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.


Stephen Gapps

Stephen is a Curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. In 2014 he developed the War at Sea - The Navy in WWI exhibition. He was previously responsible for the collection areas of Environment and Industry. In 2015 Stephen developed a display showcasing Australian and Indonesian maritime connections. He has research interests in early colonial Australian history, Pirates and Vikings.

A museum of dioramas

09 Oct 2015

On a recent trip to Indonesia I was struck by how many museums were based around dioramas. Rather than how we usually think of museums — as a display of things from the past (objects) with labels and text — many Indonesian museums are solely based around snapshots of history, with no objects in sight.

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Submarine AE1

14 Sep 2015

Discover the story of Australia's most enduring maritime mystery — the loss of the navy’s first submarine AE1 in 1914.

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History and theatre – Black Armada exhibition opens in Indonesia

02 Sep 2015

Exhibition openings in Indonesia are really something. At the Black Armada (Armada Hitam) opening at the Museum Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta on 31 August there were decorations, traditional dancers, prayers, speeches, a sumptuous feast, and to top it all off, an explosion-packed historical re-enactment of a battle by Indonesian freedom fighters.

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Black Armada

17 Aug 2015

On 17 August 1945, Indonesia declared its independence as a nation. Learn more about Australia’s role during the Indonesian independence struggle and the so-called 'Black Armada'.

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