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Apollo 11

August 20, 2019

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Assistant Curator Sarah Reeves on the interactive exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Moon landing. 

A Time Traveller’s Baggage

February 4, 2019

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Author Samuel Wagan Watson on memory pathways and time travel in Time and Memory.

Patyegarang’s sky world

January 31, 2019

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Assistant Curator of Macleay Museum Matt Poll on the importance of Patyegarang’s legacy. 

In conversation with Akira Isogawa

January 31, 2019

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Senior Curator Roger Leong talks with the designer about his career spanning more than 25 years.

STAR WARS™ Identities

January 31, 2019

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

An interview with Laela French, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, about the Star Wars universe and exhibition.

Ming dynasty temple bell

October 17, 2018

Cristina Briones

Curator Min-Jung Kim discusses the bronze bell as an important spiritual object.

Surgical table

October 17, 2018

Cristina Briones

Curator Tilly Boleyn explains why the surgical table is a powerful representation of women’s rights. 

Romance Was Born crochet dress

October 17, 2018

Cristina Briones

Curator Glynis Jones describes the iconic dress that helped launch Australian label Romance Was Born to greater heights. 

Expedition to Antarctica

June 18, 2018

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Assistant Curator Nina Earl reflects on her journey to Antarctica. 

Four Periscopes

June 18, 2018

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Designer Jennifer McMaster from TRIAS architectural studio explains the ideas behind Four Periscopes.

Cuberider1

June 18, 2018

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Assistant Curator Sarah Reeves explains Australia’s first payload to the International Space Station Cuberider1.

Life and Death in the Museum

June 7, 2018

Cristina Briones

The MDC’s Life and Death at the Museum tours offer fascinating stories on objects that have impacted on life and death.  

Under the night sky

April 27, 2018

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Author Bruce Pascoe on the unique and complex relationship between Cadigal woman Petyegarang and William Dawes. 

Reading the time with Joyce Thomson

April 27, 2018

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Time and Memory author Vanessa Berry talks to Joyce Thomson about reading the time live over the telephone.   

A brilliant gift

February 15, 2018

Cristina Briones

Curator Eva Czernis-Ryl reflects on Barry John Willoughby’s significant contribution to the MAAS Collection.  

Design Nation

February 15, 2018

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Comedian and broadcaster Tim Ross talks about his collaboration with MAAS and the invisible icons of Australian design.

Common Good

February 15, 2018

Cristina Briones

Senior Curator Keinton Butler on the impact of contemporary design practice in Australia and neighbouring regions.

Meet Meg Stevenson

December 4, 2017

Cristina Briones

MAAS Volunteer Meg Stevenson reflects on almost 30 years of work at the Museum.

The man, the stars, the land

August 28, 2017

Cristina Briones

Principal Curator Matthew Connell explains Eddie Koiki Mabo’s connection to surveying and the stars.

The collection as constellation

August 24, 2017

Cristina Briones

Dr Kate Scardifield, MAAS Visiting Research Fellow, investigates cosmic tapestries and bodies of knowledge.

In conversation with Lawrence English

August 24, 2017

Cristina Briones

Media artist Lawrence English talks about his sound works focusing on the power of listening and the collective voice.

The Wonder World of Things

August 23, 2017

Judith Matheson

Author Drusilla Modjeska discovers deeper levels of meaning about particular objects in her essay for Icons. Here is an excerpt.

Wearing William Street

August 12, 2016

Judith Matheson

A collaboration between photographer David Mist and fashion designer Sally Smith results in a beautiful silk dress.

Who made your clothes?

February 2, 2016

Who made those cheap school uniforms? Katie Winten digs into the #whomadeyourclothes campaign.

The Maralinga Souvenir Clock

January 19, 2016

A souvenir in the MAAS collection leads curator, Peter Cox, into a dark episode of Australian history.

Babbage archive discovery

December 17, 2015

Judith Matheson

A piece of punched paper found in the MAAS collection provides insights into scholar and inventor Charles Babbage.

In conversation with Luke Sales

December 17, 2015

Judith Matheson

Luke Sales from Romance Was Born talks about their inspirations, the fashion industry and their future.