It’s a dog’s life: An update from Bailey

Ready for the Family Fun Sunday. Image: Annalice Creighton / ANMM.

Ready for Talk Like a Pirate Family Fun Sunday. Image: Annalice Creighton / ANMM.

Hi there!

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).

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Using Twitter to provide virtual tours

Rough Medicine

Rough Medicine was used to experiment with virtual tours via social media.

The Australian National Maritime Museum Learning team and the NSW Department of Education have embraced the use of social media to communicate and share exhibition content with teachers.

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The Rough Medicine – Life and Death in the Age of Sail exhibition at the ANMM was shared online via Twitter through a series of live tweets containing photos, website links, video and 360° footage of the key objects on display. This content was then collated through Storify creating a long term re-usable resource for teachers to use in the classroom.

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That’s a wrap! History Week 2013

Lead imageLast week we had the pleasure of hosting a History Week event here at the museum – From Glass-plate to Cyber-space. As the theme was Picture This, we decided to talk about how sharing the museum’s collection online has completely transformed it and we invited representatives from other cultural institutions to do the same. As promised, we organised our photographer *cough* absolute lifesaver *cough* to record the event for those of you who couldn’t make it along. Enjoy! Continue reading

From Collections to Connections – Insights from a Curatorial/ Web Content Intern

Mariko Smith at her desk
Mariko Smith, Curatorial/Web Content Intern

Hi, I’m Mariko Smith, and I’ll be working at the Australian National Maritime Museum until late January 2012, as part of an internship course for a Master of Museum Studies at the University of Sydney.

This is actually my second internship at the museum – I completed my first one earlier this year in the curatorial department, working closely with the Indigenous Communities collection. This collection consists of various objects, mainly artworks, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. That internship involved reviewing and organising image reproduction approvals from various stakeholders, so the museum could use images of the objects in this collection on its online collections database resource, eMuseum.

This time around, I’m back in curatorial (even at my old desk), working with the Indigenous Communities collection, but with a new twist. To start off, I’ll be continuing my previous work on image reproduction approvals and updating internal object and maker records – this time for a specific selection of objects chosen by senior curator, Lindsey Shaw.

However, I will also be working with web content development officer, Carli Collins to share this interesting selection of traditional bark paintings and artefacts, contemporary artworks and shell jewellery with the public, through the museum’s website and social media streams, such as Facebook, Twitter and of course this blog!

Before I started here, I wasn’t really aware of how much the museum was involved with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their cultural heritage. Now I have a greater appreciation of the rich and diverse connections many Indigenous Australians have with water and the sea.

I look forward to sharing my experiences throughout this internship with you.

Stay tuned!


Setting sail for 2011: Planet Shark inhabits ANMM

Happy new year!

We’re currently experiencing one of our busiest visiting periods here at the Australian National Maritime Museum. It’s a great time to consider visiting us as the atmosphere at the museum and surrounding Darling Harbour is buzzing!

Planet Shark – Predator or Prey is the highlight of our summer program, with kids and adults alike enjoying learning about the 350 different species of shark living in our oceans today.

Planet Shark - Predator or Prey - The Exhibition

Planet Shark - Predator or Prey - The Exhibition

Is our fear of sharks rational? There is no question that the fear of sharks is real and can be a serious affliction for some, but where has it come from? Explore this exhibition’s recreated 3D images of prehistoric sharks, significant pieces of memorabilia from the movie JAWS! and realistic life-size shark models on display.

You’ll also be able to join a fun and fact-filled tour with our Planet Shark character – Finn the Diver – who will lead you into the underwater domain of sharks and help debunk the myths.

Mary-Louise Williams, director of the Australian National Maritime Museum and Tim Winton, novelist and conservationist introduced Planet Shark – Predator or Prey at the ANMM late last year and we’ve been busy with plenty of visitors since.
Click here to see video from the event.

* The Exhibition has been made available by Grande Exhibitions of Australia.

Great White Shark - Planet Shark

Great White Shark - Planet Shark

There’s plenty more happening around the museum this summer!

  • To keep the older kids out of mischief, check out our youth programs - photography, drama and TV presenting, presented in collaboration with NIDA that focus on our key exhibitions.
  • Australia Day will be upon us soon, and where better to celebrate than at the ANMM? This will be the very last chance to see the HMB Endeavour before she commences preparation for her year long circumnavigation of Australia. Bring your picnics and enjoy the day on the foreshore with us.
  • Our under-5’s Mini Mariners programs recommence in February and March, and the excitement is building for Playgroups NSW ‘The Worlds’ Biggest Playgroup Day’, to be held at the ANMM.
  • On their own – Britain’s child migrants is still showing, and will be with us until mid-May.
Youth photography workshops

Youth photography workshops

We’d love you to join us here at the Australian National Maritime Museum this summer. If you’re unable to make it, do join us online at or

HMB Endeavour stretches her sea legs

Today it’s ‘ANCHORS AWEIGH’ for HMB Endeavour as we take her out on Sydney Harbour.

Our crew will be blogging from the deck and constantly tweeting during the overnight voyage so that you can find out exactly what we get up to. It’s a great way to get a taste for what life might be like on one of our circumnavigation voyages planned for early next year.

We’ll be posting updates with photos and video throughout the trip, and encourage your questions for the crew.

Sydney Harbour aboard HMB Endeavour
Sydney Harbour from the deck of HMB Endeavour

Find out more:

– Follow HMB Endeavour on Twitter
– Check out HMB Endeavour’s Facebook page
Take a look at the voyage legs still available to book on our circumnavigation around Australia

ANMM ♥ ‘Ask A Curator Day’ on Twitter

International ‘Ask a Curator Day’ was yesterday, and we were delighted with the response from interested Tweeters all over the world.

Ask A Curator

From the Ask A Curator website:

‘Ask a Curator Day’ on September 1st 2010 will open the door to experts with a unique worldwide question and answer session which will let interested members of the public put questions to museum and gallery curators.

All the Q&A action took place on Twitter, where questions were fired from curious individuals from all corners of the globe.

Here’s a sample of some of the curly questions posed to us:

It was an interesting challenge for our curators to keep their answers under the 140-character limit for Twitter, and it was fun to see how other museums tackled the activity.

We were excited to be in such company as TATE, British Museum, Guggenheim Museum and The Smithsonian.

To join us on Twitter, and to see how our curators managed to answer these tricky questions, visit