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  • 13 Aug 2010

    West Australians offered special rate for rare exhibition duo

    In the last two weeks of August a joint ticket deal is being offered for the Western Australian Museum’s A Day in Pompeii and the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s upcoming exhibition event, Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice.

    Joint tickets for the two exhibitions are on sale at a special discounted rate of $30.00 and can be purchased through BOCS Ticketing or at the A Day in Pompeii ticketing desk at the WA Museum.

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  • 9 Aug 2010

    WA Museum pays tribute to maritime enthusiast

    Geraldton historian Max Cramer was one of the driving forces behind the push for a suitable museum in which to house the relics from early shipwrecks off the Mid West coast.

    WA Museum – Geraldton advisory committee chair Malcolm Smith said Mr Cramer had been keenly interested in maritime history, particularly the history surrounding the Dutch East India Company wrecks in the Geraldton and Abrolhos areas.

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  • 2 Aug 2010

    Historic Samson House to come under National Trust umbrella

    The Western Australian Museum and the National Trust of Australia (WA) have successfully negotiated the transfer of the historic home of Fremantle’s longest serving Mayor, Sir Frederick Samson.

    WA Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles said he was delighted that Samson House was now in the care of the Trust.

    “There are many benefits for Sir Frederick’s former home by placing it with the National Trust of Australia (WA) whose core business is the conservation and interpretation of historic properties,” Mr Coles said.

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    29 Jul 2010

    WA Museum’s new website

    The Western Australian Museum’s new website is now live, giving its world wide audience an vibrant insight into one of Australia’s premier centres of cultural and scientific excellence.
    WA Museum chief executive officer Alec Coles said that 13 years ago the Museum had been among the first of the nation’s cultural institutions to develop a website and the new version was a quantum leap in terms of technology and access.

    “It revolutionises the way the Museum uses online technologies, including visitor access to online services,” Mr Coles said.

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    21 Jun 2010

    WA Museum CEO awarded in Queen's Birthday honours

    The Western Australian Museum’s new chief executive officer Alec Coles has been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

    Mr Coles was recognised for his services to museums and in particular his seven and a half years as director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

    As director he was responsible for the £26m (AUD$45m) development of the Great North Museum which included the redevelopment of a major museum site, its extension and the installation of new displays throughout.

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    10 May 2010

    Nick Cave – the exhibition at the WA Museum - Perth

    Australian musician, songwriter and author Nick Cave is now the subject of his own exhibition which will be hosted by the Western Australian Museum – Perth from May - July 2009.

    The exhibition was created and designed by the Arts Centre in Melbourne and is touring nationally in 2009.

    Acting Chief Executive Officer of the WA Museum Diana Jones said the exhibition was an exciting opportunity to once again bring a contemporary music exhibition to the people of Western Australia.

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    10 May 2010

    Media Statement - New Museum

    Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Western Australian Museum Mr Tim Ungar has welcomed the State Government’s announcement to fund a new museum.

    “The Western Australian Museum has a long and proud history within the Cultural Centre and we look forward to the opportunity to develop a flagship State Museum,” Mr Ungar said.

    Since officially opening in 1891 the WA Museum has made major contributions to the collection, conservation and research of the State’s heritage.

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  • A close up photo of a large spider specimen

    10 May 2010

    Abundance of new species discovered and named in Western Australia

    Western Australia has proven itself a hotbed of biodiversity with scientists from the Western Australian Museum recently describing 19 newly discovered species.

    A fascinating underground crustacean without eyes and a spider hunting wasp are among those named.

    The scientists have devoted all new species names to Carolus Linnaeus, the founder of modern taxonomy.

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    10 May 2010

    Marine Bioresources Library launches at WA Museum to aid medical research

    The Western Australian Museum today launched WA’s first Marine Bioresources Library, providing assistance to biodiscovery researchers in their research into cures for cancer and other diseases.

    The WA Marine Bioresources Library (WAMBL) will be one of only three in Australia, with the other two based in Queensland.

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    10 May 2010

    Two New Frogs Discovered in WA

    Two new species of frogs have been discovered in Western Australia and announced this week by the Western Australian Museum.

    The discovery of the frogs from the high rainfall zone of the northwest Kimberley were formally described this week in the Records of the Western Australian Museum and Zootaxa.

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    10 May 2010

    ericaamerica styles up to Nick Cave at the WA Museum

    Music and fashion will collide in an explosion of contemporary design this month as international fashion label ericaamerica launches an innovative new exhibition at the Western Australian Museum – Perth.

    To celebrate the opening of Nick Cave - the exhibition, on tour from the Arts Centre, Melbourne, the WA Museum invited WA based style visionaries ericaamerica to curate a contemporary exhibition inspired by Nick Cave.

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  • 10 May 2010

    Changes to opening hours at the Western Australian Museum

    As of Wednesday August 5, 2009 the Western Australian Museum will begin operating on a six-day week with all seven public sites.

    As with all the State's government agencies, the Museum faces a difficult financial climate, including tight public sector fiscal policies as well as pressure on its private funding partners.

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  • 10 May 2010

    Fremantle History Museum Closure

    On July 31, 2009, the Fremantle History Museum closed and the objects and artefacts on display moved to the WA Museum's Welshpool collections and research centre for assessment and curatorial conservation work.

    Following this work, the objects relevant to the Fremantle region will be relocated for exhibition in the WA Museum’s two other sites in the area, WA Museum Shipwrecks and WA Museum – Maritime.

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  • Aerial view of the superpit mining operation

    10 May 2010

    Edward Burtynsky's Minescapes available now

    Australian Minescapes features a series of compelling and tactile large scale photographs of Australian mine sites taken from the air. From this perspective – through the eye of a master photographer – what some see as scars upon the landscape become extraordinary images of beauty and sensuality.

    This sumptuous, large format, casebound book also features a series of accessible and insightful essays on Burtynsky’s work, on photography and Australian landscape and art. These writers and critics include Ric Spencer, Michael Mitchell, Helen Ennis and Alasdair Foster.

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  • 10 May 2010

    Mr Ken Colbung, Fellow of the Western Australian Museum

    Mr Ken Colbung, MBE, JP, AM has been appointed as a Fellow of the Western Australian Museum. Mr Tim Unger, Chair of the Board of Trustees expressed the Board’s pleasure at this appointment that acknowledges Mr Colbung’s long-standing commitment to Aboriginal heritage values, and the assistance he has provided to the Western Australian Museum. Mr Colbung is a foundation member of the WA Museum Aboriginal Advisory Committee and for over 30 years he has guided the Museum in its representations of Aboriginal issues to the Western Australian public.

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  • 10 May 2010

    Museum exhibition to celebrate people who shaped Kalgoorlie

    The Western Australian Museum – Kalgoorlie Boulder is marking the 20th anniversary of its new museum building with the opening of an exhibition about iconic people who have helped make the Goldfields what it is today.

    In Kalgoorlie today to launch the exhibition Diggers, dealers and doers – 20 people who made Kalgoorlie great, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the exhibition featured 20 stories of individuals who had lived, worked and changed Kalgoorlie over the past 116 years.

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  • 10 May 2010

    WA Museum special opening to honour our heroes Victoria Cross medals from Gallipoli on display

    The Western Australian Museum – Perth will open specially this ANZAC Day, Sunday 25 April, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm and on the ANZAC Day public holiday, Monday 26 April from 9.30am – 5.00pm, so that people can visit the exhibition This company of brave men; the Gallipoli VCs.

    Chief Executive Officer of the WA Museum Alec Coles said it was important for the Museum to be open on ANZAC Day so visitors attending the parade and services could also visit the Museum to see first hand the extraordinary stories associated with the nine Gallipoli Victoria Cross medals.

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  • 10 May 2010

    Earthquake rattled collections assessed by conservation experts

    Conservation staff from the Western Australian Museum will be in Kalgoorlie-Boulder this Thursday, April 29 to provide advice to local heritage organisations on collections that were damaged in last week’s earthquake.

    Ulli Broeze-Hoernemann and Richard Garcia will be running a free seminar looking at the range and type of damage sustained by collections in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area.

    The seminar will also include advice for conservation treatments for damaged objects and repacking and storing artefacts that may have been moved during the tremors.

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  • Illustration of an eruption of Mount Vesuvius

    10 May 2010

    A Day in Pompeii to erupt in Western Australia

    Western Australians will have a unique opportunity to experience one of the world's most fascinating cities in a new exhibition at the Western Australian Museum – Perth.  

    Tourism Minister Liz Constable and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced today announced that the Museum would host the highly successful exhibition A Day in Pompeii from May 21 to September 12, 2010.

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