New Museum

  • 30 May 2018

    Volunteers Helping to Shape the New Museum

    In the New Museum Voices gallery we have a story area that looks at the way Western Australians like to relax and be entertained. And for Perth, no entertainment story would be complete without a focus on Northbridge.

    To help us develop this story, one of the Museum’s wonderful volunteers explored aspects of the history of the area, from the early twentieth century to today.

    Josh joined our History Department volunteer team after completing a student placement for his Masters of Heritage Studies at the University of Western Australia.

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  • "A group of workers stop of a break on top of a railway line."

    30 May 2018

    World Record History

    Marani Greatorex is a cadet with the WA Museum. She worked on the World Track Laying Record exhibition, engaging with community members to record and share their story.

    She writes about the project and how it’s being developed for the New Museum.

    World Record History:

    On May 8, 1968 a track laying crew involving mostly Torres Strait Islander workers broke the world record for laying the greatest length of railway in a single day.

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  • "Chapel with religious cross and alter with yellow and white fabric within a stone building."

    30 Apr 2018

    Heritage Trail Drawing Tourists to Regional WA

    In the New Museum Voices gallery we’re looking at how regional Western Australia has changed over time and the creative ways communities are sustaining their local economy. 

    Mullewa is a farming community in the heart of the Mid-West located an hour's drive east from Geraldton.  The surrounding areas farm wheat and cereal and the town is a central location for processing and distributing grains.  It is also a great location to see Western Australia’s spectacular wildflowers.

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  • "Two young women talking at a table, taxidermied penguin in a perspex case in the foreground."

    30 Apr 2018

    Young People’s Bright Ideas for the New Museum

    This month our staff attended the Youth Week KickstART Festival in the Perth Cultural Centre to connect with young people. We ran two programs to find out about the issues that are important to them, and to give them a taste of the kinds of programming they might experience in the New Museum.

    Museum of Us – Our Community, Your Voice

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  • Cone shaped flower with red prongs with yellow tips in a bushland.

    20 Apr 2018

    Call out for Artists – Community Project, Banksia Woodlands Mural

    Community Art Project, Banksia Woodlands Mural Request for Proposal

    The New Museum Project seeks to engage an artist to create a mural of banksia woodland habitat with a community of young people/children. The mural will be a component of an activated community space in the Life gallery of the New Museum when it opens 2020.

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  • "Three people at a boardroom table smile for the camera while one signs a document."

    22 Feb 2018

    Yawuru Voices in the New Museum

    The WA Museum and Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), outlining a commitment to engage with Aboriginal peoples from Broome, and identify ways local stories could be shared in the New Museum.

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  • "Long wooden handcrafted bowl in the shape of a long deep dish"

    22 Feb 2018

    Using our Collection to Inspire Art

    Dr Moya Smith, Head of Anthropology and Archaeology, teamed up with renowned ceramicist Stewart Scambler to run a unique workshop for Perth Festival. In this masterclass students examined and discussed water carrying objects from WA Aboriginal communities and other cultures. They then made their own water carrier from terracotta clay.

    One of the objects Dr Smith showed at the workshop was an oolarda

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  • "A man and a woman reading Western Australian literature outside the Inflatable Museum."

    22 Feb 2018

    WA in Words

    Tim Winton, Joan London, May Gibbs, Albert Facey, Craig Silvey, The Triffids.

    These are just a few of the writers people are telling us have captured the spirit of Western Australia.

    This information is coming through WA in Words, an online portal for public to share their thoughts about works that paint a literary picture of our State. The submissions are being used to aid content for two New Museum galleries.

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  • "A Mum and Dad are surrounded by their four children. Everyone is wearing sporting gear with tennis rackets."

    22 Feb 2018

    The Greatest Moment in WA Sporting History

    In the Voices gallery for the New Museum we are sharing stories about WA’s sporting history, the ways in which people from around our State participate in grass-roots sporting teams and how fans get ready for the big game.

    Like many Western Australians, we were excited about the opening of the new Optus Stadium. Our staff attended the event on 21 January to meet sports fans.

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  • 22 Feb 2018

    Major Construction Under Way

    Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman recently visited the New Museum site to mark the official start of the major construction phase.

    The milestone comes after the State Government signed the Stage Two agreement with Managing Contractor, Multiplex.  This locks in the construction sum to design and build the New Museum.

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  • "Man with silver beard wearing turban laughs, his eyes are closed."

    22 Feb 2018

    Home is where your heart is

    In the New Museum we are exploring stories about what it means to be Western Australian.

    Through a partnership with the Centre for Stories, we’ve been working with eight Western Australians who shared their stories about why they choose to live in WA, and what home means to them.

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  • Four men in hard hats and hi-vis vests stand in discussion at the New Museum site.

    1 Feb 2018

    New Museum construction is under way

    The foundations are laid and the New Museum is rising up out of the ground!

    The project is now officially in construction phase and work is progressing at a rapid speed.

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