Inside the Collection

Strange things you find on a curator’s desk. Part one.

May 31, 2011

Erika Taylor
Poo in a tube Although working at the Powerhouse Museum as a curator is one of the best jobs around, sometimes people do actually leave their jobs and head out to explore other opportunities. When this happens, there is often an eclectic mix of things left behind on desks, hidden in cupboards, and stuffed into drawers.

Meet a Student Fashion Designer- Crystal Tsoi

May 28, 2011

Melanie Pitkin
Just in case you didn't see my earlier post, over on D'Hub we've started a new series of interviews with designers called 6x6. The concept is simple. We interview 6 designers in 6 minutes each - delving into the quirky, the unknown, the understated and the oh-so unbelieveable personal habits, interests, thoughts and idiosyncracies of Australian and International designers.

Regional Services Internship: The Manning Valley Museum

May 25, 2011

Erika Taylor
The Manning Valley Museum was established in 1964 through the incredible foresight and hard work of local farming women. They literally drove around on the back of a ute from farm to farm calling for locals to empty their sheds!

African culture, textiles from Zaire

May 20, 2011

Christina Sumner
Walking through the Powerhouse’s storage area the other day, I stopped off to have another look at some of my favourite textiles in the collection. They are the amazing Kuba dancing skirts, made in what was once the Belgian Congo and is now Zaire, in Central Africa, and worn by Kuba women at community ceremonial events associated with birth, marriage and death.

Meet a Museum Designer- Krister Gustafsson

May 20, 2011

Melanie Pitkin
Over on D'Hub we've started a new series of interviews with designers called 6x6. The concept is simple. We interview 6 designers in 6 minutes each - delving into the quirky, the unknown, the understated and the oh-so unbelieveable personal habits, interests, thoughts and idiosyncracies of Australian and International designers.

Dame Nellie Melba Turns 150

May 19, 2011

Michael Lee
The 19th May 2011 marks the birth of one of Australia’s greatest performers, Dame Nellie Melba. Perhaps the most internationally renowned Australian performer in the period before the Second World War, Dame Nellie Melba was recognised as one of the worlds greatest sopranos with her fame living on to the present day.

Miss Vanderfield’s Doll’s House

May 18, 2011

Margaret Simpson
It was a Tuesday morning. I was working on a PowerPoint presentation - a training session for our Museum volunteers, a couple of meetings were scheduled, labels were due at our Print Media department, public enquiries needed attention and the never-diminishing pile of acquisition documentation beckoned, then the phone rang.

Thancoupie (Thanakupi) the Potter (1937-2011)

May 16, 2011

Paul Donnelly
Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO, has sadly died after a long illness, aged 74, at Weipa Base Hospital on Cape York. Thancoupie (Thanakupi), as she was best known, was born in the small mission town of Napranum, near Weipa where she experienced a traditional childhood of hunting and travelling with her family in time with the seasons.

A covering uncovered

May 13, 2011

Paul Donnelly
Copper sheeting from St James Church, Sydney (1819-24) Occasionally we happen upon the previous lives of objects in our collection. Two pieces of roofing copper have been in the Powerhouse Museum's collection since 1946.

The energy efficiency paradox

May 12, 2011

Debbie Rudder
Common sense sometimes lets us down. For instance, common sense tells us that, if we improve energy efficiency, we will use less energy. Sadly, this truism does not always hold. In its place, we have Jevons’ Paradox, first expounded in 1865 by Professor William Stanley Jevons: 'It is wholly a confusion of ideas to suppose that the economical use of fuel is equivalent to a diminished consumption.

Osama’s lair

May 9, 2011

Charles Pickett
The demise of Osama bin Laden is certainly the news story of 2011. Among the torrent of analysis, news stories and blogs this event has generated, bin Laden’s home of the past five or six years has attracted considerable comment.

400th anniversary of the King James Bible

May 2, 2011

Debbie Rudder
The King James Bible was first published on 2nd May 1611. It was the first authorised English-language version of the Bible. James Cook carried such a Bible with him on his voyage to Terra Australis, and many of the early British settlers would have brought this version of the Bible with them.