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Reliving moon landing

Camp Hill store creates showstopper

Sarah Jane Walsh from Camp Hill Antique Centre and Tart Cafe at her display. PICTURE: AAP/RICHARD WALKER
IF you remember when man first walked on the moon — or you wish you had been alive to see it — now is the time to relive the moment.

The Queensland Museum commissioned the director of Camp Hill Antique Centre & Tart Cafe, Sarah Jane Walsh, to recreate a 1960s mid-century lounge room for its NASA exhibition.

With her background in film and television, Ms Walsh jumped at the chance to be involved.

“Styling shoots comes very naturally to me. It’s something I’ve always done,” she said.

“I’m excessive by nature. I like big colours, loud props and lots of them.

“Showstoppers, so when the museum floated the idea with me about setting up a lounge room from 1969, I said I’d be interested for sure.”

The room Ms Walsh designed is so impressive the museum has decided to keep it on.

“It was going to be on display for a week but now they haven’t given me an end date,” she said.

“I’m a bit of a hoarder of vintage wallpaper and now I know why,” she laughed. Everything on the set comes from Ms Walsh’s antique store and every item is specific to 1969. “We have a record player that still works in the scene, and a telephone,” she said. Queensland Museum Head of Public Programs Patrice Fogarty said the museum wanted visitors to relive one of the most memorable moments in history

— the moon landing.

“Life was very different for families in ’60s, so this is one way people can experience it,” she said. The lounge room will be in place at cafe Muse at the museum until mid-August.

“When you visit NASA — A Human Adventure make sure you stop by the cafe and enjoy this unique experience,” Ms Fogarty said.