What a museum without its collection? The stories we tell are imbued in the objects the museum collects and the conservation department is tasked with caring for these objects. Our conservation team look after a range of artefacts, from paper to paintings, ceramics, textiles and even archaeological material recovered from the seabed. From small coins to the HMB Endeavour replica, every object is condition reported, treated and conserved. The team monitor the environmental conditions our objects are either stored or displayed in, checking light levels, relative humidity and maintaining a stable temperature.
Join wacky expert Professor Pufferfish and field agent Greene McClean will find out what happens to the rubbish we leave behind. If it finds its way into our drains and waterways it can affect our wildlife and our environment. During this virtual excursion students work with our intrepid investigators to work out how we can all help in a practical way.
The Australian National Maritime Museum is proud to host award winning children’s author and artist Jeannie Baker for an exclusive chat. Join us as we talk to Jeannie about her new picture Circle. Find out about Jeannie, her background, her inspirations and what it like creating a picture book.
To celebrate the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney 200th anniversary, the Australian National Maritime Museum and Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney will offering a joint video conference for year 3 and 4 students History and Science.
The museum, in partnership with Drive Marine Services and The Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE), have joined together to host the inaugural Novice Canoe Building Challenge at the 2016 Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. The challenge requires teams of four high school students to construct a Bellinger Double Chine Canoe over three days at Festival. Brian Jones, Dave Giddings and the team from Drive Marine Services will be guiding the students through the construction process.
It all started with a discussion with my daughter, about the number of girls opting out of studying science because of negative stereotypes. She said it was such a shame that girls were not considering science as a worthwhile option to study. As an environmental scientist, she knows that those girls are locking themselves out of some amazing careers.
It has long been recognised that students (and teachers!) are important audiences for museums, through both visiting our physical sites and interacting with us online. The educational value of field trips is also widely understood, as outlined in this post: “Taking students to an art museum improves critical thinking skills, and more”.
At the museum we have a talented and dedicated group of 22 or so teacher guides who, each year, deliver over 1,000 onsite programs to around 35,000 students, along with being great ambassadors for the museum and our educational values.
Thanks to all of you for your substantial efforts this year and looking forward to working with you in 2015!
And for those interested, here’s some further resources on museum education:
- Griffin, J. (2011). The museum education mix: students, teachers and museum educators. In Griffin, D. and Paroissien, L. Understanding Museums: Australian Museums and Museology.
- Kelly, L. (2014). Student Learning in Museums: what do we know? Blog post.
- Kelly, L. (2011). Student learning in museums resources. Blog post.
- Museum Commons blog
- Museum Questions blog
- Museum Questions blog resource page