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  • End violence against women 16DaysInWA

    16 Nov 2018

    16 Days in WA

    Violence against women and girls is a serious issue across Australia.

    It is also preventable.

    From Sunday 25 November, the Museum will be helping to spread awareness of this community problem as part of the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

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  • 13 Nov 2018

    WA Museum Maritime Archaeology Advisory Committee

    The Western Australian Museum is seeking expressions of interest from members of the community to join its Maritime Archaeology Advisory Committee.

    The primary role of the Advisory Committee is to advise the CEO of the Museum on matters relating to shipwrecks and underwater cultural heritage. In particular, this involves advice on the implementation of the Commonwealth Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 (now amended to the Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018) and the State Maritime Archaeology Act 1973.

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  • 7 Nov 2018

    Museum pays tribute to the fallen with 10,000 hand-crafted cascading poppies

    More than 10,000 hand-crocheted poppies will cascade 20 meters down from the Museum of the Goldfields’ Ivanhoe headframe to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, and the world’s hope for a peaceful future.

    The Museum of the Goldfields will host the official dedication of the commemorative installation Poppies for Peace on Sunday 11 November from 9am to 10am. The ceremony will conclude with those who attend being asked to contribute to the installation by placing poppies in the grassed area surrounding the headframe.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 29 Oct 2018

    New WA coral discovery provides hope for future of reefs

    A team of scientists from the Western Australian Museum and universities in Australia and Japan has discovered a new species of coral in waters off the coast of north western WA, offering insight into which coral species are adapting in areas where climate change has had a severe impact.

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    Hillary Henry

  • Children walking on stilt-like equipment in a play space

    24 Oct 2018

    Perth Cutural Centre play space is open to explore

    When major construction of the New Museum got under way, we had to install hard fences around the Museum to secure the site and protect visitors as they walked past.

    The play space in the Perth Cultural Centre needed to be within this fence line, as it was right in the middle of an area where scaffolding and equipment was being installed.

    We know the space play space is popular with young people and their families so a new home was planned within the Cultural Centre.

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  • 24 Oct 2018

    Albany student exhibition inspired by Artists of the World

    Imaginative sculptures, paintings and pop art inspired by some of the best known artists in the world, and created by local primary school students, are going on display at the Museum of the Great Southern from tomorrow, Thursday 25 October.

    Spencer Park Primary School’s biennial art exhibition showcases artwork from more than 300 students, including from the Spencer Park Education Support Centre. The theme for the exhibition is Artists of the World, with students’ work inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and a host of other world-renowned artists.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 5 Sep 2018

    Exhibition brings Ancient Rome to WA for the first time

     

    A new exhibition that transports visitors back 2,000 years to one of the most epic, technologically significant times in the history of mankind will open in Western Australia for the first time.

    Ancient Rome: Explore the Empire that Shaped the World opens at the Museum of the Goldfields on Saturday 15 September and will tour both regional and metro WA Museums.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 21 Aug 2018

    A Ticket to Paradise?

     

    A Greek girl sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met, an African journalist fleeing for his life, and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents. They’re just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? opening Saturday 1 September at the Museum of Geraldton.

    The touring exhibition from the National Archives of Australia examines the rich diversity of Australian immigrants and the government’s ambitious plans after World War Two to encourage mass migration.

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    Hillary Henry

  • "Old b&w photo shows three young men looking at large whale skeleton."

    14 Aug 2018

    Name the Blue Whale

    We’re calling for the people of WA to help us give our whale a name.

    We were inspired by our colleagues at the Natural History Museum in London, whose stunning blue whale skeleton went on display last year.  They named their whale Hope, as a symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future.

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  • "A woman holds up a small chalkboard that reads 'Karla'. Text reads 'Home'."

    13 Aug 2018

    One State, many languages

    The New Museum will share stories from all over Western Australia, focusing on the many communities and cultures that make up our State.  We are encouraging people to share stories in the way they would like them told, and in the language that is important to them.

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  • 13 Aug 2018

    Remarkable images of nature on show at WA Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle

     

    The 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year collection is now on display at the WA Shipwrecks Museum in Cliff St, Fremantle, until Sunday 26 August.

    It includes a visually striking image of a crowd of spider crabs (Leptomithrax gaimardii) and a predatory Maori octopus (Octopus maorum), which is the overall winner of the annual competition run by the South Australian Museum.

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    Hillary Henry

  • 13 Aug 2018

    Build-a-Bug

    All insects have: three main body parts, three pairs of legs (six all together), skeletons on the outside of their body (exoskeletons), specialised eyes, mouths and legs for their way of life.

    To communicate these fabulous facts in a fun way we developed a 'Build-a-Bug' activity. It is a fun activity where children and their famillies can mix up the elements of an insect to design their own crazy critter. This will be part of the programs available in the Life gallery.

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  • "A woman looks a young girl, who looks back at her smiling."

    13 Aug 2018

    Because of Her, We Can

    Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and the roles they play in supporting family and community will be featured throughout the New Museum. 

    We are consulting with people from around the State to share stories about women who have influenced the lives of others and championed the rights of Aboriginal people in our State.

    So when the theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week was announced we were really excited to get involved and hear more about the incredible women of Western Australia. 

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  • "Construction site showing large metal structural beams against a blue sky."

    13 Aug 2018

    Steel Trusses Soar Above Site

    The steel trusses are in place for the New Museum. Image copyright WA Museum 

    If you haven’t noticed already, the New Museum is BIG! 

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    New Museum Project

  • 13 Aug 2018

    Transcribing a Snapshot in Time

    The Museum's Library is celebrating another milestone.

    Starting in 2005, Anne Gunson is our most senior volunteer. Recently she completed the monumental task of cataloguing and transcribing David Ride’s 42 field notebooks.

    David Ride was the Director of the Western Australian Museum from 1952-74. His travels throughout WA during his time with the Museum were extensive and his collection of specimens remains remarkable.

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