Brisbane Open House Day 1

As soon as I discovered I’d be moving back to Brisbane in time for Brisbane Open House, I signed up to be a volunteer. In 2013, I volunteered at the State Library of Queensland. It was fine, but, this year I wanted to volunteer somewhere that I was really desperate to see, Eisenmenger House. Before delving too far into the architectural history of the house, here is a little bit of information on the overarching event. Continue reading “Brisbane Open House Day 1”

Museum of Brisbane: Life in Irons

A while back I visited the Museum of Brisbane to see an amazing talk on convict tattoos. I promised to return and see the exhibition Life in Irons before it closed at the end of October. I honestly don’t know how time goes so quickly, but, I managed to pop in after work today to explore the exhibition in full. Continue reading “Museum of Brisbane: Life in Irons”

The Calyx: Plants with Bite

Plants with Bite was launched today at The Calyx in Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. I absolutely adore this venue. I’ve only visited it once before, just after it was officially opened. If you want to read my review on their exhibition on the history of chocolate, click here. If the exhibitions don’t interest you, visit just to see the largest interior green wall in the southern hemisphere. Continue reading “The Calyx: Plants with Bite”

Sydney Jewish Museum

This morning I spent two hours exploring the Sydney Jewish Museum. In 2017, a new permanent display on the Holocaust opened, covering everything from the start of the war to liberation and migration to Australia. I remember visiting the museum during my Master’s course in 2016 and walking through what was then a construction site. It was amazing to see the end result! Continue reading “Sydney Jewish Museum”

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: Reflections of Asia

Hello everyone. It has a been a while since I last wrote a review for Rebecca’s blog and this one will be a very detailed and interesting review of the new Reflections of Asia exhibition now on at the Powerhouse Museum until 2020. As a volunteer, I am responsible for exhibition interpretation and program delivery via tours. This review will encompass both the exhibition experience as a visitor and as a volunteer. Continue reading “Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: Reflections of Asia”

GLAM Blog Club: Collect

I’m going to start by ignoring the fact I once said I’ll try and write something every month for GLAM Blog Club. It wasn’t a complete lie…I have tried. This theme, however, is a perfect opportunity to reveal and discuss a couple of my personal collections.

Here are the two main ‘things’ I would say I actively collect:
1. Vintage and Vintage-Style Clothing
2. American election campaign pins Continue reading “GLAM Blog Club: Collect”

Museum of Brisbane: Convict Tattoos Skin Stories

The history and evolution of tattooing is fascinating. Originally reserved for criminals, now it is estimated that approximately 19% of Australians have at least one tattoo (source). As I find this particular topic very interesting, I was excited when the Museum of Brisbane released tickets for a public program titled Convict Tattoos: Skin Stories. This program was held in conjunction with their new exhibition Life in Irons, the men and women of the Moreton Bay Penal Colony. The following blog post will provide some convict context before focusing solely on the talk. Continue reading “Museum of Brisbane: Convict Tattoos Skin Stories”