ISO15489 New Archival Standard, NSW Record Managers Forum, notes

Geoff Hinchcliffe, Sate Records New South Wales, Intro Outlined there are currently around 400 archival sites across NSW and the vastness of area is also complicated by the diversity of temperatures. Forum will look at new standards for the sector and also to let everyone know about the New State Records website launched 21 June, 2016 with over 2000 … Continue reading ISO15489 New Archival Standard, NSW Record Managers Forum, notes

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Chronometers – timekeeping, longitude & latitude

John Harrison's Marine Chronometers , http://vimeo.com/67741035The invention of a marine clock (chronometer) which could be used to accurately measure longitude was arguably the most significant development in maritime navigation in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Before their invention ships had great difficulty finding their way from one port to another. Fog, bad weather, and inaccurate charts … Continue reading Chronometers – timekeeping, longitude & latitude

Museum Exhibitions – some new approaches

Castle Hill Stores, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, photo by Geoff Barker, 2009  Given the current level of interest within the museum surrounding exhibition development I thought it could be an opportune time to blog about this vital area of museum work and look at how some museums have been approaching the issue. One of … Continue reading Museum Exhibitions – some new approaches

AngeloTornaghi – Scientific Instrument Maker, Sydney – 1831-1906

Angelo Tornaghi, Australian Men of Mark, 1889 Angelo Tornaghi was born Milan in 1831 and arrived in Sydney in 1855 where he worked as a local agent for the London based scientific instrument firm, Negretti & Zambra. In 1858 he helped supervise the adjustment of Negretti & Zambra instruments which had been ordered for the … Continue reading AngeloTornaghi – Scientific Instrument Maker, Sydney – 1831-1906

Is the Museum Exhibition Model Broken?

Ole Worm's cabinet of curiosities, from ''Museum Wormianum'', 1655. Original source Smithsonian Museum Over the last fortnight I've been in the midst of a lot of discussion about exhibition development for museums. Primarily the question has been approached from ... what are our exhibitions going to be about and how do we get them on the … Continue reading Is the Museum Exhibition Model Broken?

Some thoughts on significance writing for museums

Sculpted Elephant, carved from graphite, purchased from F Krantz, 1884, Powerhouse Museum, 6189 Attaching significance to museum objects can be a little like “pinning the tail on the donkey”. Just when you think you’ve got your significance right, off comes the blindfold, and you find your significance statement has failed to account for other curatorial perspectives, … Continue reading Some thoughts on significance writing for museums