Bathurst Fossil and Mineral Museum: Thylacine display, the Somerville Collection

Stead, Naomi (2005) Bathurst Fossil and Mineral Museum: Thylacine display, the Somerville Collection. Artichoke, 2 10: 78-83.

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Author Stead, Naomi
Title Bathurst Fossil and Mineral Museum: Thylacine display, the Somerville Collection
Journal name Artichoke
ISSN 1442-0953
Publication date 2005
Year available 2005
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
Open Access Status
Volume 2
Issue 10
Start page 78
End page 83
Total pages 6
Place of publication Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Architecture Media
Language eng
Subject 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract
Thylacine Design Company have displayed the exuberant Somerville Collection of fossils and minerals within the shell of a Victorian gothic school building in Bathurst.

Given the way that the public fascination for all things prehistoric has been buoyed by popular films and documentaries, fossils and dinosaur bones must surely seem a windfall for new museum planners. A windfall, too, for the exhibition designers. Despite the logistical challenges of assembling and installing such objects, they often have the advantage of being sculptural as well as visually rich. So if you’re lucky enough to have a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on hand, as was the case for design company Thylacine at the new Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, it seems it would be hard to go too far wrong displaying it. Minerals, though, are a slightly different proposition. Let’s face it, a collection of rocks arranged in chronological order could a very dull museum make. But the minerals in the Somerville collection could hardly be further from a bunch of boring rocks. With a dazzling variety of colour, form and complexity, the massed constellation of minerals in this new regional museum takes on exotic and other-worldly connotations...
Keyword Architecture
Musuem
Original Creative Works - Textual work
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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