Inside the Collection

Enamel signs, electric light and cloisonné

May 31, 2010

Debbie Rudder
The Powerhouse Museum has an exceedingly eclectic collection, but what objects bring these three themes together? The first is a rather large maker's plate that was souvenired from a crane in the derelict Ultimo Power House before the site became the museum.

Beginning Electronic Music- Tristram Cary part 1

May 28, 2010

Stephen Jones
The purpose of this extended note on Tristram Cary is to provide a context within which to introduce several electronic music instruments within the collection of the Powerhouse Museum. These will include two pre-synthesiser devices, early EMS synthesisers and other custom built objects that are now part of the museum’s collection.

Setting a Martian Endurance Record

May 27, 2010

Kerrie Dougherty
On May 20, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity set a new endurance record for operating on the surface of Mars, surpassing the record of six years and 116 days set by NASA’s Viking 1 lander almost 30 years ago.

Meet the Curator: Andrew Grant

May 26, 2010

Andrew Grant
Name Andrew Grant What is your specialty area? Land Transport with particular interest in horse drawn transport. It’s hard to claim any field within the vast transport area as a “specialty”, because they are all complex.

The Trolley man immortalised

May 24, 2010

Charles Pickett
Do you remember Joseph Cindric? Probably not, unless I tell you that Joseph (or Josef or Joso or Joe) Cindric was the man who for decades pushed a hand-made trolley around the Sydney CBD. From the 1960s to the 1980s he was as much a part of the city scene as the Town Hall or Hyde Park where he often rambled or slept during the day.

Meet a Regional Services Intern- Michelle Maddison

May 21, 2010

Rebecca Pinchin
As pointed out in our earlier post, internships form a significant part of the Museum's Regional Services program and in this post, we have invited Michelle Maddison, a Curator from the Museum of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga, to talk about her experience.

Mystery object- archaeology

May 21, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
It's only fitting that during National Archaeology Week we should have, as our mystery object, an actual archaeological find. This artefact is made of kaolin and it measures 36mm length x 20mm width.

Conservator’s Corner- Preserving the Cyril Ruwald Collection

May 19, 2010

Erika Taylor
We have received funding for a project called TAM (Total Asset Management). The project focuses on our collection, rather than on exhibitions. The objective is to preserve, document and manage the collection so that it can be made more widely accessible.

Making light work: 50 years of the Laser

May 18, 2010

Kerrie Dougherty
Fifty years ago, on May 16, the first functioning laser was switched on at the Hughes Research Laboratories in California. Constructed by engineer and physicist Theodore Maiman, this first Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation device used a pink synthetic ruby rod to generate its powerful beam of light.

Excavating at Sydney Observatory

May 17, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
May 16-22 marks National Archaeology Week. To recognise this, we have developed a small display of archaeological finds at the Powerhouse Museum (on show now - late July) and another display in the Signal Station on site at Sydney Observatory (May 29-30).

Meet the curator- Min-Jung Kim

May 14, 2010

Min-Jung Kim
Name: Min-Jung Kim What is your specialty area? My known speciality is East Asian decorative arts and design within the Museum. I look after the Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections in all mediums including: ceramics, textiles, wood and lacquer, metal, jade, paper etc.

Australian AIDS memorial quilt project

May 12, 2010

Nicole Balmer
Since 2007, a team of industrious Castle Hill volunteers have been documenting the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt. The ‘Quilt’ itself is actually over 100 quilts, each of which is made up of panels remembering individuals who have died from HIV/AIDS since 1982.