Inside the Collection

Behind the Scenes

Conservator’s Corner- Creating simple wigs for display

March 8, 2010

Erika Taylor
Ever since the Powerhouse Museum opened in 1988, curator, Lindie Ward and textile conservator, Suzanne Chee have been making simple paper wigs for the museum’s mannequins. The wigs they have created are mimimal and they enhance rather than detract from the dress on display.

The Frigate Bird II and her Captain Revealed

March 1, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
The Powerhouse Museum's curatorial transport department was recently assisted by Museum Studies intern, Zinnia O'Brien, to work on a large photographic collection relating to Sir P.G. Taylor. "Who?", you ask.

The 80s are Back- logistics of display

February 1, 2010

Alison Brennan
It appears that the curatorial team are trying to break the PHM world record of number of lenders per exhibition. Currently sitting on about 70 lenders I understand they will settle for no less than …..yes, you guessed it 80 lenders – it’s a numbers thing.

A daughter of Neptune – Annette Kellerman

December 18, 2009

Einar Docker
Earlier in the year, I took a break from Registration duties to complete an internship in the Curatorial department under the guidance and supervision of Peter Cox, Curator of Australian Social History, as part of a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies.

Old things in new ways…

November 18, 2009

Rebecca Evans
Looking at old things in new ways is one of the Museum’s best talents. Recently while Conservation Photographer, Kate Pollard and I were photographing this beautiful Doulton vase from 1882 we quickly realised that it had a fantastic painting of Farm Cove and the Garden Palace from the same period.

Movement in the collection

October 20, 2009

Erika Taylor
Registration staff are (among many other things) responsible for moving Museum objects from A to B, this could be from one shelf to the one below or from the collection store to the main gallery space or between one of the numerous departments who require them for whatever reason.

Bosdyk Doll’s House- part four

October 2, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
The processes that follow an acquisition of an object into a museum’s collection are not as straightforward as some may think! All incoming objects need to be numbered, catalogued, researched and then documented and conserved.

…And you thought moving house was hard!

September 8, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
The Powerhouse Museum’s NSWGR steam crane locomotive 1082 was recently moved to a new home at the Museum's Powerhouse Discovery Centre: Collection Stores at Castle Hill from its long-term storage location within the Large Erecting Shop at Eveleigh (Redfern).

Atlassian come to perve

August 25, 2009

Matthew Connell
I love doing tours of our basement store but this one was especially gratifying. 24 programmers from Atlassian, the company that brings us Confluence and Jira amongst other programs, came to the museum for a bit of R and R.

Ties with tradition

July 31, 2009

Lindie Ward
Apron made in Mislesevo-Vevcani, Struga, Macedonia, 1985, lent by Radmilla Karamacoska It was love at first sight when I saw the aprons I was to be working on for an upcoming exhibition here at the Museum.

Full steam ahead – the 3265

July 10, 2009

Erika Taylor
Under the supervision of the Museum’s Engineering conservator, Ross Goodman, and a dedicated group of volunteers, Steam Locomotive 3265 has been extensively rebuilt and once again will be fully operational and carrying passengers.

Welcome to the new curatorial blog!

March 30, 2009

Erika Taylor
Ever wondered what happens to things in museums when they aren’t on display? Ever wanted to visit a museum’s basement? Ever wondered what curators get up to down there? Well here's your chance to find out!