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Fiddling while the Reef dissolves….

An opinion piece by Australian Museum Director, Frank Howarth A lot has been said lately about the impact of sea level rise on coastal suburbs, and on low lying coral islands, but there is a more insidious threat to coral islands than rising oceans.

By: Frank Howarth, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 17 Dec 2009

An exhibition on torture?

In 2003 we were considering hosting an exhibition on Medieval Torture from the Museo della tortua in San Gimignano, Italy. In considering this exhibition (which we decided against taking for a range of reasons) we undertook a front-end evaluation which I am posting here as background for our planned All About Evil exhibition.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 17 Dec 2009

Visitors Interest in Gold

Highlights from a study into understanding audiences’ interests, prior knowledge, attitudes and feelings associated with gold. This research was undertaken in conjunction with Sovereign Hill Museums Association in 2001.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 16 Dec 2009

Copenhagen

Tough negotiations begin.

By: Parrys Raines, Category: Science, Date: 16 Dec 2009

Copenhagen

The first week of the Copenhagen Climate Conference.

By: Parrys Raines, Category: Science, Date: 13 Dec 2009

How do I incorporate the web into my daily work practices?

Some of the biggest challenges I’m finding at the moment is helping staff here think not about how to incorporate the web into their work practices but thinking about how do I use the website to make my job easier. Find some strategies and tips here.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 11 Dec 2009

Students show their cultural objects

We went to a school in Sydney to find out what cultural objects are personally significant to Year 5 students. What we found was intriguing and, in some cases, quite moving.

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 10 Dec 2009

The Participatory Museum

Went to a talk on The Participatory Museum given by Nina Simon on 9 December as part of the Powerhouse Museum's Innovation Series. Here's my notes.

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 10 Dec 2009

Thumbs up for climate change exhibition

The Australian Museum’s recent exhibition Climate change: our future, your choice has received an award from Museums and Galleries NSW.

By: Catherine Cooper, Category: Science, Date: 09 Dec 2009

Has the cucumber changed its spots?

Recent research indicates the presence of a new species of sea cucumber at Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef.  

By: Prof Maria Byrne, Category: Science, Date: 09 Dec 2009