National Museum out of space

johnboy 18 December 2008 71

The Canberra Times has the astonishing news that the National Museum has run out of space for its collection.

This despite having an enormous building and nothing at all that anyone wants to see.

Flog some crap on Ebay is my advice.


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ant ant 11:32 pm 19 Dec 08

peterh said :

purple glass telegraph conductors for me. very rare and very collectable.

I remember you used to see quite a few of those about, but now I realise I haven’t seen any in yonks. I guess those ceramic things they put on power poles took over.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 6:44 pm 19 Dec 08

Oh hard lines sir!

Thumper Thumper 6:05 pm 19 Dec 08

Haha, Uncle King Arthur’s camelot, which stands out like dog balls on a mouse on the headland.

Nope, I was there to wander around the real Tintagel castle, not that monstrousity that calls itself Camelot.

Besides, I was born in Redruth 😉

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 5:19 pm 19 Dec 08

Thumper said :

PB, last year so a long time after the floods. Nice little town although we stayed at Tintagel and got on the suace there 😉

Ah Tintagel! Home of the cheap and nasty King Arthur rip off. (Great castle though)
Did you try thr “Excaliburger” at the pub there?

Thumper Thumper 5:11 pm 19 Dec 08

PB, last year so a long time after the floods. Nice little town although we stayed at Tintagel and got on the suace there 😉

peterh peterh 5:02 pm 19 Dec 08

ant said :

I would be up for seeing a good bottle display. bottles are excellent and there’s been some good ones over the years. I had an enterprising collection going, but ended up getting rid of most of them. The old bottles are really interesting.

purple glass telegraph conductors for me. very rare and very collectable.

ant ant 4:59 pm 19 Dec 08

I would be up for seeing a good bottle display. bottles are excellent and there’s been some good ones over the years. I had an enterprising collection going, but ended up getting rid of most of them. The old bottles are really interesting.

peterh peterh 4:51 pm 19 Dec 08

Pommy bastard said :

*”She turned me into a newt!”

but I got better.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 4:45 pm 19 Dec 08

Thumper said :

Witchcraft museum was pretty cool, bizarre, badly designed, under funded, over crowded with irrelevent rubbish, but cool.

And by witch, we are talking male and female.

Were you there before or after the floods? People in eeh area couldn’t work out if the flooding of Boscastle was due to god being angry with the village for having a “Witchcraft Museum”, or for having a female vicar*.

Or it may have been just due to the consturction abilities of Cornwall council, who set the standard for dire planning in the UK.

*”She turned me into a newt!”

ginger_meggs ginger_meggs 3:36 pm 19 Dec 08

“every-day people displaying their bottles, ceramic cats and Ginger Meggs comics have much more interesting items to show.

Maybe the museum can auction off some of their crap and sponser some interesting visiting displays.”

Hear Hear, Feathergirl 🙂

~ Chatfield

peterh peterh 11:35 am 19 Dec 08

I-filed said :

They should have kept the honest, solid Canberra Hospital building and turned it to other community purposes.

like… oh, i don’t know, a hospital?? with another ED?

I-filed I-filed 11:38 pm 18 Dec 08

Thumper said :

Part of the resentment towards the Indig aspects of the NMA is I think the revelation that the architecture of the building was based on the Holocaust museum in Germany.

Urban myth I think. But forget my background in cultural heritage and if someone can prove me wrong….

Read this as a basis, quest a little further and see what you think! : 0

http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/interventions/gallery.htm

miz miz 10:38 pm 18 Dec 08

‘the Acton Peninsula . . . It’s a fright of a building, pretentious.’ I SO agree. It is seriously ugly and, IMHO, inappropriately lurid and post-modern for such a naturally beautiful location.

And I just find the displays boring – seen one axe, seen ’em all I’m afraid, and trying to make me feel guilty about a history I cannot change does not make me rush to return. Now, I am from Irish stock and have plenty to personally feel irate about towards the British and their colonial bastardry, but really, a bit of balance would be nice in a Museum that is supposed to represent the whole nation.

And I don’t see why I should have to pay heaps to see the more interesting, special exhibitions.

A stark contrast with the AWM, which is worth revisiting several times a year!

Thumper Thumper 10:31 pm 18 Dec 08

Part of the resentment towards the Indig aspects of the NMA is I think the revelation that the architecture of the building was based on the Holocaust museum in Germany.

Urban myth I think. But forget my background in cultural heritage and if someone can prove me wrong….

I-filed I-filed 10:11 pm 18 Dec 08

Part of the resentment towards the Indig aspects of the NMA is I think the revelation that the architecture of the building was based on the Holocaust museum in Germany. What an insult to Australians. It is simply ludicrous to draw a comparison between the Nazi holocaust and the misguided and at times culpable Australian government administrative treatment of Aborigines. I hate the way the NMA mocks suburban Australia – with that awful outdoor garden area. Suburban Australia has a lot to be proud of. I actually hate the NMA and what it has done to the Acton Peninsula. It’s a fright of a building, pretentious. That rusty ribbon of whatever pointing to Uluru is a crap of a conceit. The foyer space is a joke. The shop is a ripoff (and stocks some pretty dodgy ‘Indigenous’ items manufactured in South America and by exploited Gujerati peasants). BTW they aren’t even bothering to maintain the grounds – weeds everywhere. They should have kept the honest, solid Canberra Hospital building and turned it to other community purposes.

NickD NickD 6:53 pm 18 Dec 08

How about they put a roof over the silly concrete area in the middle of the museum?

I’m a bit surprised to see the abuse of the Indigenous galleries at the museum. I personally consider them to be outstanding and world-class, and far better than the collections of semi-random stuff which fills the rest of the place. Indigenous history is all too often over-looked (for instance, the AWM refuses to consider covering Indigenous Australian military history or the frontier wars, and doesn’t even cover them in its unbelievably dull – and almost hidden – gallery on Australian colonial militaries) and the NMA has done a great job of covering the experiences of Indigenous Australia.

phototext phototext 6:37 pm 18 Dec 08

“Ptext, the building is there regardless of what wonderful work the people employed there do – work that could equally be done anywhere else but the building and the site it occupies could be used for something more useful given that ‘apparently’ there is no space on the rest of the site. No?”

Fair enough.

I-filed I-filed 6:04 pm 18 Dec 08

The same crew who allowed the NMA to occupy the site totally diddled Canberra’s Indigenous groups. It isn’t well known that a consultant was brought in to convince the folks who ran the Indigenous cultural centre- that ended up at yamundi reach or whatever it’s called, totally isolated half way along Lady Denman Drive – to move their plans. I vividly recall an Indigenous fellow’s account in the 90s of the decision. “[The consultant told us] we would have been like a pimple on a pumpkin if we’d been near the gallery, in that area,” he said, and clearly believed it! They had been promised a presence on the old Canberra Hospital site. So ripped off! The result has been a disaster for them. I believe the government concerned (and I don’t know whether it was state or federal) is guilty of contravening the Trade Practices Act via a consultant. There’s no question – they were talked into giving up a prime, valuable spot near the Museum and swapping it for an unviable, unsustainable, worthless and isolated spot. The cynical, unethical consultant concerned knew exactly what he was doing. Probably to order.

Swaggie Swaggie 5:43 pm 18 Dec 08

Ptext, the building is there regardless of what wonderful work the people employed there do – work that could equally be done anywhere else but the building and the site it occupies could be used for something more useful given that ‘apparently’ there is no space on the rest of the site. No?

vandam vandam 5:11 pm 18 Dec 08

Ant,

Yeah apologies for that, for some reason my computer was playing silly buggers and typing everything backwards.

What it was meant to say is that there is plenty of room on Northbourne Avenue.

Has anyone stopped and thought that even though I disagree with all this ‘so called art’, the govt is actually doing this on purpose to keep those left winged, hippy, greenie, cyclists on side?

How much ‘art’ do we already have here and why is there such a great need for more. Honestly Canberra is becoming one big art centre. There are reasons why art is kept behind walls, 99% of it is crud!.

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