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  • 6 May 2016

    Discover "Beneath the Waves"

    One of the biggest marine biodiversity surveys in the world, led by researchers from the Western Australian Museum, has been turned into an interactive online documentary with multiple layers of learning thanks to production company Periscope Pictures and funding from ScreenWest.

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  • 22 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Professor Peter Veth and Professor Jo McDonald - The recursive nature of Aboriginal rock art in Australia

    The recursive nature of Aboriginal rock art in Australia: cultural transmissions through multiple media Transcript

    Jo: OK so Pete and I are going to do a double act today talking about some rock art research that we do both in the central part of Western Australia in the Western Desert, and then Pete will be talking about the Kimberley.

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  • Detail of the Dampier Marine Gallery - before the decant

    21 Apr 2016

    Dampier Marine Gallery Decant

    Western Australian Museum curators, staff and volunteers have begun the process of decanting the Dampier Marine Gallery (DMG) as part of preparations for the New Museum Project. The DMG is one of the final exhibition spaces to be cleared out, as galleries have been slowly closing to the public since December 2015.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    Harry Butler Research Centre Opened

    The brand new $17.6 million Western Australian Museum Research Centre in Welshpool was officially opened by Culture and the Arts Minister John Day in April 2016.

    The facility has been named in honour of the late Dr Harry Butler AO CBE, who was one of Australia's best known naturalists but also spent many years working with the WA Museum in the areas of education, fieldwork, advocacy and financial support through initiatives such as the Butler Bequest.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr JD Hill - Every Object Tells a Story

    Every object tells a story; but is it the object or the story teller that is most important? Transcript

    Hill: Good afternoon everybody. What I’d like to talk to you this afternoon about is objects and telling stories of objects, and use some of the objects in the A History of the World exhibition to illustrate what I want to talk about. What I want to really try and get to at the end of this talk is: ‘what makes a good object story?’ Curators, our job is objects.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr. Sven Ouzman - Stories in Stone

    Stories in stone: walking toward the future in the footsteps of our ancestors Transcript

    Sven Ouzman: Good morning everyone. I start with the acknowledgment for country not for politically correct reasons but because it’s necessary, because things could have been different. We’re not in an innocent space, we’re in a museum, museums are encumbered with particular imperial, colonial, post-colonial, Indigenous histories, and we’re talking about objects, objects that came from different places with different levels of consent for example.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Alec Coles - Making it Real

    Making it real: the changing nature of collections Transcript

    Alec Coles: I’ d like to begin obviously by acknowledging that we meet on Whadjuk Noongar land, and the Whadjuk people are the traditional custodians of this land. I pay my respect to their elders past and present, in the knowledge that where we meet and where we will build the new museum was in deep history a wetland of great significance to Whadjuk people.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - James Dexter - Welcome and Introduction

    Transcript

    James Dexter: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, my name is James Dexter, Director, Creative and Regional Development for the Western Australian Museum. Before I welcome you to today’s symposium I would like to acknowledge Whadjuk Noongar, traditional owners of this land on which we meet, and to pay my respects to their elders past and present. Welcome to Unwritten Stories: Objects, Power and Shared Histories, presented by the WA Museum and the University of WA.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Professor Steven Tingay & Charmaine Green - Listening to the stars

    Listening to the stars: cutting edge astrophysics meets Aboriginal ways of knowing through the antennas of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Transcript

    Steven Tingay: My name is Steven Tingay. I’m an astrophysicist by training and trade and as James prefaced I’ve been involved in building radio telescopes in order to study the universe all the way back to the big bang. So that’s my day job. In order to do this we need to build our radio telescopes in remote locations that are free from human-made radio interference.

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  • 21 Apr 2016

    AHOTW Symposium - Dr Moya Smith and Xavier Leenders - Sacred or Secular?

    Sacred or secular: the reimagining of ancient objects Transcript

    Moya Smith: One of the wonderful things about working in a multi-disciplinary museum and also in hosting exhibitions like A History of the World in 100 Objects is how it triggers conversation. As archaeologists when we think about objects, when we try and understand the ancient worlds, we ask ourselves a range of questions, teasing out ideas of things, people and the worlds they live in.

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  • Harry Butler Research Centre - exterior

    20 Apr 2016

    Harry Butler Research Centre - Percent for Art Scheme

    Government of Western Australia - Percent for Art Scheme Western Australian Museum - Collections and Research Centre Upgrade 2016

    Artists Margaret Dillon, Penny Bovell and Eveline Kotai drew upon the iconic imagery of the Western Australian Museum’s Collections and Research Centre to create the facility’s artwork. The artwork is integrated into three main areas of the facility, creating a conversation between the pieces and the Museum’s collections that both compliments the facility and reflects its philosophy of openness, growth and progression.

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