Inside the Collection

Category: People and practice

Meet a Regional Services Intern- Michelle Maddison

May 21, 2010

Rebecca Pinchin
As pointed out in our earlier post, internships form a significant part of the Museum's Regional Services program and in this post, we have invited Michelle Maddison, a Curator from the Museum of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga, to talk about her experience.

Meet the curator- Min-Jung Kim

May 14, 2010

Min-Jung Kim
Name: Min-Jung Kim What is your specialty area? My known speciality is East Asian decorative arts and design within the Museum. I look after the Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections in all mediums including: ceramics, textiles, wood and lacquer, metal, jade, paper etc.

‘That Dress’- Lady Sonia McMahon (1932-2010)

April 19, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
The Powerhouse Museum acknowledges with sadness the recent passing of Lady Sonia McMahon on 2 April 2010. Lady McMahon will be fondly remembered for her elegance and altruism (especially with regards to her tireless charity work) and of course - 'that dress', which Lady McMahon generously donated to the Powerhouse Museum back in 1987.

Meet our Regional Services Team- Rebecca Pinchin and Joanne Delzoppo

April 19, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
The Regional Services Program at the Powerhouse Museum provides programs and services to the people of New South Wales and beyond the borders of Sydney. These programs and services include access to our collections, expertise and resources for individuals and groups such as local museums, historical societies and libraries in rural and regional communities.

Guest Curator- Deb Mostert: tin toys inspire art

April 9, 2010

Erika Taylor
My name is Deb Mostert and I am a visual artist working in Brisbane. My art practice involves me using vintage and veteran toys and household objects as subject matter and finding collectors who are willing to let me 'play' with their toys is always exciting.

Cycling around Australia

March 25, 2010

Margaret Simpson
Australia is an incredibly large country. It’s only when you drive out of the cities and clock up some country miles that you can begin to appreciate its vastness. Or better still in a jet hurtling along at over 800 kph to see it still takes about 6 hours to cross.

Stick this in ya fuse box: Bon Scott 9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980

February 19, 2010

Damian McDonald
       Hello, Howard, how ya doin’ friend; next door neighbour. Get your f#%*king jumbo jet outa my airport… Says Bon Scott in the end refrain of the 1976 song off AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap ‘Aint No Fun (Waitin’ ‘Round to Be a Millionaire)’.

Guest Curator: Maduncle Cliff: Steampunk part 2

February 17, 2010

Erika Taylor
The Museum was recently visited by artist, tinkerer, and 'Steampunk', Cliff Overton, who runs the 'Antipodean Steampunk Adventures' blog, and is currently exhibiting some of his works at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford as part of their 'Steampunk' exhibition.

Guest Curator – Maduncle Cliff, Steampunk part 1

February 8, 2010

Erika Taylor
The Museum was recently visited by artist, tinkerer, and 'Steampunk', Cliff Overton, who runs the 'Antipodean Steampunk Adventures' blog, and is currently exhibiting some of his works at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford as part of their 'Steampunk' exhibition.

Samoan War Photographs 1899

February 3, 2010

Geoff Barker
Here, then, is a singular state of affairs: all the money, luxury, and business of the kingdom centred in one place; that place excepted from the native government and administered by whites for whites; and the whites themselves holding it not in common but in hostile camps, so that it lies between them like a bone between two dogs, each growling, each clutching his own end.

James Watt and the problematic watt

January 18, 2010

Debbie Rudder
19th January is James Watt's birthday. Born in 1736, he is remembered mainly for improving the steam engine. This medal was minted in London in 1827 as one of a series celebrating great men. Watt is also celebrated by several statues and paintings, a university and a library, a shipping dock, at least two engineering awards, an Austrian coin and a (yet to be released) British banknote.

Meet the curator- Eva Czernis-Ryl

December 25, 2009

Eva Czernis-Ryl
Eva and part of the Doulton display in the ‘Inspired!’ exhibition. Above Bilton’s waratah plaque and jug, there is a stunning vase painted about 1900 by Edward Raby. Name Eva Czernis-Ryl What is your specialty area?