Inside the Collection

Collections in the clouds – Mythical Beast

August 31, 2010

Geoff Barker
Q. What is plastic, metal and glass - coloured black, white and brown - covered in hair - and made out of over 600,000 modular parts? A. The Powerhouse Museum. This was the unexpected answer to my attempt to work out what kind of animal the Powerhouse Museum collection would be if we could give it body parts.

Ask A Curator Day: Wednesday September 1st

August 30, 2010

Erika Taylor
On Wednesday September 1st, Powerhouse Museum curators will be taking part in ‘Ask a Curator Day’. The day is a worldwide initiative that lets people connect to museum curators through social media.

A railway carriage, 417 parts and a Museum cataloguer

August 27, 2010

Rebecca Evans
Here in the Registration department we encounter many challenges working with such a varied and vast museum collection. Recently I completed cataloguing one of the largest objects in the collection; the Governor General’s Railway Carriage.

Double Darwin: 3D scanning and rapid prototyping robot

August 26, 2010

Erika Taylor
As a Museum of Science and Design we celebrate human ingenuity and are interested in providing people with the opportunity to explore exciting and emerging technologies. As part of the Ultimo Science Festival, we brought together 3D laser scanning, Robotics and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) for our Face to Face installation.

History of Barbie

August 25, 2010

Margaret Simpson
From time-to-time curators are asked to speak on radio about objects in their collections. Last week I went into the Sydney studio of the popular ABC 702 drive time presenter, Richard Glover, as part of their Self Improvement Wednesday section of the show.

Science Underground – Angelo Tornaghi: instrument maker and entrepreneur

August 23, 2010

Geoff Barker
Angelo Tornaghi arrived in Sydney in 1855 and for the next fifty years played a highly visible role in Sydney's scientific community. By May 1864, he was running a highly respected business importing and making scientific instruments from his shop at 312 George Street.

Robots have taken over the collection

August 20, 2010

Erika Taylor
As part of Ultimo Science Festival we have a 3D scanning and rapid prototyping robot in the house! The robot collects 3D surface information in less than a minute using a laser scanner, which uses a laser line, camera and tracking system to build up the image displayed onscreen in real-time.

Science underground- Come meet us!

August 16, 2010

Erika Taylor
Last week the science curators went underground…deep underground. With a collection as large as the Powerhouse Museum’s, it is sometimes hard to know what gems hide within it, especially if it's not in your curatorial area.

Ultimo Science Festival

August 16, 2010

Erika Taylor
Today marks the start of Ultimo Science Festival! For the next two weeks we are going to be bringing some great science stories on the blog. So stay tuned in as our science, technology and industry curators bring you stories about our collection, the Museum, and what happens behind the scenes.

‘Inspired!’ exhibition dismantle

August 15, 2010

Alison Brennan
To inspire someone is to "fill them with the urge to do or feel something, especially to do something creative". The Inspired! design across time gallery has most definitely encompassed this definition as described in the Oxford dictionary.

‘Get Carter’ car park

August 14, 2010

Charles Pickett
There’s been an interesting heritage controversy recently about the car park which ‘starred’ in the movie Get Carter. The Trinity Centre parking tower overlooking Gateshead in north-east England features in several Get Carter scenes, notably one in which Jack Carter, played by Michael Caine, throws a corrupt businessman to his death.