Unlocked: Stories from our Scientists
The South Australian Museum is a major centre of exciting scientific discovery. Our institution plays an important global role as our scientists work to understand and conserve Australia's natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations.
Researchers embark on amazing adventures across the world to discover and describe new species of fauna and their relationship with the environment, provide valuable advice to policymakers, lawyers and corporations, and act as custodians of the Museum's extensive national collections. Our scientists are world leaders in fields such as palaeontology, evolutionary biology, terrestrial invertebrates and mineralogy.
Each week, Unlocked brings you the hidden gems from the South Australian Museum. Be inspired as you unearth the secrets of science.
23 May 2013
The South Australian Museum's Curator of Foreign Ethnology Dr Barry Craig has been researching the Museum's Pacific collections since 1995. He is building a picture of life in the Pacific Islands during the late-19th and 20th centuries.
By locating objects in the cultural contexts from which they came, and through the life-histories of the people who collected these things, local and international visitors to the Museum, and other researchers, we can better appreciate Pacific Islands cultures and arrive at a richer understanding of human nature.
The South Australian Museum holds more than 17,000 items from the Pacific Islands, particularly from New Guinea, New Ireland, New Britain, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji.
- Created: 15 May 2013
20 May 2013
This week across the globe, more than 30,000 museums in 100 countries celebrate International Museum Day. The May 18 event invites us to look more closely at what a museum is and why it plays an essential role in the community. The South Australian Museum exists to educate, create, inspire and entertain by discovering and showcasing the wisdom of the world around us to our local and international visitors.
This year's International Museum Day theme is Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change. As an institution, we strive to apply knowledge in creative ways through innovative scientific research and inspiring programs for children. Our hope is to help create an intelligent and aware society, by igniting a passion in young minds for science and the natural world. We want them to carry this wonder throughout their lives, and at the most, become successors to our talented scientists. Through our many functions and services, we are able to create a safe and exciting place on North Terrace for visitors to discover the world. The Museum remains a solid part of Adelaide's artistic and scientific culture and wants to sustain an engaging array of exhibitions and activities for families.
- Created: 20 May 2013
10 May 2013
The South Australian Museum is conducting exciting research into Aboriginal archaeological and burial sites on the State's Yorke Peninsula, which will tell us more about the diet and culture of people from up to 2000 years ago.
South Australian Museum Archaeologist Dr Keryn Walshe is researching archaeology and human remains from the Narungga community, which were originally handed in to the Museum by local residents, farmers and holidaymakers up to a century ago.
"We thought it would be a really good opportunity to return to the collections in the Museum - the skeletal material from the burials and the archaeology. Some of the archaeology material is 8000 years old and that made it so much more interesting because we could really begin to understand how people were living 8000 years ago on Yorke Peninsula."
- Created: 10 May 2013