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+ Not only is this a reminder about the competition but Electrolux Design Lab has a great page design. Check it out.

+ The Sydney Observatory (part of the Powerhouse Museum), has recently launched a blog. So far all posts have been entered by the curator Nick Lomb and Education staff member Geoff Wyatt. It’s early days yet but I hope there will be more contributors in the near future. This is the second blog from the management of the Powerhouse, the other blog Fresh + New is largely authored by Seb Chan and the odd other Web Services & Digital Media team members at the Powerhouse Museum, and has been on-line now for just over 1 year. Soon to be added to this list will be the Powerhouse’s third blog and design portal – Design Hub due for launching during Sydney Design 06 …… stay tuned.

+ This week we are saddened by the announcement of Bronwyn Oliver’s death.

She worked for over twenty years producing an extraordinary body of sculpture that revealed a unique vision of beauty. Bronwyn showed with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery from the beginning of her exhibiting life.

+ The NSW Government has announced the merger of the Powerhouse Museum and Australian Museum. Combined the institutions cost the taxpayer and the government a large sum of money.  The government is looking to make savings through a joint trust and a shared chief executive and bureaucracy, joint ticketing and marketing, common educational and outreach programs, better planning of exhibitions, and smarter use of storage space. And this all arrives as the Powerhouse gets closer to opening it’s Castle Hill property that has been under development for some years, and employing artistic directors to oversee the development of exhibitions and programs.

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  1. July 15, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Rita

    In fact the Sydney Observatory blog is the museum’s third blog.

    Walking The Wall was the second (and first public oriented blog) that the Museum has begun to operate. Walking The Wall is a travel blog linked to the upcoming Great Wall Of China exhibition – http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/walkingthewall/

    Expect more soon.

  2. July 16, 2006 at 10:40 am

    Hi Seb, thanks for that. Good to see a project like this initiated by the Musuem………. and proving the Great Wall is more than a rabbit proof fence as made out by a recent ‘Australian’ commercial. However, it would be good to see links to the blogs on your front page along with “admission charges” and “whats on” simply for accessibility and placement – it’s otherwise difficult to find.

  3. July 31, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    Can’t wait to see Design Hub!

  4. ivan229
    January 9, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    > Combined the institutions cost the taxpayer and the government a large sum of money.

    Do they? Really?

    According to NSW Treasury in 2006-07 the Powerhouse and Australian Museum will cost around $52 million (http://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/bp06-07/bp3/pdf/bp3_03ag_f.pdf). Now total revenue for NSW is estimated at $42,196 million (http://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/bp06-07/bp2/pdf/bp2_3.pdf). So these two museums are actually costing 0.123% of government revenue to run. Let’s assume that 6.72 million people live in NSW (ABS, 2004). This means that it is costing the government approximately $7.74 per person per week to run both museums. Divide by 365 and they’re paying a whopping two cents per person per day!

    > The government is looking to make savings through a joint trust and a shared chief executive and bureaucracy, joint ticketing and marketing, common educational and outreach programs, better planning of exhibitions, and smarter use of storage space.

    Now … how much are these ‘savings’ going to cost. The redundancies will definitely cost. There won’t be savings from operating the multiple sites that both institutions run. Joint ticketing and marketing (pish), how can there be savings here if both institutions are still running the same number of programs. Both sets of collections require very different types of care, no saving here unless you want to put the collections at risk or run a jumble sale in Ultimo one Saturday afternoon in the near future. Smarter use of storage space at Castle Hill, won’t this require investment in new storage facilities for the wet and dry natural history specimens? The existing wouldn’t easily be repurposed.

    Maybe there are other motives not stated in the NSW Government press releases. A starting point may be: http://www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/heres-one-idea-that-puts-the-muse-in-museum/2006/11/28/1164476204311.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

  5. July 22, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Ive been working on CSS based sites for sometime but still get the odd error in firefox ! wish they just played ball the same when designing, would make life a whole lot easier for everyone involved… but then that would be to simple and obvious…lol

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