Inside the Collection


Ice Bird – the unsinkable boat

October 27, 2014

Kate Chidlow
Restoration of the sailing boat that made the first single handed voyage to Antarctica Dr David Lewis was a courageous sailor, an extra-ordinary navigator and an adventurer with big dreams. He was the first navigator in modern times to cross the Pacific Ocean without using instruments, following a legendary Maori course from Tahiti to New Zealand.

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.

Doing jigsaws at work, recapturing an 1880s image

March 20, 2013

Kate Chidlow
Most people don't have the patience to attempt what our recent intern, Amir Mogadam from the Universtiy of Newcastle has just finished – probably one of the most challenging jigsaws you’re ever likely to see.

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.

Meet the conservator- Suzanne Chee

October 12, 2011

Melanie Pitkin
Name: Suzanne Chee How long have you been at the Museum for? I just had to do some mental arithmetic! I have been working at the Powerhouse Museum for 26 years! What is your role at the Museum?

Design underground #1 – In the fashion vault

August 3, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Yesterday afternoon we kicked off the Design Underground tours as part of Sydney Design 2010 with an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at the expansive storage facilities of the Museum's costume and accessories collection.

Conservator’s Corner- Preserving the Cyril Ruwald Collection

May 19, 2010

Erika Taylor
We have received funding for a project called TAM (Total Asset Management). The project focuses on our collection, rather than on exhibitions. The objective is to preserve, document and manage the collection so that it can be made more widely accessible.

Conservator’s Corner: Caring for Planes

April 7, 2010

Erika Taylor
We recently acquired the famous Genairco Bi-plane. Tthe Genairco was the first of several aircraft to have flown under the Sydney Harbour Bridge which opened in 1932'. The bi-plane has been stored at Wiseman’s Ferry in a hangar.

Bosdyk Doll’s House- part four

October 2, 2009

Melanie Pitkin
The processes that follow an acquisition of an object into a museum’s collection are not as straightforward as some may think! All incoming objects need to be numbered, catalogued, researched and then documented and conserved.