Inside the Collection

Tag: new acquisitions

Donating to the MAAS collection

October 24, 2018

Tilly Boleyn
Ever wondered how to donate to a museum? Curator Tilly Boleyn reveals what to consider before you get in touch. Spring is a busy time. Flowers are blooming, lambs are frolicking and people are clearing out their sheds thinking, “I wonder if I should donate this to a museum?”.

Recent acquisition: New Armor stool by Kwangho Lee

June 27, 2018

Megan Meredith
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences recently acquired the ‘New Armor’ stool by South Korean contemporary designer Kwangho Lee, which reflects the ‘Return to Craft’ movement as featured in the Powerhouse Museum exhibition Common Good.

Telling the Strictly Ballroom story

April 28, 2014

Charles Pickett
Back in 1992, when Strictly Ballroom had just been released its producer Tristram Miall donated the movie costumes to the Powerhouse. Tristram was aware that this was not just any movie wardrobe.

Beatles scrapbook needs HELP

February 5, 2014

Kate Chidlow
As well as being the title of a Beatles album, this word could be used to describe the deteriorating condition of a 1960’s Pop music scrapbook made by a Sydney teenager, Jennie Small. The wonderful scrapbook has kindly been donated to the Powerhouse Museum’s collection and it consists of pictures, clippings and headlines taken from newspapers and magazines between 1962-64.

The communising of the mobile computer devise

August 14, 2013

Damian McDonald
'The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall'.  Che Guevara Computing devices are now so ensconced in our lives that the notion of being deprived of one of these devices is seen as a removal of liberty.

Feeling the vibe with a Frahm tachometer

July 8, 2013

Debbie Rudder
This rugged hand-held precision instrument is unlike any tachometer I’ve ever seen. It’s more musical than mechanical, and it needs no power source other than the piece of machinery whose speed the user wants to check.

Mystery Beatles object

October 17, 2012

Peter Cox
The Museum has started to develop a new exhibition about the Beatles' 1964 tour of Australia. We recently acquired an unusual object from around that time. Does anybody know where it originated? It is a large rectangular wooden board in a metal framework, painted with the four Beatles holding their musical instruments.

The Museum’s fotoplayer comes to life again

September 24, 2012

Kate Chidlow
The Powerhouse Museum’s Style 20 Fotoplayer is a wonderful instrument on display in the Kings Cinema within the Museum. It was made to provide music and sound effects to accompany silent movies and is an upright player piano, with an effects box.

String quartet by Kitty Smith – varnished with Dragons Blood

June 25, 2012

Lynne McNairn
This splendid string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello) was made by Kitty Smith (1912-2005) a professional violin maker who started her craft in the 1930s. Kitty was the daughter of Arthur Edward (A E) Smith (1880-1978) who is considered the most important violin maker in Australia.

The Ukulele Craze

June 4, 2012

Lynne McNairn
Recently ukuleles have been undergoing quite a revival with ukulele clubs and festivals springing up all over the world (there are at least seven clubs in Sydney). But Hawaiian music and ukuleles were very popular in Australia during the 1920s and 1930s and remained so until the 1950s.

The Violin Twins 10th Anniversary

December 28, 2011

Michael Lee
A bit of background…As the new millennium was about to begin composer and violinist Romano Crivici and I came up with a crazy idea – could we get two almost identical violins and test them against each other to see if their respective sounds changed over time?

Dame Nellie Melba Turns 150

May 19, 2011

Michael Lee
The 19th May 2011 marks the birth of one of Australia’s greatest performers, Dame Nellie Melba. Perhaps the most internationally renowned Australian performer in the period before the Second World War, Dame Nellie Melba was recognised as one of the worlds greatest sopranos with her fame living on to the present day.