Inside the Collection

Category: People and practice

Faded glory or historically charming?

January 11, 2011

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
The assigned value and significance of objects is in a state of perpetual flux. Evolving digital technologies (like the potential to create high resolution scans from original negative and positive formats and distribute these over the web) contributes to, engages with and draws attention to this constant process of change.

Dahl and Geoffrey Collings and Moholy- Nagy

January 4, 2011

Anni Turnbull
This is the third our series based on the cataloguing of 2007/30/1, the archive of Dahl and Geoffrey Collings, specifically on the Christmas and New Year’s cards sent to them by family, friends and professional colleagues.

The Fibro frontier

December 14, 2010

Charles Pickett
The NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour has just released a report about asbestos and its terrible legacy. According to the report asbestos-related disease will soon be killing more people in Australia than car and traffic accidents.

More Discoveries About A Hidden Musical Treasure: Robert Louis Stevenson

November 15, 2010

Michael Lee
The 13th November 2010 marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Some visitors who have been to the Powerhouse Discovery Centre at Castle Hill may have seen his piano which has been part of the Museum’s musical instrument collection since the early 1960s.

Vale Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010)

October 15, 2010

Michael Lee
The passing of the great Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland this week was a very sad event and her influence on Australian musical culture will be sorely missed. However, she also left a great legacy for those that had the privilege to know her and train and perform with her.

Meet the curator- Glynis Jones

October 8, 2010

Glynis Jones
Name: Glynis Jones (I often receive phone calls from gentlemen of a certain age who ask me if I appeared in Mary Poppins!!). What is your specialty area? I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology and Fine Arts and a postgraduate degree in Museum Studies.

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.

Black box inventor David Warren: a tribute

July 23, 2010

Debbie Rudder
The black box flight recorder was invented in Australia – and championed into production and use – by chemist and aeronautical expert Dr David Warren, who was born in 1925 and died this week. He was curious and clever (qualities needed to be an inventor) – and persistent (the extra quality needed to be a successful innovator).

Meet the curator- Alysha Buss

June 28, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Name: Alysha Buss What is your specialty area? At university I completed a Bachelor of Arts where I majored in Archaeology (Classical and Near Eastern) and Heritage Studies, and also studied Art History and Anthropology.

Meet the Curator: Andrew Grant

May 26, 2010

Andrew Grant
Name Andrew Grant What is your specialty area? Land Transport with particular interest in horse drawn transport. It’s hard to claim any field within the vast transport area as a “specialty”, because they are all complex.