20 Jun 2018
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30 May 2018
Cummins Range carbonatite under a petrographic microscope.
Image copyright WA Museum
New Museum Project
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.
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.
30 Apr 2018
New Museum Project
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.
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
20 Apr 2018
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.
22 Feb 2018
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
1 Feb 2018
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.