In 1945 the Japanese Instrument of Surrender was signed aboard the USS Missouri, which signalled the end of hostilities between Japan and the Allied forces. As part of the War and Peace in the Pacific 75 Education Program, we invited schools from the USA, Japan and Australia to investigate the impact of WWII on their community and make documentary videos of what they found. As a climax to this program, student ambassadors from one school in each county attended a Friendship Ceremony on board the USS Missouri to mark the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The student ambassadors each gave a speech on their commitment to maintain and promote peace in the Pacific. They also signed a friendship agreement between Australia, the USA and Japan.
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.
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.
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.
It’s all about framing.
Twenty four youths armed with digital SLRs and a keen eye for detail are exploring the beautiful harbour side environment outdoors at the museum in a photography workshop.
Youth workshops (for ages 8-14) have taken all shapes and sizes this year from printed t-shirts and temporary tattoos through to kinetic sculpture and indigenous weaving. Last holidays they took focus on the art of outdoor photography.
Participants were inspired by the photojournalism of Allan Villiers in Sons of Sindbad and lead through some technical tips and skills by the team from Spitting Image Photography.
While taking a snap might seem like a simple every-day activity, the art of producing high-quality, detailed and beautiful images is something altogether more difficult. Participants aced this challenge, producing incredible shots of maritime themed details: rusted anchors, seaweed-y pylons, bobbing buoys, ships rigging, canon handles and nautical knots.
A selection of stunning images by the participants in the youth photography workshop will be on exhibition outside the Peter Doyle Learning Centre at the Museum from mid-November.
– Annalice Creighton, ANMM Visitor Programs Officer