The first thing I wrote in my notebook when I attended the recent Museums Australia Conference in Adelaide was ‘I feel large, small, different’. Was this going to be an Alice in Wonderland experience? From the opening ceremony to the closing plenary the conference encouraged me to reflect on this museum and its place in the museum world.
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The museum recently acquired two significant objects for its permanent collection which provide an opportunity to explore the road to reconciliation for Australia’s Indigenous people—a message stick and a kangaroo skin petition book.
The museum’s Schools Learning team have recently undertaken a significant refresh of one of our most popular onsite school programs—Franklin River Debate: 1983.
This month we are celebrating the 150th birthday of John Smith Murdoch, the chief architect for the Commonwealth of Australia who designed Provisional Parliament House, the magnificent building that houses our museum.
And in the ceiling and the paint work looks quite rough too. Why doesn’t the museum fix this corner?
Not too long ago there was something of a frenzy in the Australian media after the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Peter Slipper MP, re-introduced a note of ceremonial formality to the openings of parliamentary sittings.
The museum is currently undertaking a program called the Great Badge Swap. So far we have received hundreds of badges from the public, each one telling a different and unique story about democracy. This presents an interesting challenge for our Collections Management team.
Recently a 10 cm split was detected in the carpet on the floor of the House of Representatives. What should we do? The split was in a prominent location and this area was subject to heavy foot traffic.
Fourteen prime ministers conducted important discussions and made decisions which changed the course of the nation at this desk. What hard-won deals, what visionary dreams, what shattered hopes were witnessed from this well used desk?
If you visit the museum these Christmas holidays, spend some time in our front garden – one of our holly trees has a fascinating story to tell.
The museum is undertaking an object reconstruction project that will ensure that visitors continue to enjoy the unique heritage of the Old Parliament House building and its collection.
The recent decision that Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will need to vacate the Lodge while urgent renovations are undertaken reminds us that the PM’s official Canberra residence is as old as Old Parliament House, home of the museum and jewel in its collection.
Located on the main floor of the Old Parliament House building and across the Opposition (northern) lobby from the Senate Chamber the Senate Opposition Party Room evokes a rich character in its warm timber panelling, frosted-glass-fronted bookcases and the convivial groupings of its generous furniture.
A Special Constable’s truncheon and armband in the museum’s collection reminds us of a time of widespread civil unrest in Australia.
To allow this important conservation work to happen, Kings Hall will be closed to the public from Friday 13 May until mid June.
We are restoring the colour and texture of the rear facade to the original vision of the architect of Provisional Parliament House, John Smith Murdoch. The project will be done in three steps – removal of non-breathable paint, restoration of the render and repainting.
Our labour of Hercules, which in many ways resembled both a mental and physical boot camp, has been to retrieve all designated volumes from storage, ensure they are registered in our collection database and put them on display
The introduction of the Lamson tubes into Provisional Parliament House has been attributed to Senator George Pearce.
In September 2008, Old Parliament House sought comment on the Referral for the proposed South-East Wing Refurbishment.
New roofing works to the South East Wing are nearing completion.