Deep Oceans: Putting the exhibition together

Uploaded by austmus on 13.05.2012

Putting the exhibition together
Frank Howarth: The Deep Oceans has fascinated people for 1000s of years. I’m Frank Howarth
and I’m the director at the Australian Museum.
In these short videos we want to tell you something about the preparations for our very
own Deep Oceans Exhibition.
Frank Howarth: I’m with Em Blamey project manager for the Deep Oceans Exhibition at
the Australian Museum.
Tell me Em, what does an exhibition project manager normally do at the Australian Museum?
Em Blamey: Well the project manager is basically responsible for making the project happen.
So it is all the scheduling, make sure we are coming in on budget all the purchasing,
basically co-ordinating all the different things that contribute to the project. And
make sure it opens on time and delivers on what we want it to achieve.
Frank Howarth: So how are you doing that roll for the Deep Oceans Exhibition?
Em Blamey: Doing it with the help of a project team. We basically form a team of people so
we can have input from all the different areas of the museum that are going to be affected.
And my role is to co-ordinate them.
But also for the deep oceans exhibitions its slightly different.
As well as the project manager hat, I’m also curating the exhibition with help from
science. So helping decide what specimens to include sourcing objects that side of it.
And I’m writing all the text for the exhibition as well. So lots of different hats on. But
means I’m really involved and really enjoying the process cause I’m learning as I go so
much every day.
Frank Howarth: What particular challenges does creating an exhibition about the deep
oceans present for someone like you?
Em Blamey: Some of the challenges are good challenges to have. One thing there are so
many fascinating stories.
Every time you read something you find out something more, so one of the challenges is
actually narrowing it down to what you can actually include and how much information
you can expect people to take in, while they are visiting an exhibition.
Some of the other challenges are things like the specimens that we have from the deep ocean
because a lot of them have been sitting in jars of alcohol for years and years no longer
look quite like they did when they were alive.
So there is all the challenge of trying to present them in such a way that people can
get an appreciation of what they would have looked like and how they would have behaved.
As apposed to these sort of wrinkled grey blobs that are sitting in jars.
So there is a mixture.
Frank Howarth: What sort of messages would you like people to take way from the exhibition?
Em Blamey: The main messages we are trying to get across is that the deep oceans are
this fascinating wonderful environment. They basically cover 70% of our planet.
But very very little of it has been explored.
So we want people to get an appreciation for the deep oceans as this wondrous and fascinating
But also the care of the deep oceans as well. Because although we haven’t studied them
a lot we are already impacting them through climate change, mining and fishing. We are
actually having some impacts on the deep oceans.
We haven’t studied them enough to fully understand what those impacts might be. It
is an important issue.
Frank Howarth: When will we be opening the Exhibition?
Em Blamey: We open on the 16th June. It is all coming together now. It is getting very
exciting, stuff is starting to get built things are coming together it is looking good.