Inside the Collection


In Roman times: Colchester pottery

December 3, 2010

Paul Donnelly
This collection of Roman-British pottery was presented to the Sydney Technological Museum (as we were called at the time) in 1907 by the city of Colchester, England. I encountered it 103 years later when Paul Donnelly asked me to research some additional information for the museum’s database.

The Intern and the Antiquities: Ancient Greece (part one)

June 8, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Did you know the Powerhouse Museum has a strong collection of Greek antiquities dating as far back as 3000 years? Some of you may remember a number of these from our exhibition '1000 Years of the Olympic Games: treasures of Ancient Greece' in 2000.

Mystery object- archaeology

May 21, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
It's only fitting that during National Archaeology Week we should have, as our mystery object, an actual archaeological find. This artefact is made of kaolin and it measures 36mm length x 20mm width.

Excavating at Sydney Observatory

May 17, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
May 16-22 marks National Archaeology Week. To recognise this, we have developed a small display of archaeological finds at the Powerhouse Museum (on show now - late July) and another display in the Signal Station on site at Sydney Observatory (May 29-30).

Death in the museum- part 3: Ancient Egypt

April 5, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
I'm starting to notice a bit of a theme amongst some of the entries for our 1st birthday competition - stories about mysterious sightings in the Museum, ghosts and other morbid tales! So, perhaps it's a good time to raise some objects from the dead again in part 3 to our 'Death in the Museum' series!