Darebin City Council
Preston Market, built in 1969, is a much-loved place, serving the cultural and shopping needs of the communities of Melbourne's northern suburbs.
With proposals for change at hand, the City of Darebin engaged Context to assess its heritage values, building on a preliminary study in 2011 as part of a project on Victoria’s post 1940s migration heritage.
Our 2017 study focused on historical, social and architectural values, and included face-to-face and online engagement with market shoppers and traders to appreciate the community connections and social values.
Recommendations included recognition of the cultural significance of Preston Market, to protect its tangible and intangible attributes, and record and share people’s ‘market’ stories.