As one of Australia’s largestmuseums the Powerhousecontributes to the professionallife of Australian museums inmany ways. As part of our125th celebrations this year, thePowerhouse is hosting theannual conference ofMuseums Australia, theprofessional associationrepresenting museum workersacross the country. Ourneighbour, the ABC, isgenerously providing itsEugene Goossens Hall for theplenary sessions. Thiscollaboration offers uniqueopportunities for Australia’smuseums to be showcasedacross the spectrum of ABCradio and television programs.So look out for specialmuseum features during theconference (1-4 May).Each year Powerhouse staffcontribute their expertise to awide range of professionalassociations. The head of our
O2From the director03Power picks06Beta Space07New exhibitions: Toys08New exhibitions: Greek treasures10New acquisitions: 19th-century jewellery11Members news12Members calendar14Members scene15New exhibitions: Paradise, Purgatory, Hellhole16New exhibitions: Animal, vegetable, mineral17Writing a new history of the Museum18From the archives: stories of our past20The twenty-year club22Observe23Corporate partners24New exhibitions at a glance
Evaluation and AudienceResearch department, CarolScott, has been the nationalpresident of MuseumsAustralia since 2000. LastOctober I was elected by mypeers to chair the Council ofAustralian Museum Directors,the peak body of Australia’s 17major national and statemuseums. In this role I also siton the Collections Council ofAustralia, a body recentlyestablished by federal andstate arts ministers to adviseon how best to preserve andpromote our nation’s heritagecollections.Another way in which we servethe wider museum fraternity isthrough our long-standinghosting of Australian Museumson Line (AMOL), theinternationally acclaimed web-based museum portal. Anupgraded AMOL will soon berelaunched as CollectionsAustralia Network (CAN). Butthese online programs do notmean we neglect face-to-face
TRUSTEESDr Nicholas G Pappas,PresidentDr Anne Summers AO,Deputy PresidentMr Mark BourisMs Trisha DixonMr Andrew DentonMs Susan GrayMs Margaret SealeMr Anthony SukariMs Judith WheeldonSENIOR MANAGEMENTDr Kevin Fewster AM, DirectorJennifer Sanders, Deputy Director,Collections and ExhibitionsMark Goggin, Associate Director,Programs and Commercial ServicesMichael Landsbergen, AssociateDirector, Corporate ServicesKevin Sumption, Associate Director,Knowledge and InformationManagement
contact. In the past year over1400 people across NSW tookpart in training programs runby Powerhouse staff.Just as the Powerhousesupports the wider museumcommunity, we are indebted tothe many people who freelyoffer their time and expertiseto assist us. And none givemore than our trustees. InDecember 2004 we farewelledProfessor Ron Johnston, aconstant source of wisdomand enthusiasm during hisnine years on the board. Onbehalf of everyone at theMuseum I thank him for hiscontribution. His successor isMs Judith Wheeldon, therecently retired headmistressof Abbotsleigh School. Wewelcome her to thePowerhouse.
Dr Kevin Fewster AM
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FROM THE EXHIBITION
GREEK TREASURES: FROM THE BENAKI MUSEUM IN ATHENS
, DETAILOF A GOLD WREATH WITH IVYLEAVES, LATE HELLENISTIC PERIOD,FIRST CENTURY BC (SEE PAGE 24).© BENAKI MUSEUM
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