Discover stories behind the latest exhibitions, fascinating explorations into maritime science and archaeology, and the surprising details of what happens inside (and outside) a modern working museum.

Scott Gustetter, swimmer, at the 2002 Gay Games. © Paul Freeman Reproduced courtesy of Paul Freeman.

Sea of Rainbow

19 Feb 2019

Black and white photographs from the 2002 Gay Games have been found hiding away in the museum closet, and now we are raising the flag for queer stories of the sea.

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The young crew aboard HMAS Voyage. Image: John Withers.

Speaking of history

12 Feb 2019

Collecting oral histories from Navy veterans has been a profoundly humbling experience for volunteer David O'Sullivan.

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The exposed breech of one of four iron cannons at shipwreck site RI 2394 (‘Kerry site’). The visible portion of the cannon is approximately one metre in length, and the photogrammetry target in the foreground measures 10 centimetres square. Image: Irini Malliaros/Silentworld Foundation© RIMAP 2018, used with permission.

Photogrammetric recording in the search for Cook’s Endeavour

10 Feb 2019

Lieutenant James Cook’s HMB Endeavour is best known as the ship whose voyage to Australia led to the European colonisation of this continent. But what became of it after it returned to England? The answer seems to lie on the muddy seafloor of a historic harbour in the United States. By Dr James Hunter and Kieran Hosty (ANMM) and Irini Malliaros (Silentworld Foundation).

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Black tip reef shark. Image: Global_Pics/iStock.

Thinking about sharks

05 Feb 2019

Neuroscientist Dr Richard Gates is fascinated by the relationship between a shark's brain function and their behaviour. So, what do we know about these apex animals?

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Ghost net turtle in the water of Erub Island. Image: Erub Arts.

Ghost nets

30 Jan 2019

Sculptures made from abandoned fishing nets weave a message of sustainability

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