What's New

  • 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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    Article
    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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    Article
    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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    Article
    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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    Article
    Erika Jellis

  • Young and older volunteers working at the catering station

    22 Sep 2017

    Dowerin Field Days volunteers

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    WA Museum staff Natalie Evans, Neville Dowson and Renae Woodhams headed to Dowerin in August to meet a group of dedicated volunteers who work behind the scenes to keep the GWN Machinery Field Days humming. This is what they found out.

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    Article
    Erika Jellis

  • The cover of Home Time by Campbell Whyte

    21 Sep 2017

    Back... with a book!

    Well, it's been a few weeks coming, but I am finally back on-line, following the demise of the weekly CEO News, encouraged by numerous expressions of dismay that CEO News had been terminated (not by me, I hasten to add...)

    I know that this is not quite the same, but let us see how it goes...

    My first 'CEO Blog' is to alert you to a book launch tomorrow night - not by the Museum, but by one of its staff, Engagement Officer, Campbell Whyte.

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    Article
    Alec Coles

  • "A close up image of the new spider. It is very big and is sitting on red dirt."

    15 Sep 2017

    What do Trapdoor Spiders, Cocktails and Dinosaurs have in Common?

    All will combine to create a wild cultural experience of fun and philanthropy at The Lost World: Night at the Museum. Guests of the Foundation for the WA Museum will have the chance to name a new WA species of the Trapdoor spider genus, Idiosoma, found in a small region of the northern Wheatbelt of WA, for a price!

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    Article
    Foundation for the WA Museum

  • "Christine and Ian standing in front of a bookcase. He is holding his certificate of appreciation."

    11 Sep 2017

    Congratulations Ian Mettam!

    We would like to congratulate one of our library volunteers Ian Mettam.

    Ian has been volunteering at the library every Wednesday for the last 12 years, tirelessly transcribing old catalogue cards for the digital Reprint Collection. This extensive project has taken 10 years to complete.

    In recognition of his hard work, the Museum’s librarian, Bobbie Bruce, recently had the pleasure of presenting Ian a Certificate of Appreciation.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • "A close up colour portrait shot of Jaimee Cockie."

    5 Sep 2017

    Follow the Dream: Work Experience with the WA Museum

    17 year old Jaimee Cockie spent a week with the Western Australian Museum on work experience.

    Jaimee is from Hamilton Hill Senior High School and will graduate at the end of 2017. After three months volunteering in Fiji next year, she will be attending Murdoch University. This placement was set up through her Follow the Dream coordinator and careers teacher at school.

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    Article
    Western Australian Museum

  • "Speaker Dr Franco Pirajno presents his talk."

    4 Sep 2017

    Lecture: Volcanic Eruptions and Pompeii

    'Civilisation exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice'

    Dr Franco Pirajno Senior Geoscientist, Geological Survey of Western Australia; Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia

    Franco Pirajno spent his childhood years in Pompeii and witnessed the 1944 eruption, which left an indelible influence in his young life. This experience led him to the Vesuvius Volcano Observatory where he obtained his doctorate in Geological Sciences following a thesis on volcanology.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Recently collected shell of Bothriembryon whitleyi from Geraldton

    25 Aug 2017

    Western Australian Museum fieldwork aims to make first live observation of rare snail

    Western Australian Museum scientists are in Geraldton looking for a land snail so rare it is presumed extinct.

    Bothriembryon whitleyi, commonly known as Whitley’s Tapered Snail, has never been observed live but shells collected recently indicate live specimens may exist. They were collected in the Geraldton area earlier this year and indicate living populations are likely.  

    WA Museum Technical Officer of Molluscs Corey Whisson said a field assessment of the species is needed, and winter is the best time to undertake one.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 'The Greenough leaning tree' by Geraldton photographer Ken Lawson shows a tree growing sideways under a star-filled night sky.

    26 Jul 2017

    Astrofest exhibition returns to Museum of Geraldton as part of National Science Week

    A stunningly beautiful astrophotography exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Geraldton from 28 July – 10 September 2017.

    Since its inception in 2009, Astrofest has become one of the largest science events in Western Australia, and is the only astronomy event of its kind and scale in Australia. The festival is an Astronomy WA event and is coordinated by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research.

    A highlight of the festival is the astrophotography exhibition, which is curated by Dr John Goldsmith of Celestial Visions.

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    News
    Sharna Craig

  • 26 Jul 2017

    WA Faces of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

    Kalgoorlie-Boulder was (and is) called the 'Land of the Kulgula's. It is the significant meeting place for the many nations in the Goldfields region. Seventy thousand years later we are still meeting here, living and celebrating our vibrant culture. 

    Tina, Kalgoorlie 2017

     

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    Article
    Erika Jellis

  • Two workers holding the straps around a large chiller.  The chiller is about to be craned onto the roof of the Art Gallery of WA

    21 Jul 2017

    Perth Cultural Centre wired for savings

    Check out this chiller being craned onto the Art Gallery of Western Australia's roof. It's part of the Perth Cultural Centre's new central energy plant, which is being delivered as part of the New Museum Project.  It is expected to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of the cultural buildings by up to 40 per cent from 2020. The plant’s full benefits will be realised after the New Museum opens in 2020.

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    New Museum Project