ANMM Blog

  • ANMM Events

    New Ideas on Old Wars – The Archaeology of War

    23 May 2018

    Expanding the Archaeologist’s toolkit Once upon a time, the archaeologist’s toolkit was likely to consist of a shovel, trowel, bucket, brush, stakes and string. Today it includes a multitude of technological tools such as magnetometers, drones, ground-penetrating radar, 3D imaging … The post New Ideas on Old Wars – The Archaeology of War appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    The saga of Skaubryn

    18 May 2018

    It’s International Museum Day, an annual event that raises awareness about the role of museums in cultural exchange and the development of mutual understanding. This year’s theme of ‘hyperconnected museums’ focuses on how museums can make their collections accessible and … The post The saga of Skaubryn appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Remembering the marvelous maritime mothers

    11 May 2018

    Mothering on the high seas As Mother’s Day approaches a maritime museum is not usually a place one would look for motherly sentiment. Yet here at the museum and the Vaughan Evans Library, there are small yet extraordinary reminders of what motherhood … The post Remembering the marvelous maritime mothers appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Events

    Welcome Wall May 2018

    09 May 2018

    Last weekend the much-loved sports journalist and soccer broadcaster, Les Murray, was honoured by his family to have his name unveiled on the museum’s Welcome Wall. The Welcome Wall pays tribute to the migrants who have travelled the world to call Australia home. More than 200 … The post Welcome Wall May 2018 appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Events

    The Last Dance

    08 May 2018

    Museum Dance Off 2018 We are a passionate bunch here at the Australian National Maritime Museum. We preserve and bring to life Australia’s maritime history, through exhibitions, public programs and even this blog, but rarely do we use dance as … The post The Last Dance appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    The Sydney Ducks and the San Francisco 49ers

    02 May 2018

    An enigmatic engraving I often come across intriguing objects as I digitise the collection. Recently, in a box containing 263 engravings, covering topics including migration, the wrecking of vessels and ambitious shipbuilding commissions, there was one object which stood out: … The post The Sydney Ducks and the San Francisco 49ers appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Container: The box that changed the world

    Setting the Standard

    18 Apr 2018

    An economy of standards Imagine that you are a shipper—a company with freight to ship. You’ve won an order to export four hundred ceiling fans to Senegal. You pack each fan into a paperboard carton, load the cartons into a … The post Setting the Standard appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Exhibitions

    Underwater photographers in the field

    16 Apr 2018

    Behind the scenes of Wildlife Photographer of the Year What does it take to capture life in the water? Three finalists from this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition talked to Paul Teasdale about how to navigate whale pods, ice, underwater … The post Underwater photographers in the field appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Who was John Watt?

    12 Apr 2018

    An enigmatic collector Over the years, the museum has acquired various collections that have taken the dedicated owner many years (or often a lifetime) to compile. The time, energy and cost required to gather together this type of comprehensive material … The post Who was John Watt? appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Events

    Catch the classics up close this weekend

    10 Apr 2018

    Classic & Wooden Boat Festival 2018 The much anticipated Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is on at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour in just a few days, starting Friday 13th April and winding up on Sunday afternoon, 15th … The post Catch the classics up close this weekend appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Four ships, one lifeboat

    06 Apr 2018

    The 60th anniversary of the Skaubryn sinking The Norwegian liner Skaubryn was the only vessel lost at sea during the era of post-war migration to Australia, when it caught fire in 1958 with 1,288 people on board, including more than … The post Four ships, one lifeboat appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • ANMM Collections

    Migration and photography: The Skaubryn archive

    28 Mar 2018

    Photography has always played a critical role in documenting the movement of people across borders. The photographs linked to the vast archive of Certificates of Exemption from the Dictation Test, for instance, put a face to those impacted by the … The post Migration and photography: The Skaubryn archive appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • AE1

    Finding AE1

    21 Mar 2018

    Australia’s greatest naval mystery is solved at last It is more than a century since Australia’s first submarine, HMAS AE1, disappeared without trace in the waters off Papua New Guinea. Its fate remained a mystery until late last year, when the … The post Finding AE1 appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Australian Register of Historic Vessels

    Grand times at Geelong

    19 Mar 2018

    Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong, March 2018 The 9th Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong was held over the Victorian long weekend in mid-March, and it was another very successful event, drawing a big crowd over the three days. It was … The post Grand times at Geelong appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Kids and family

    Celebrating 20 years of Kids on Deck: More than paper boat makers and glitter shakers

    09 Mar 2018

    Kids on Deck, our regular Sunday and School Holiday family program for primary school aged children and their carers, celebrates its 20th birthday this year. Over the last 20 years, close to 500,000 visitors have participated in Kids on Deck … The post Celebrating 20 years of Kids on Deck: More than paper boat makers and glitter shakers appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.

  • Curiouser and curiouser

    A long lost message in a bottle

    07 Mar 2018

    On the 12th of June 1886, a crew member of the German barque Paula performed what was a routine task on voyages around the world at the time – he dropped a tightly sealed glass bottle, containing a piece of paper, … The post A long lost message in a bottle appeared first on Australian National Maritime Museum.