While working on a story relating to the Eureka Stockade I came upon some interesting information which may clarify a nearly 150 year old mystery relating to who designed the famous Eureka flag. Some accounts credit a Canadian miner, "Captain" Henry Ross, as being the designer of the flag.
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The Museum is always on the lookout for ways to reduce the amount of waste created when we take an exhibition down. What we can’t recycle or use in another space sometimes gets given to ‘Reverse Garbage’ , which is an amazing facility in Sydney.
Sunday 11 September is the tenth anniversary of that horrendous and highly symbolic event, the ramming of two aircraft into skyscrapers in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Washington DC.
A couple of media stories set me thinking about the image of museums. One (which you may well have come across) concerned a museum and its touring exhibition which have gained an extraordinary amount of press.
A special gem popped up in our google alerts this morning, we found out that the Museum had been visited by the Sydney Urbane Sketchers on the weekend! We contacted sketcher David Jack (you can check out his blog here) to find out a little bit more.
Continuing from my “stuff you find on a curator’s desk” theme, here is a cute example of “stuff curators get sent”! We loved Charlie’s letter and the astonishing find from his paleontology dig.
The demise of Osama bin Laden is certainly the news story of 2011. Among the torrent of analysis, news stories and blogs this event has generated, bin Laden’s home of the past five or six years has attracted considerable comment.
Would you have guessed the mystery rail object on display in the Museum’s marquee at Steamfest this year? Visitors to this event held in Maitland over the weekend of 9/10th April were encouraged to have a go.
Fifty years ago today, on April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into orbit, becoming the first person in space. In the Cold War climate of the times, this event was not only a major technological and scientific achievement, but also a tremendous propaganda victory for the Soviet Union in the Space Race with the United States.
The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of the world’s most popular museums and exhibitions is just out. For anyone who wants to know what brings people to museums in big numbers, this is required reading.
We note with sadness the passing last week of Shiga Shigeo, a great ceramic artist and teacher whose profound influence will doubtless survive through his students to future generations of Australian potters.
I have just returned from Cairo after a tumultuous few days caught up in the demonstrations in Egypt. I was meant to be there for 6 weeks undertaking research for my PhD before leading an independent 24-day tour of Egypt, “From Alexandria to Abu Simbel” for Alumni Travel in Sydney.