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Submissions to Upper House Inquiry: Museums and Galleries, 2016

The list below includes submissions of specific relevance to the argument for not relocating the Powerhouse Museum. These papers include support for developing a new cultural facility in Parramatta, within a strong policy for museums and galleries in NSW. They were submitted by members of the informal lobby group, the Powerhouse Museum Alliance, with related … Continue reading Submissions to Upper House Inquiry: Museums and Galleries, 2016

Briefing notes about the Powerhouse, an update: Jennifer Sanders

A: THE CASE AGAINST: THE NSW GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO MOVE THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM TO PARRAMATTA B: THE CASE FOR: A DISTINCTIVE, NEW ‘CULTURAL BEACON’ IN PARRAMATTA Jennifer Sanders: update 1st February 2017 ___________________  A: THE CASE AGAINST:  THE NSW GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO MOVE THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM TO PARRAMATTA The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo:  since 1893 … Continue reading Briefing notes about the Powerhouse, an update: Jennifer Sanders

The Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta ‘move’, a critical view of the NSW Government’s planning and costing processes: Lindsay Sharp  

Contents: Introduction: The Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta ‘move’ Summary of key facts and figures Part 1:  Inadequacies and implications of the NSW Government’s planning and development process and decisions   1.1 The NSW Government’s approach to planning and development 1.2 Governance: clients and manager 1.3  Lack of transparency 1.4 A comparison of Museum size and quality … Continue reading The Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta ‘move’, a critical view of the NSW Government’s planning and costing processes: Lindsay Sharp  

Does the Powerhouse Have a Future? by Todd Packer

Published in Artichoke, Australia’s interiors and design magazine, Issue no 55, June 2016, P14:  http://architectureau.com/magazines/artichoke/  ——————————————————————– Think about what inspired you on your first visit to Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. For me it was the moment I emerged through a tiny opening, high up in the vast industrial cavern of the repurposed turbine hall, and came … Continue reading Does the Powerhouse Have a Future? by Todd Packer

Parramatta Council minutes document early concerns for proposed relocation of the Powerhouse Museum – Tom Lockley

Tom Lockley is Convenor of the Pyrmont History Group PHM committee. He submitted Sections 1 and 2 of this paper to the Committee of Inquiry on 12 September 2017, and has since adapted it to share with others. Introduction These pages present clear evidence that a misleading impression may have inadvertently been given by some … Continue reading Parramatta Council minutes document early concerns for proposed relocation of the Powerhouse Museum – Tom Lockley

An assessment of costs and risks of the proposed relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta: Jennifer Sanders

Following are key points regarding the Baird Government’s plans to relocate the Powerhouse to Parramatta and demolish the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo. It is mystifying that such major and complex undertaking could be announced without a comprehensive business case or transparent evidence convincingly arguing the case for this unprecedented action. Since the announcement on 11 … Continue reading An assessment of costs and risks of the proposed relocation of the Powerhouse Museum to Parramatta: Jennifer Sanders

Moving Museums: Jennifer Sanders

MOVING MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES: A BRIEF SURVEY When you search the internet for ‘museums that have been relocated’ and ‘museums that are being moved’: The only references to a large museum being relocated are for the Powerhouse Museum! Lots of media and Government announcements. The only other museum that turned up, large or small, is the … Continue reading Moving Museums: Jennifer Sanders

Industrial and Engineering Heritage: Debbie Rudder

Briefing note: The Powerhouse Museum’s industrial and engineering heritage The Powerhouse Museum building is an important industrial heritage site, and it houses several large engineering objects of high heritage significance. The synergy between building and objects ensures a distinctive museum experience that inspires visitors to take an interest in technology. It helps them understand how … Continue reading Industrial and Engineering Heritage: Debbie Rudder

Six Questions for the Premier on Transparency and Planning for the Development of a new Museum in Parramatta: Kylie Winkworth

The government’s plans to develop a new museum in Parramatta are warmly supported. But the location, form, facilities and content of the new museum must be based on deep consultation with communities in Parramatta and western Sydney. And it should not be predicated on the closure and sale of the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo. The … Continue reading Six Questions for the Premier on Transparency and Planning for the Development of a new Museum in Parramatta: Kylie Winkworth

Powerhouse Museum. Photo by OzinOH/Flickr.

Myth Busting: Kylie Winkworth

1. It’s a choice between a museum at Ultimo or Parramatta. Why? The Powerhouse Museum does not have to be sold to build a new museum in Parramatta. The government has the funds in its $600m cultural infrastructure fund to build a new museum in Parramatta. They also had an $860m stamp duty windfall last … Continue reading Myth Busting: Kylie Winkworth

Rally Speeches: 10 December, 2016

Speeches: Protest Rally, 10 December, 2016  At a further protest rally organised by the Save the Powerhouse lobby group held on the forecourt of the Powerhouse venue of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, eleven speakers discussed a range of compelling arguments for keeping the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, while looking at better options … Continue reading Rally Speeches: 10 December, 2016

Rally paper 1: Mike Baird’s Museum Demolition Plan: Kylie Winkworth

Kylie Winkworth is a former Trustee, and was one of four former PHM staff who spoke with others at the Save the Powerhouse rally, May 28, 2016).         Photo: Rod Bamford Mike Baird says those who oppose the sell-off of the Powerhouse Museum are haters. This is one of Donald Trump’s favourite insults. Many of you here are … Continue reading Rally paper 1: Mike Baird’s Museum Demolition Plan: Kylie Winkworth

Rally paper 3: Expectations of audiences: Grace Cochrane

Grace Cochrane was one of four former PHM staff who spoke with others at the Save the Powerhouse rally, May 28, 2016.                                                    Photo: Rod Bamford It is hard to believe that any government would want to be remembered as the one responsible for destroying so many things we all believe to be important. And yet, … Continue reading Rally paper 3: Expectations of audiences: Grace Cochrane

The MAAS Collection, scope, scale and endless delight: Christina Sumner OAM

The remarkable diversity and cultural significance of the collection of Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences is easy to underestimate, simply because of its immeasurable breadth. The attached summary  MAAS collection 28Feb12 ,  incomplete though it surely is, was constructed by me in early 2012, in collaboration with my curatorial colleagues at that time, in an … Continue reading The MAAS Collection, scope, scale and endless delight: Christina Sumner OAM