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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This spectroscope was made by the Adam Hilger of 192 Tottenham Court Road, London. It is also one of the earliest spectroscopes Hilger made as Henry Chamberlin Russell, Government Astronomer at the Sydney Observatory, ordered it in 1875; the same year Hilger opened his business.
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.
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.
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.
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.