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  • 22 Feb 2018

    WA in Words

     

    Tim Winton, Joan London, May Gibbs, Albert Facey, Craig Silvey, The Triffids. These are just a few of the writers people are telling us have captured the spirit of Western Australia.

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    Erika Jellis

  • 22 Feb 2018

    The greatest moment in WA sporting history

    In the Voices gallery for the New Museum we are sharing stories about WA’s sporting history, the ways in which people from around our State participate in grass-roots sporting teams and how fans get ready for the big game.

    Like many Western Australians, we were excited about the opening of the new Optus Stadium. Our staff attended the event on 21 January to meet sports fans.

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    Erika Jellis

  • 22 Feb 2018

    Major construction under way

    Image courtesy of Multiplex

    Premier Mark McGowan and Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman recently visited the New Museum site to mark the official start of the major construction phase.

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    Erika Jellis

  • "10 hands are cut out from coloured paper with apologies written on them. They are stuck around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags."

    13 Feb 2018

    National Apology to the Stolen Generations

    On 13 February 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology on behalf of the Australian Parliament to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In particular to the Stolen Generations.

    The journey to a national apology began with the Bringing them Home report with recommendation 5a of the report stating,

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    Western Australian Museum

  • Four men in hard hats and hi-vis vests stand in discussion at the New Museum site.

    1 Feb 2018

    New Museum construction is under way

    The foundations are laid and the New Museum is rising up out of the ground!

    The project is now officially in construction phase and work is progressing at a rapid speed.

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    New Museum Project

  • "Holly and gold border surrounds Christmas text."

    21 Dec 2017

    From the Collections: Christmas cards

    In 1843, prominent English socialite and arts patron Henry Cole was inundated with seasonal greetings. In response, he commissioned the very first Christmas card.

    Friend and artist John Callcott Horsley created an illustration depicting acts of charity and the Cole family enjoying the festivities. Space was left so the card could be quickly personalised for the recipient.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "A group in the middle of a discussion. They are sat at a table covered by paper and pens."

    20 Dec 2017

    We want to hear from you

    The WA Museum is for everyone. This includes the 16% of Western Australians who identify as having a disability of some form (ABS, 2012).

    In 2007 we developed our first Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP), and have continually worked to improve and implement it across our organisation.

    As part of our disability services consultation we want to hear your feedback.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • "Gloved hands are pulling out a drawer filled with perfectly preserved jewel beetles."

    11 Dec 2017

    The WA Collections Sector Working Group - December 2017

    The Collections Sector Working Group (CSWG) held its first meeting on 19 July 2016.  The purpose of the Working Group is to respond to a series of structural and funding changes in the collections sector and consider how to meet the highest strategic priorities of the sector. 

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    Alec Coles

  • People celebrate the Yes vote, waving LGBQTI flags and a large screen in the background has YES displayed

    30 Nov 2017

    Love wins in WA

    Image copyright WA Museum 

    The New Museum for WA will reflect our State’s past, present and future.  Moments in our history will be shared through the new exhibitions using first-person stories, important objects, and incredible new displays.

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    Erika Jellis

  • Man stands on ladder reaching to prune grapevine.

    30 Nov 2017

    Australia's oldest grapevine?

    You’ve probably heard the term ‘heritage buildings’, but what about ‘heritage plants’?  On the site of the New Museum we have grapevines that are part of WAs heritage. They are being meticulously cared for while construction is taking place.

    Image copyright WA Museum 

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    New Museum Project

  • Two woman stand at a table talking, on the table are three spears from the WAM collection.

    30 Nov 2017

    Pride of place: Wadjuk/Whadjuk boodja

    When visitors come to the New Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre in 2020, they will be welcomed onto Wadjuk/Whadjuk land.  As the host peoples of the land on which the New Museum is being developed, we are working closely with Wadjuk/Whadjuk community members to determine ways to represent their stories, traditions and cultural materials in the exhibitions and design.

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    New Museum Project

  • 29 Nov 2017

    Welcome to Western Australia! The spirit of campground hosts

    In the Voices gallery of the New Museum we are showcasing the spirit of our people, including the ways in which Western Australians come together through volunteering and other community activities.

    In Western Australia’s national parks there are a number of special volunteers who make camping and travelling in WA a truly unique experience. Campground hosts are volunteers with the Parks and Wildlife Service in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and they support the vital work of national park rangers.

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    New Museum Project

  • three toddlers and two adults sit around a table crafting

    29 Nov 2017

    The way we play

    In the Discovery Zone at the State Library of WA a group of inquisitive and curious and children have been participating in new hands-on programs, and letting us know what they think.  As they play, explore, experiment and solve problems they are also helping us shape new programs for young audiences that will be delivered in the New Museum.

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    New Museum Project

  • End violence against women 16DaysInWA

    25 Nov 2017

    16 Days in WA

    Violence against women and girls is a serious issue across Australia.

    It is also preventable.

    From Saturday 25 November, the Museum will be helping to spread awareness of this community problem as part of the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

    Violence against women includes physical, psychological, economic, emotional abuse and sexual assault. It is a violation of human rights.

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    Western Australian Museum

  • 23 Nov 2017

    Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

    An international team of archaeologists, including scientists from The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, has discovered a new communal grave in the Abrolhos Islands, the result of deaths after a shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Batavia.

     

     

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    Mara Pritchard