Inside the Collection

Tag: Climate change

A hot topic: Solar Thermal Power

December 30, 2011

Debbie Rudder
This post is part of an ongoing series of energy storage posts by intern Brett Szmajda. When I say ‘solar power’, most people conjure up images of the thin, iridescent blue panels that make a patchwork quilt out of the roofs of suburban houses.

David Boyd (1924-2011)

November 11, 2011

Anni Turnbull
David Boyd died aged 87 on November 10 2011. Born into the Boyd family, who have been renowned for their artistic talents, David Boyd was a painter but was known for his ceramics, learning originally from his father Merric Boyd.

Joyce Gittoes Ceramic Art

August 31, 2011

Anni Turnbull
I recently had the privilege to undertake a 20 day internship at the Powerhouse Museum under the supervision of curator, Paul Donnelly. I was given the task of documenting an acquisition consisting of a series of ceramic pieces by Joyce Gittoes (b.1915).

Thancoupie (Thanakupi) the Potter (1937-2011)

May 16, 2011

Paul Donnelly
Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO, has sadly died after a long illness, aged 74, at Weipa Base Hospital on Cape York. Thancoupie (Thanakupi), as she was best known, was born in the small mission town of Napranum, near Weipa where she experienced a traditional childhood of hunting and travelling with her family in time with the seasons.

Hair in Museums

April 28, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Why does hair appear in the most unlikely places? Like this man's shirt from the Cameroons. Or worked into this unique needle lace panel from the 1600s. That hair has been readily available as a material is one answer.

Bernard Sahm (1926-2011)

March 14, 2011

Paul Donnelly
Bernard Sahm was a greatly respected potter whose work is represented in all the major galleries of Australia. He trained and practiced as an industrial draughtsman which gave him skills he was to use in his distinctive ceramic output that frequently included drawn and applied detail.

Oceans, data, and climate change: Sea Robots

February 8, 2011

Erika Taylor
Attention data nerds and science geeks, you will love this object. This is what is known as an Argo float (I prefer the term sea robot), the picture doesn’t give you a sense of scale but the whole unit is about 6 feet tall.

Real vs Fake: Museum objects

February 3, 2011

Erika Taylor
Whilst working on the new ‘Ecologic: creating a sustainable future’ exhibition, we were looking for objects to help us tell the story of climate change, and more specifically talk about the fossil record.

Old objects new ideas: volcanoes and climate change

February 1, 2011

Erika Taylor
This inconspicuous lump of rock is actually a piece of lava from Mt. Vesuvius, Italy. It is one of the Museum’s earliest collected objects, having been purchased in 1886 in New York. It was probably no more that a curiosity back then, yet it has been incredibly valuable for us to use in discussing contemporary issues.

Of Copenhagen, cute toys and carbon sinks

December 7, 2009

Debbie Rudder
Thinking about the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, it struck me as fitting that we have two cute Copenhagen-made wooden toys in our carbon sinks showcase in the exhibition Ecologic: creating a sustainable future.