Careers in science and museums: Meeting our conservators

Textile conservator Sue Frost. Image: ANMM.

Textile conservator Sue Frost. Image: ANMM.

What a museum without its collection? The stories we tell are imbued in the objects the museum collects and the conservation department is tasked with caring for these objects. Our conservation team look after a range of artefacts, from paper to paintings, ceramics, textiles and even archaeological material recovered from the seabed. From small coins to the HMB Endeavour replica, every object is condition reported, treated and conserved. The team monitor the environmental conditions our objects are either stored or displayed in, checking light levels, relative humidity and maintaining a stable temperature.

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A Brighter Future: The Second Annual Women and Science Symposium

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2016, the Australian National Maritime Museum will host our second annual Women and Science Symposium for high school students.

Women in Science Symposium 2015

Women in Science Symposium 2015

It all started with a discussion with my daughter, about the number of girls opting out of studying science because of negative stereotypes. She said it was such a shame that girls were not considering science as a worthwhile option to study. As an environmental scientist, she knows that those girls are locking themselves out of some amazing careers.

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Dawn Fraser AO MBE voted Australia’s greatest sportswoman

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Dawn Faser by a pool in Townsville in training for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Photographer: John Konrads. ANMM Collection

On 27 February 2013, swimming legend Dawn Fraser (1937- ) was named Australia’s greatest sportswoman of all time at the Sport for Women Day celebrations in Canberra.  She beat former Olympic Athletics Champion Betty Cuthbert and seven times APS World Champion surfer Layne Beachley for the top honour.  You can see the full list of Australia’s top 100 Sportswomen on the Sport for Women website.

In a career marked by triumph and controversy, Fraser won eight Olympic medals, including four gold medals, and six Commonwealth Games gold medals. She also held 39 records. Continue reading