It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. In 2016, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences presented the exhibition Out of Hand: materialising the digital.
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It’s National Science Week! Tune in each day to meet MAAS’ science curators, discover objects from our wonderful science collection and find out what a science curator actually does in a day. To start off National Science week we interview the Science Curators of MAAS and find out what they love about working in a Museum.
Last week I started work on a collection of objects relating the period of the Australian Gold Rush and one of the objects was a porcelain medical jar made by S. Maws and Sons between 1860 and 1870.
In the basement recently three highly decorated jars caught my eye – and transported me to a nineteenth century pharmacy. I imagined dozens of beautiful bottles arrayed on shelves, labelled with arcane text – and these three apothecary's specie jars taking pride of place on the counter, ready for the pharmacist to dip in and dole out their contents.
When I came across the Esmarch triangular bandage in my research, I was immediately drawn to the line (After Esmarch). Was it a person, place or manufacturer? And why was the bandage after Esmarch?