National Gallery of Australia: Versailles

Time for another incredible guest post by Imogen! 

Hello lovely readers! Bec has kindly allowed me contribute another guest post, this time sharing my thoughts and feelings on the ‘Versailles: Treasures from the Palace’ exhibition currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra. I visited the exhibition earlier this month, and while I expected it to be very busy and crowded on a Saturday morning, the crowds were very manageable, and we were very grateful to be in the air-conditioned gallery on an incredibly hot day. Continue reading “National Gallery of Australia: Versailles”

State Library of New South Wales: May Gibbs

The following blog post will contain two perspectives. I am going to start the post reflecting on the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie anniversary display and the talk at the State Library of New South Wales. Imogen will then write her thoughts on the talk.


To celebrate the centenary of May Gibbs Gum-Nut babies, the State Library of New South Wales has curated a small display of sketches and organized a lunch time talk with Robert Holden. For those of you reading who did not grow up in Australia, the Gum-Nut babies by May Gibbs is a series of children’s books that follow the adventures of cute little gum-nut (Eucalyptus nuts) characters. They are well-known and well-loved in Australia. Continue reading “State Library of New South Wales: May Gibbs”

Port Macquarie Historical Museum

I am very excited to share with you another guest post from the wonderful Imogen!

Hello again! The lovely Bec has invited me to write another guest post here on Curate Your Own Adventure. I’ve found blogging about my museum and heritage experiences a great opportunity to contemplate what I’ve seen and discuss my thoughts with others.

Earlier in December I visited Port Macquarie (a coastal town 4 hours north of Sydney) with a group of friends for a pre-Christmas getaway. I hadn’t even thought about looking for a museum to visit while I was there, but was excited to happen upon the Port Macquarie Historical Museum on the Saturday morning. I returned with a friend later in the day and we made our way through the exhibition spaces together. On arrival, we were greeted by two very helpful and enthusiastic volunteers. I had quickly checked the museum’s website before visiting, which mentioned that the museum was larger than appears and recommended allowing around an hour for a visit. This was definitely a worthwhile recommendation as the exhibition space was much bigger than it appeared from outside and seemed to go on forever! The museum is housed in an historic building, which has been recognised by the National Trust for its heritage significance, and was the original general store when the town was settled. Continue reading “Port Macquarie Historical Museum”

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: Egyptian Mummies

Enjoy reading!

Hi, my name is Ziggy Potts and, as a fellow Museum and Heritage Studies student, Rebecca has kindly allowed me to review the new Egyptian Mummies exhibition currently on at the Powerhouse Museum. Whilst this is, in no ways does this review address all aspects, it reflects some of the things that made an impression on me and my overall experience. Continue reading “Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences: Egyptian Mummies”

Planting Dreams – Guest Post

It is time for another fantastic guest post! As always, happy reading.

Hello! I’m Rachelle, a Museum & Heritage Studies student and long-time floral enthusiast. When I learned that the State Library of New South Wales was combining two of my favourite things and mounting the exhibition ‘Planting Dreams’, I was immediately enthused. I came to the exhibition expecting to indulge both my love of history and all things botanic, but what I found was a thoughtful, inclusive and comprehensive mapping of the natural world in relation to Australia’s social history. Continue reading “Planting Dreams – Guest Post”

Manly Museum & Art Gallery – Guest Post

I am so excited to share with you the first guest blog post on Curate Your Own Adventure. Happy reading!

Hello! My name is Imogen, and I was lucky enough to be asked by my good friend Bec to write a guest post here on Curate Your Own Adventure. I have just graduated from the Master’s program in Museum and Heritage Studies at Sydney University, and continue to indulge my love for museums in Sydney and further afield. Continue reading “Manly Museum & Art Gallery – Guest Post”