How did a firescreen made from the tail of one of Australia’s most iconic birds end up in a British home?
This week the People and the Environment team has welcomed Lucy, a work experience student from Hay War Memorial High School.
On National Threatened Species Day, take a moment to think about the quoll.
In the early 1990s Claire Hooker began investigating the history of Australian women’s participation in science. In this guest post, she reflects on her research, twenty years on.
Last week, we installed nine objects from the Museum’s collections in an exhibition at CSIRO Discovery in Canberra. These objects – including microscopes, a vasculum, and a billy-can – tell us much about the careers of the women scientists that used them, and about women’s participation in scientific endeavour in the last 150 years.
Last week, I talked to Mikey Robins about rabbits.
At the heart of the Spirited: Australia’s horse story exhibition is the question ‘how has the connection between horses and humans shaped life this country?’
Our research into Australia’s horse history has revealed many complex and profound human responses to horses. We also want visitors to consider the other side of that connection – how do horses think and feel about us?
At the centre of the exhibition is a meditation in steel on the horse/human bond – artist Harrie Fasher’s sculpture ‘Silent Conversation’.
It’s sixty years since New Zealand gelding Rising Fast won the Melbourne Cup.
What happens to racehorses when they leave the track?
Last week I was contacted by a number of people critical of our decision to display of a can of ‘Horsielicious’, created by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR), in the Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story exhibition. The can was used in 2014 protests aimed at raising awareness of the need for a ‘retirement plan’ for horses involved in racing.
On August 1st, all Australian horses mark their official birthdays. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve installed a striking, life-size equine sculpture in the Museum’s Main Hall, and are calling on Australians to tweet stories and images of how they are celebrating their horse’s birthday.