Inside the Collection

Exhibitions

Wow – a giant exploded treasure chest!

April 29, 2013

Lynne McNairn
The other day I was walking through the museum and came across a family visiting the Steam Revolution exhibition. Their young son was racing around in typical fashion when he came to a dead stop in front of the above object and exclaimed 'Wow - a giant exploded treasure chest!!'

Missing Russian spacecraft, Mars 3 may have been found

April 15, 2013

Kerrie Dougherty
When the Powerhouse Museum opened in 1988, its Space-beyond this world exhibition included several replica Soviet spacecraft on loan from the then Soviet Academy of Sciences. Amongst this collection of reproduction spacecraft was a 1:2 scale model of the USSR’s Mars 3, the first spacecraft to make a successful touchdown on the surface of Mars.

Blundstone tapboots

April 3, 2013

Debbie Rudder
These boots were made for dancing. They are Blundstone work boots modified for tap dancing in the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Entering into the quirky, innovative spirit of Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention, I selected them for display alongside the staid historic Wellington boots that came from Britain with the exhibition.

Earth hour, turning off the lights

March 23, 2013

Anni Turnbull
Saturday 23rd March, 8:30-9:30 is Earth hour and it gives us a chance to turn off the lights and celebrate the dark. More than 2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses in Sydney took part in the First Earth hour in 2007.

Making it: 20 years of Student Fashion

March 13, 2013

Melanie Pitkin
2013 is an important year for the Museum. Not only are we celebrating our 25th birthday, but we’re also celebrating 20 years of Student Fashion. The Student Fashion display has been held annually at the Powerhouse Museum since 1993.

Upcycled – waste not, want not…

March 7, 2013

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
A new display opens at the Powerhouse Museum this week titled 'Upcycled', a word coined by German engineer and upcycler, Reiner Pilz in 1994. ‘Recycling? I call it down-cycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything.

Beyond the object: collecting design process material

February 18, 2013

Debbie Rudder
This neat Australian-made Braille note-taker, the Jot a Dot,  is on display in the Powerhouse Museum's version of Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention. I selected it to complement the story of inventor Louis Braille, which came with the exhibition but without any objects.

Counting cash with brass – cash register from 1900

January 16, 2013

Lynne McNairn
With Christmas over and the sales in full swing, it seemed like a good time to look at this beautiful old cash register. This cash register was made in about 1900 by the National Cash Register Company, in Dayton, Ohio the first company to manufacture and promote cash registers.

Wes Standfield’s Supreme mousetrap-making machine

December 15, 2012

Debbie Rudder
Wes Standfield's Supreme mousetrap-making machine has been very popular with visitors to the Powerhouse Discovery Centre since 2007. Definitely a ‘cracking contraption’, it is making its debut appearance at the Powerhouse Museum in conjunction with Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention.

Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention: Eiffel Tower telephone

November 26, 2012

Debbie Rudder
After walking up the garden path, visitors to this exhibition will enter Wallace & Gromit's front room and discover three showcases filled with inventions. One traces the history of the telephone, from an early wall-mounted wooden box with hand-wound dynamo to the first mobile phone designed and made in Australia.

The halcyon days of the Sunbeam motorcycle

November 14, 2012

Lynne McNairn
This charming drawing is from the cover of a sales catalogue for the 1929 range of Sunbeam motorcycles. The drawing shows a man astride his Sunbeam in the English countryside, with an empty country road stretched out behind him.

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention: Victa mower

November 12, 2012

Debbie Rudder
Why is this lawnmower being checked out and spruced up in the Powerhouse Museum’s conservation lab? The answer is it’s one a diverse group of objects I’ve selected to add to the whacky mix of stories, ideas and activities in the upcoming exhibition Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention.