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  • A group of children gathered around a table of museum artefacts

    3 Sep 2010

    National Science Week 2010 - meet the scientists

    On Friday 20 August 2010 the Western Australian Museum bought the back-of-the-house to the front and invited members of the public to meet the curators and scientists.

    This short vodcast was shot to highlight some of the action on the day and documents what was a fun day for young and old.

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    31 Aug 2010

    Creature Feature: The Japanese Shame-Faced Crab

    The Japanese Shame-Faced Crab, Calappa japonica Ortmann, 1892.

    The Japanese shame-faced crab was originally discovered in Tokyo Bay, Japan but has since been found as far away as Africa and can be found in depths up to ~250 m. This spectacular red and yellow crab was first reported in Western Australia only as recently as 1989 when crayfishers, off Rottnest Island, caught an unfortunate specimen in a craypot. The specimen in the photos was collected this year, near Ningaloo reef in 230 m.

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  • Glenys Wootton presents her talk

    31 Aug 2010

    "Celadus ... adored by the girls!": Gladiators in Pompeii

    Asst/Prof Glenys Wootton Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia

    Join Glenys Wootton as she discusses how the remains of this ancient city provide an opportunity to explore the public fascination with gladiatorial combat, the most famous of all Roman spectacles.

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  • 31 Aug 2010

    Museum vodcasts are streaming in (bad pun I know)

    One thing we didn’t quite expect when we published this website, was the volume of vodcasts and videos that we would be accommodating; a very welcome surprise.

    We were initially planning for the release of one vodcast or one video per week, produced by the web team. But now that we have an ever-growing video presence, and lots of people within the Museum wanting to contribute, our current video index page is already growing out of its capacity and we’ve already had to increase publishing to two videos per week.

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  • Projection of lava flowing over the steps to the entrance to the WA Museum

    25 Aug 2010

    'Volcano erupts' in the Perth Cultural Centre

    The Day in Pompeii experience starts early for evening visitors to the WA Museum – they will now be crossing a sea of ‘bubbling lava’ thanks to cinematic technology and the same techniques used in animated video games like Shrek.

    A unique animated display on the Museum steps will set the Perth Cultural Centre ablaze with ‘lava’, providing a new dimension to the extraordinary exhibition. Commencing this Friday (27 August 2010), the projections will appear daily from 4.00pm to 7.30pm and from 4.00pm to 9.30pm on Fridays.

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  • A girl seated at a microscope

    25 Aug 2010

    Spider Girl - Today Tonight story on Frances Harvey

    Channel 7's Today Tonight program featured young scientist Frances Harvey on its 20 July 2010 episode. Frances Harvey, daughter of the Museum's Head of Terrestrial Zoology, won the the state BioGeneius Challenge for her research project on spiders, and was flown to Chicago to compete against the international finalists. At the age of 15 Frances is already performing DNA sequencing and identifying new species!

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  • A projection of lava on the steps of the museum

    24 Aug 2010

    A Day in Pompeii - 'bubbling lava'

    Starting 27 September, 2010, and continuing every Friday at the Western Australian Museum - Perth until Friday 10 September 2010, projections of lava will flow over the steps of the Museum to greet our visitors to a Night in Pompeii, our late night A Day in Pompeii viewing.

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  • 23 Aug 2010

    August 24 anniversary of Mt Vesuvius eruption

    Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD and buried the ancient Roman town of Pompeii and its neighbour Herculaneum, killing about 2,000 people.

    The blockbuster exhibition A Day in Pompeii at the Western Australian Museum - Perth provides a vivid account of this event and WA Museum chief executive officer Alec Coles said that people booking tickets to see the exhibition tomorrow would be given a free ticket for every one purchased.

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  • Profile Clay Bryce, presenter of this talk

    23 Aug 2010

    Collecting marine life in the Kimberley

    Clay Bryce Senior Project Officer, Aquatic Zoology

    Since 1976 the WA Museum has been investigating the marine fauna in the Kimberley creating an immense body of marine biodiversity knowledge for the region. This research has continued to the present day.

    Join Clay Bryce on a journey that will take you from historic biological collecting practices through to today's modern methods. And all this done in the sometimes hair-raising territory of sharks and crocodiles!

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  • Museum of the Great Southern redevelopment

    16 Aug 2010

    Museum of the Great Southern redevelopment

    Through 2010, the Museum of the Great Southern underwent a major refurbishment of its long term exhibitions. The refurbished gallery went live on 1 July 2010.

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  • 13 Aug 2010

    West Australians offered special rate for rare exhibition duo

    In the last two weeks of August a joint ticket deal is being offered for the Western Australian Museum’s A Day in Pompeii and the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s upcoming exhibition event, Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice.

    Joint tickets for the two exhibitions are on sale at a special discounted rate of $30.00 and can be purchased through BOCS Ticketing or at the A Day in Pompeii ticketing desk at the WA Museum.

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  • 13 Aug 2010

    Biodiversity in the 'burbs

    Dr Ric How Senior Curator, Terrestrial Zoology

    Do city dwellers know what's in their backyard, parklands and ponds? What remains of the original native vegetation in expanding urban areas is the last refuge for an amazing diversity of animals that originally lived in the area.

    Join Dr Ric How as he describes our understanding of what fauna remains in suburbia, its biology and its habitat requirements.

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  • 9 Aug 2010

    WA Museum pays tribute to maritime enthusiast

    Geraldton historian Max Cramer was one of the driving forces behind the push for a suitable museum in which to house the relics from early shipwrecks off the Mid West coast.

    WA Museum – Geraldton advisory committee chair Malcolm Smith said Mr Cramer had been keenly interested in maritime history, particularly the history surrounding the Dutch East India Company wrecks in the Geraldton and Abrolhos areas.

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  • Close up of a Black Cockatoo

    9 Aug 2010

    Cockatoos in crisis

    Ron Johnstone Curator of Ornithology, Terrestrial Zoology

    Baudin's and Carnaby's Cockatoos are listed as endangered, and the Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo as threatened. All have suffered a substantial loss of habitat and a decline in numbers. Baudin's Cockatoo faces the paradox of being listed as endangered and declared as an agricultural pest to commercial orchards which is a challenging plight indeed.

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  • Ron Johnstone presents his talk

    3 Aug 2010

    Seabirds of Western Australia

    Ron Johnstone Curator of Ornithology, Terrestrial Zoology

    Seabirds are great bio-indicators of the marine environment from the equator to the poles. The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean covering 20% of the Earth's surface. Over the past 40 years there have been dynamic changes in the distributions, status and abundance of many of the seabirds occurring in Western Australia and the eastern Indian Ocean region including Indonesia, Christmas and Cocos-Keeling Islands, the Timor Sea, the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic.

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  • 2 Aug 2010

    Historic Samson House to come under National Trust umbrella

    The Western Australian Museum and the National Trust of Australia (WA) have successfully negotiated the transfer of the historic home of Fremantle’s longest serving Mayor, Sir Frederick Samson.

    WA Museum Chief Executive Officer Alec Coles said he was delighted that Samson House was now in the care of the Trust.

    “There are many benefits for Sir Frederick’s former home by placing it with the National Trust of Australia (WA) whose core business is the conservation and interpretation of historic properties,” Mr Coles said.

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  • Screen grab from the Western Australian Museum - Perth webpage

    29 Jul 2010

    WA Museum’s new website

    The Western Australian Museum’s new website is now live, giving its world wide audience an vibrant insight into one of Australia’s premier centres of cultural and scientific excellence.
    WA Museum chief executive officer Alec Coles said that 13 years ago the Museum had been among the first of the nation’s cultural institutions to develop a website and the new version was a quantum leap in terms of technology and access.

    “It revolutionises the way the Museum uses online technologies, including visitor access to online services,” Mr Coles said.

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  • 23 Jul 2010

    Nick Cave - the exhibition set-up

    This video shows the WA Museum's exhibition and design installation team setting-up Nick Cave - the exhibition which showed at the Western Australian Museum - Perth from May 23 - July 19 2009. The Victorian Art Centre curated and designed this exhibition. This video is a time lapse recording with one frame taken every 72 seconds over a five day period.

    This film was recorded in late May 2009 by the talented and famous Julian Featherston of Two Feathers.

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  • Aerial view of an exhibition bump in process

    22 Jul 2010

    Nick Cave – the exhibition set-up

    This video shows the WA Museum's exhibition and design installation team setting-up Nick Cave - the exhibition which showed at the Western Australian Museum - Perth from May 23 - July 19 2009. The Victorian Art Centre curated and designed this exhibition. This video is a time lapse recording with one frame taken every 72 seconds over a five day period.

    This film was recorded in late May 2009 by the talented and famous Julian Featherston of Two Feathers.

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    15 Jul 2010

    Darwin’s Opera House Barnacle - species of the month

    Calantica darwini Jones & Hosie, 2009

    Described and named only last year, these tiny stalked barnacles are only known from the deep water off the coast of north Western Australia and are easily overlooked due to their small size (<1 cm in height!) and their habit of attaching to the branches of deep sea corals. With a bit of imagination, a cluster of these tiny barnacles resembles the Sydney Opera House, hence their common name.

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