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  • "Gloved hands are pulling out a drawer filled with perfectly preserved jewel beetles."

    11 Dec 2017

    The WA Collections Sector Working Group - December 2017

    The Collections Sector Working Group (CSWG) held its first meeting on 19 July 2016.  The purpose of the Working Group is to respond to a series of structural and funding changes in the collections sector and consider how to meet the highest strategic priorities of the sector. 

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    Alec Coles

  • People celebrate the Yes vote, waving LGBQTI flags and a large screen in the background has YES displayed

    30 Nov 2017

    Love wins in WA

    Image copyright WA Museum 

    The New Museum for WA will reflect our State’s past, present and future.  Moments in our history will be shared through the new exhibitions using first-person stories, important objects, and incredible new displays.

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    Erika Jellis

  • Man stands on ladder reaching to prune grapevine.

    30 Nov 2017

    Australia's oldest grapevine?

    You’ve probably heard the term ‘heritage buildings’, but what about ‘heritage plants’?  On the site of the New Museum we have grapevines that are part of WAs heritage. They are being meticulously cared for while construction is taking place.

    Image copyright WA Museum 

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    New Museum Project

  • Two woman stand at a table talking, on the table are three spears from the WAM collection.

    30 Nov 2017

    Pride of place: Wadjuk/Whadjuk boodja

    When visitors come to the New Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020, they will be welcomed onto Wadjuk/Whadjuk land.  As the host peoples of the land on which the New Museum is being developed, we are working closely with Wadjuk/Whadjuk community members to determine ways to represent their stories, traditions and cultural materials in the exhibitions and design.

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    New Museum Project

  • 29 Nov 2017

    Welcome to Western Australia! The spirit of campground hosts

    In the Voices gallery of the New Museum we are showcasing the spirit of our people, including the ways in which Western Australians come together through volunteering and other community activities.

    In Western Australia’s national parks there are a number of special volunteers who make camping and travelling in WA a truly unique experience. Campground hosts are volunteers with the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and they support the vital work of national park rangers.

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    New Museum Project

  • three toddlers and two adults sit around a table crafting

    29 Nov 2017

    The way we play

    In the Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA a group of inquisitive and curious and children have been participating in new hands-on programs, and letting us know what they think.  As they play, explore, experiment and solve problems they are also helping us shape new programs for young audiences that will be delivered in the New Museum.

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    New Museum Project

  • End violence against women 16DaysInWA

    25 Nov 2017

    16 Days in WA

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

    It is also preventable.

    From Saturday 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.

    Violence against women includes physical, psychological, economic, emotional abuse and sexual assault. It is a violation of human rights.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

    An international team of archaeologists, including scientists from The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, has discovered a new communal grave in the Abrolhos Islands, the result of deaths after a shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Batavia.

     

     

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    Mara Pritchard

  • Man stands next to the BIF Slab

    23 Oct 2017

    What is the BIF slab?

    It weighs 8.8 tonne (roughly a third the weight of a bus), it’s 2.5 metres high and 3 metres wide (one and half time higher and three and half times wider than an average doorway), and it’s about 3,000 million years old.

    And it tells the story of Western Australia.

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    New Museum Project

  • 18 Oct 2017

    Competition - London's Calling!

    Fill out an entry form at the Art Gallery WA while you are visiting the Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures exhibition for your chance to win an amazing trip for two to London.

    The winner will also get an awesome prize pack including a bespoke Rusty surfboard, a polaroid camera and a "behind the seams" tour of the Angels Costume house - the largest privately owned collection of costume for film, theatre and television anywhere in the world.

    Good luck!

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "Two boys looking in awe at a ferocious dinosaur."

    27 Sep 2017

    Giant dinosaurs roar into Perth

    Western Australians are getting up close and personal with some of the giants of the Cretaceous period at the WA Museum's new Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Dual images show portraits of Shona Coyne (left) and Lindsay Dean (right)

    26 Sep 2017

    Liaising with the Great Southern

    Lindsay Dean and Shona Coyne have been engaged as Community Liaison Officers in the Great Southern region.

    Community Liaison Officer engagements focus on projects being developed for the New Museum in collaboration with Aboriginal communities.

     

    What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture, people and Dreaming stories in the Great Southern.

    Lindsay Dean 2017

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    Erika Jellis

  • 26 Sep 2017

    Exmouth anniversary

    We were delighted to help celebrate the town of Exmouth’s 50 year anniversary with the 'Memory Room' project.

    For three days of anniversary celebrations (15-17 September) we turned part of the new Ningaloo Centre into the ‘Memory Room’ - a space for sharing photographs and stories about the history of the town.

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    Erika Jellis

  • "A body cast of one of the victims of Pompeii, featured in the exhibition."

    26 Sep 2017

    Hot new Pompeii exhibition now on

    The courage of the Roman navy as its commander and sailors tried to save lives in the wake of the devastating Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD is at the centre of a new exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

    Now open, Escape from Pompeii: the untold Roman rescue, has incredible objects such as gold jewellery, amphora, glassware and food items such as a loaf of bread ‒ all remarkably preserved in the ash and debris.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 26 Sep 2017

    Peeking behind the scenes

    Last month a group of curators and managers from the Local Government Museums Network (LGMN) explored the Museum's Collection and Research Centre (CRC) in Welshpool. 

    Walking in to the CRC is like entering a treasure trove - with incredible artefacts, extraordinary specimens and wondrous objects. The WA Museum is the custodian of the State’s collection of more than 8.5 million objects and specimens mostly stored at the CRC.

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    Erika Jellis

  • 22 Sep 2017

    Surprised while sunbathing on Binningup Beach

    Back in 1984, Theresa and Kathleen were minding their own business while sunbathing on Binningup Beach (just north of Bunbury), when they heard a terrifying noise. At first they thought it was a gun-shot. They certainly never suspected they were about to become part of WA history.

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    Erika Jellis