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  • Man stands next to the BIF Slab

    23 Oct 2017

    What is the BIF slab?

    It weighs 8.8 tonne (roughly a third the weight of a bus), it’s 2.5 metres high and 3 metres wide (one and half time higher and three and half times wider than an average doorway), and it’s about 3,000 million years old.

    And it tells the story of Western Australia.

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    New Museum Project

  • 18 Oct 2017

    Competition - London's Calling!

    Fill out an entry form at the Art Gallery WA while you are visiting the Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures exhibition for your chance to win an amazing trip for two to London.

    The winner will also get an awesome prize pack including a bespoke Rusty surfboard, a polaroid camera and a "behind the seams" tour of the Angels Costume house - the largest privately owned collection of costume for film, theatre and television anywhere in the world.

    Good luck!

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "Two boys looking in awe at a ferocious dinosaur."

    27 Sep 2017

    Giant dinosaurs roar into Perth

    Western Australians are getting up close and personal with some of the giants of the Cretaceous period at the WA Museum's new Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous exhibition.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Dual images show portraits of Shona Coyne (left) and Lindsay Dean (right)

    26 Sep 2017

    Liaising with the Great Southern

    Lindsay Dean and Shona Coyne have been engaged as Community Liaison Officers in the Great Southern region.

    Community Liaison Officer engagements focus on projects being developed for the New Museum in collaboration with Aboriginal communities.

     

    What a wonderful opportunity to showcase our culture, people and Dreaming stories in the Great Southern.

    Lindsay Dean 2017

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    Erika Jellis

  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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