Last night was a night of ‘cracking ideas’. It was the launch at the Powerhouse Museum of the Go Crackers with Contraptionsat Wallace & Gromit’s World of Inventions … just right for the coming school holidays. When I first came up with the idea for my latest book – Inventions & Innovations – we had a meeting with museum staff where we told then, or soon thereafter, that this exhibition was coming, and so it was perfect timing to create the Inventions book! Of course that information was kept very quiet but I knew that this book was being timelined for this exhibition and as you can see from some of the photos below the book is on prominent display at the entrance to the exhibition.
The World of Inventions exhibition showcases a few sets from the Wallace & Gromit series (I can’t believe we actually get to see the sets … and Gromit looks way much bigger on set than on the TV series) as well as some of the museum’s very own exhibits. There are a few fun activities for kids in the exhibition too! I was bit too big for the tunnel slide! The museum has also created a trail for kids to explore with some their own inventions and innovations too.
Absolutely buzzed was I to meet the son of the creator of the Supreme Mouse Trap Making Machine – which stands right at the front of the exhibit entrance. This bits and pieces machines for decades created million and millions of Supreme Mouse Traps which saved many Australian homes (including mine) from the feastings of invading mice. Of course the Inventions book and Vegemite (iconic Australian breakfast spread that is an acquired taste … and I HAVE acquired that taste) are right there at the entrance too.
What a magical place is the museum but for me, getting access to the basement when I was gathering data and working with Debbie Rudder (wonderful encyclopaedic curator) and seeing the off exhibit items – wow! Like I have been quoted, I was like a child being let loose in a candy shop!
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]