Queensland steaming from the site over 145 years ago, the museum was opened in 2002.

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said during its time as a workshop, more than 200 steam locomotives were constructed.

“The site holds fond memories for many locals, but since its re-birth as The Workshops Rail Museum in 2002, it has once again become a local icon,” Dr Thompson said.

“The award-winning museum holds a valued place in the Queensland Museum Network and we are delighted it is celebrating this 20 year milestone alongside Queensland Museum’s 160th birthday in 2022.

What’s On

The Workshops Rail Museum 20th Birthday Celebrations
Saturday 3 September
9.30am-4pm
Come and celebrate our 20th birthday with a range of fun activities for the whole family.
Forecourt Fun
· Balloon giveaways
· Face painting for kids
· Land train rides (additional cost)
Powerhouse Lawns
· Birthday cake with candles, cutting of the cake and singing Happy Birthday
· Garden games including Connect 4, giant Jenga, cricket, hula hoops

Cost: Included with museum entry

Museum Torchlight Tours
Friday 2 September
6pm-9pm

Welcome to our Torchlight Tour series.
We invite you to come down and explore the museum’s darker side in this unique guided torchlight tour of the site and our exhibitions at night.
Stories from our past workers, anecdotes and histories will be brought to life under the cover of darkness.
Cost: $15 per ticket

Prohibition Party
3 September
6pm-10pm

Are you ready to celebrate the Roaring Twenties?
We know, a Prohibition Party shouldn’t be made public but it is 2022 after all and alcohol these days is legal.
In the spirit of prohibition, there’s an air of mystery to the event. Nothing good comes easy, and during prohibition that was absolutely true! So while we’re throwing the party and you know where we live, the finer details will only come once you book.
Dress to impress, grab a ‘bootleg’ brew, try your hand at ‘play poker’ in the museum’s games parlour and explore the authentic heritage setting.
Hit the dance floor and swoon to the Jazz Age tunes and hop on an historic first class train carriage and steal a few photos before the guards check your tickets!

Cost: $21 (18+ event)

Metalsmithing Taster Workshop
Saturday 3 September
9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Learn how to design and fabricate a metal item of jewellery as Jemica teaches you the basic metalsmithing techniques. Get your hands dirty and make something special to take home.
Bookings are essential and the cost includes tuition and materials.
Places are limited so be quick to book!

Cost: $150 per ticket (ages 16+) includes all materials

Blacksmithing Taster Workshop
Saturday 3 September
9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Join heritage trade Blacksmiths Rob Scully and Wayne Schmidt for a lesson in the blacksmithing tent at The Workshops Rail Museum.
See demonstrations in drawing, upsetting, squaring, rounding, riveting and barley twisting.
Get your hands dirty and make something special to take home.
Places are limited so be quick to book! Participants must be 16 years and over.

Cost: $150 per ticket (ages 16+) includes all materials

Silversmithing One Day Workshop
Sunday 4 September
9am-4pm

Create a stunning ring in this one day workshop!
The basic metalsmithing techniques of mark making will be explored using various hammers, letter stamps, number stamps and other tools.
You will have the opportunity to add your own creative touches to your design along the way, while learning key techniques and skills.
The workshop runs for 7 hours and you take home one finished ring!

Cost: $240 per ticket (ages 16+) includes all materials, morning tea and lunch

Blacksmithing One Day Workshop
Sunday 4 September
9am-4pm

Join heritage trade Blacksmiths Rob Scully and Wayne Schmidt for a lesson in the blacksmiths tent at The Workshops Rail Museum.
See demonstrations in drawing, upsetting, squaring, rounding, riveting and barley twisting.
Bookings are essential and the cost includes tuition and materials and meals.

Cost: $240 per ticket (ages 16+) includes all materials, morning tea and lunch

General Admission
Entry prices to The Workshops Rail Museum are:
Adult $14.50
Concession $12.50
Child (3-15 years) $11.50
Family ticket $44.50 (2 adults and up to 2 children)
Child (under 3 years of age) FREE
Entry tickets can be purchased online at theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or onsite at the ticket office.

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