History and Interpretation Centre

January 2019

Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), which is responsible for the management and conservation of the Cascades Female Factory is building a new History and Interpretation Centre.  A $3 million dollar fundraising campaign is underway for the World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory Historic Site as PAHSMA aims to have the new Centre built by mid-2020.

A Tasmanian architecture firm, Liminal Studio in partnership with international firm Snohetta and Melbourne landscape practice Rush Wright Associates were announced as the design winners in March 2018.

The Architectural Design Competition launched in March 2017 called for a design that would celebrate the significance and heritage values of the World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory and acknowledge the contribution of the convict women throughout the history of colonial Australia and up to the present day.

The competition jury comprised female leaders in architecture, heritage management, and the arts including Catherine Baudet (Director Ferrier Baudet Architects); Janet Carding (Director Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery); Justine Clark (architectural editor, speaker and researcher); Shelley Penn (Director Shelley Penn Architect); and Penelope Evatt Seidler AM (Director Harry Seidler and Associates).

Professor Sharon Sullivan, AO FAHA, the Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority which is responsible for the management and conservation of the Female Factory and Chair of the jury said:

“We were delighted to have unanimously selected the Tasmanian firm Liminal Studio who, in partnership with with Snøhetta International and Rush Wright Associates, presented a design which best embodies the heritage values of the site and one which will emotionally connect visitors to the extant heritage fabric of the site and the stories of the women who passed through it.”

More information to follow on how you can donate to assist with this project and the ongoing conservation of Cascades Female Factory which is one of the eleven sites that constitute the Australia Convict Sites World Heritage Property, inscribed in 2010.

photograph of the winning design of the Cascades Female Factory History and Interpretation Centre Design Competition

Winning design by Liminal Architecture Snohetta and Rush Wright Associates. IMAGE: Brick Visuals