Adventures of an education officer

Photo of Anne the education officer

Anne is the Education Officer at the museum.

A wise person once told me that the day you stop learning is the day you stop breathing. Never a truer statement could be made since I joined the museum as an education officer nearly eight months ago.

I have learnt a variety of amazing things from the small incidental knowledge such as wearing a skirt when visiting the submarine is not really advised, to the difference between a boat and a ship (when in doubt you can call them a vessel). The lee-side is not next to Lee, but a quieter area of the ocean out of the wind. I think I have nearly nailed port and starboard. I have also had training to plan and program lessons for schools also the many timetables and rosters for the on-site school visits as well as dressing up as a pirate. You could say my day is as interesting as it is educational.

Scuba diver searching the ocean floor during a reconnaissance trip to Frederick Reef October 2009

Photo from a reconnaissance trip to Frederick Reef October 2009. Copyright: Xanthe Rivett

This brings me to my next lesson. The education team is entering the world of video conferencing, which is a huge and exciting undertaking in its self. Imagine being able to share the museum with kids from all over Australia and potentially even the world. Our first video conference into schools has an extra degree of difficulty – we will be broadcasting from our maritime archaeology expedition at Ferguson Reef, off the coast of far north Queensland. So suddenly my learning curve has tilted to a near 90 angle.

However, all is not lost!

The best part of working in an organisation like this is that I have access to professional and generous people to help me on my learning journey. So over the next few weeks in particular I will be documenting my journey from learning about maritime archaeology, blogging and social media, and of course, understanding and working the video conferencing equipment.

Oh, the most exciting part – I will be going on the expedition as well so I will be on the scene to tell you what is happening up there.

Education Officer

9 thoughts on “Adventures of an education officer

  1. “I have learnt a variety of amazing things from the small incidental knowledge such as wearing a skirt when visiting the submarine is not really advised, to the difference between a boat and a ship (when in doubt you can call them a vessel).” Ahahaha! This sounds *exactly* like my first few weeks working at the ANMM. Thanks Anne, for the laugh & for bringing back fond memories.

    • Hi Clare,
      I’m glad that I was able to give you a laugh. Hope you enjoy my next blogs (coming soon).

  2. My father used to always say, “When I stop learning, please close the lid.” Pretty much the same. I’d like to know if much has been found of WWII equipment been found in Australian waters?

    • Hi Pacificparatrooper,
      I like that saying as well. It true there is always something that we can learn. Which brings me to your question I will forward it to one of the curators here and get back to on the WWII question.

      Wow that was quick our Maritime Archaelogy Manager has answered.
      Depends what he means – if he is talking about WWII excess equipment, munitions and gas – then they tended to be dumped in official Commonwealth Govt. Disposal areas – each state had at least one with some having two or three of these deepwater disposal sites – some of these sites have been investigate (the one off Rottnest Island in Western Australia) whilst many – due to extreme depth, location and the hazardous nature of some of the material (explosives, poison gas) have been left very much alone.

      If he is talking about WWII standing defences and war losses some states (New South Wales, Western Australia, N.T.) have carried out extensive research, one of these (N.T.) has just undertaken a massive research and recovery program in Darwin harbour whilst W.A. has undertaken a lot of work associated with the aircraft off Broome.

      For info on those project best to contact

      Heritage Branch
      Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport
      PO Box 496
      PALMERSTON NT 0831
      Tel: (08) 8999 5532
      Fax: (08) 8999 8949


      Western Australian Museum
      Maritime Archaeology Department
      45-47 Cliff Street
      FREMANTLE WA 6160
      Tel: (08) 9212 3700
      Fax: (08) 9431 8489

  3. Great blog Anne! Looking forward to reading your stories from the Fergusson Reef expedition.

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