2000/86/1-2 Badge, ‘WORLD AIDS DAY’, metal, designed by the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) / Commonwealth Dept of Community Services and Health, maker unknown, Australia, 1987-199. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
Since its inception on 1 December 1988, World AIDS Day has played an important role in the ongoing global fight to remove the threat of HIV and AIDS. First diagnosed in 1981, the HIV and AIDS epidemic continues to be one of the world’s most significant public health issues, particularly in less affluent countries.
2012/69/1 Mixed media assemblage ‘Deja Vu, Review’, mixed material, Kendal Murray, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
Museums have used toys, models and dioramas to explain and comment on the workings of a larger world. Here, artist Kendal Murray has created a miniature surreal world atop an antique purse though her work Déjà vu, Review’. This sculptural mixed media offers a playful look at the domestic world and holiday culture. The miniature world draws us closer, and invites us to investigate.
Colour transparency, poppy flower photograph, Kodak EPP 6005 6 x 7cm medium format colour film,photograph by Bruno Benini, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1980-1995.2009/43/1-5/21/23 Collection: Powerhouse Museum
The Red Poppy has special significance for Australians. Worn on Remembrance Day (formerly know as Armistice Day), on November 11 each year, the red poppies were among the first to flower in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium in the First World War. The vivid red of the poppy symbolises the blood of fallen soldiers.
Ceramic form, `Delos: Paros’, stoneware, Marea Gazzard, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1972.Exhibited in Clay +Fibre exhibition, 1973, Collection: Powerhouse Museum.
The Powerhouse Museum, along with many others in the fields of visual arts and crafts, was sad to hear of the death of Marea Gazzard, on 28th October, 2013. Marea Gazzard was an important figure in the chronology of Australian postwar ceramics, both as a significant and influential innovator in her own work and also in her support of the Australian crafts movement.
2007/77/8 Photograph, Sydney Harbour, paper, photograph by James Hancock, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, owned by Joyce White, Perth, Western Australia, 1939-1945. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
In recent years the sight of Sydney Harbour filled with navy ships is not a very common sight, particularly war ships.
On Friday 4th October, 2013 the harbour will again be filled with war ships, this time from 20 nations to mark the centenary of the arrival of Australia’s first fleet of seven warships in 1913.
Detail of Doll’s dress showing colour mauveine, 1863-1870. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
Mauveine, the first synthetic organic chemical dye, was discovered serendipitously by William Perkin in 1856. Perkin was 18 and working with Professor August Wilhelm von Hofmann, attempting to synthesise the anti-malaria drug quinine. One experiment yielded a solid black deposit. While washing the glassware with alcohol, Perkin observed a purple colouration and realised that the black solid was dissolving in the alcohol.
Artwork, ‘Another World Wide Web’, installation, by Shane Waltener, United Kingdom, 2010, Love Lace exhibition. Powerhouse Museum
When Emily Thomas wrote her guide to the top 100 museum related blogs in July 14, 2009 it was an interesting and brave attempt to list engaging, informative and ongoing Museological posts. I say brave as things don’t stay stationary on the web, and something that was good one minute can be gone the next. Recently the top 100 blogs were re listed in ‘Rethinking the museum’ discussion on Linked In. Now looking at them four years later (or four centuries in technology time) some of the web of connections have been have broken or blogs have not been continued. Part of the challenge or hazards of working on the world wide web. Continue reading
Right: Elise Andrew (I F***ing Love Science) Left: Derek Muller (ABC and Veritasium), Centre: Chris Cassella (ScienceAlert).
Photo taken by Sarah Terkes, UNSW.
I F***king Love Science is a Facebook page that started in March 2012, posting quirky but accurate science news and ideas, with serious depth as well as humour. It grew phenomenally and now has more than 6.5 million followers. Its founder, Elise Andrew, is a 24 year old UK biology graduate who has quickly become the new star of popular science for millions of people. Continue reading
85/885 Toy wringer, USA, c 1900. Collection: Powerhouse Museum
The life of women changed significantly with domestic design innovations of the 1950s and 60s, with access to time- saving devices like washing machines. With the advent of washing machines, fridges, kitchen whiz’s and hills hoist to name a few, the lives of housewives of the 60s was vastly different to their mothers. Continue reading
Hi – We are – Beth Anastasiou and David Hampton. We currently work at Newcastle Museum. Beth works as the Business Support Assistant coordinating venue hire and assisting with museum administrative duties and David works as Public Programs Assistant and Senior Visitor Services Officer. Continue reading