Join the staff and volunteers of the Australian National Maritime Museum as our collection comes to life in the spirit of Museum Dance Off 2018. Still: Kate Pentecost/ANMM.
Museum Dance Off 2018
We are a passionate bunch here at the Australian National Maritime Museum. We preserve and bring to life Australia’s maritime history, through exhibitions, public programs and even this blog, but rarely do we use dance as our primary communication medium.
I love taking the ferry. It’s like being a tourist in your own city. Image: ANMM.
Hi there! It’s been a while since I last wrote, as life has been rather busy. I’ve started some new duties recently. My human colleagues call this ‘job creep’ and seem not to like it, but I’m happy – we border collies like to be occupied!
Bailey, getting his paws into curating. Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM.
When I first came to the museum, people kept calling me a ‘salty sea dog’. I thought they meant it literally, as I sometimes fall in the harbour when I chase seagulls too enthusiastically – but no! A salty sea dog, it turns out, is someone who spends a lot of time on the water, not in it.
Lights, camera, action! Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM.
I just wanted to let you know that I’m going to be on TV tonight (not for the first time, I might add!). A while ago Dr Harry and the crew from Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens came to the museum for a natter and to see what I do and how well I do it. The segment is going to air tonight (Friday 4 November) at 7 pm. I hope you’ll all be watching!
It’s a tough job but I like a challenge. Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM.
Did you film my good side? Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM.
Glad it’s not me in the water with that shark! Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM.
When I first came to work here, my human colleagues had strict instructions never to let me inside the actual museum. Ha! That didn’t last long. My furry charm worked its magic, and today , after I’d had my bath and was all squeaky clean, I was invited to review our exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Bailey here again. Lately, I’ve learnt a new word, ‘viral’. This is what I have gone, people tell me. In the past few weeks I’ve had a lot of media attention: newspaper articles, TV appearances, social media mentions and radio interviews (tricky, those, when you’re a dog – luckily I have my trusty spokeshuman, Adrian, who is more articulate than me).
Portrait of a baby and a dog on a ship. Image: Samuel Hood / ANMM Collection 00023789.
Cats, dogs, monkeys and birds have been cherished on board ships for as long as people have made sea voyages. In a life from which children and families are usually missing, and are often very much missed, pets provide a focus for emotions and affection – although cats and dogs may have been expected to earn their keep catching mice and rats, too.
You can see by the mess on the wharves that my job here is not yet done. Image: Andrew Frolows / ANMM.
After six weeks here, I’m settling into the job nicely but still learning and discovering new things.
My enemies, the seagulls, have started to notice that I’m here to stay, and there aren’t as many as there used to be. When I started we had seagulls everywhere on the wharves, but now we have maybe five at a time. Those birds who’ve decided to stay have learnt to sit up on the vessels, out of my reach. Sooo frustrating!