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New to the Abbey Museum collection

New to the Abbey Museum collection

It is always exciting to receive new objects into the Abbey Museum collection and over the last four weeks a number of artefacts have been donated. These include an early Victorian prie-dieu,  a Pygmy bow and 8 arrows,  a small collection of Roman bow brooches and a...

The Journey of a Sofer: a study into spiritual calligraphy

The Journey of a Sofer: a study into spiritual calligraphy

Discovering more about the creation of some of the fascinating religious texts on display in the Abbey Museum. On Saturday 24 April, Mr Brodie Taylor, Curator (Arts and Exhibitions), University of Southern Queensland, will give a presentation to the Abbey Museum...

Rosalie Gilbert: Secret Women’s Business

Rosalie Gilbert: Secret Women’s Business

With her upcoming talk Secret Women's Business: Feminine Hygiene in the Middle Ages, we caught up with Rosalie Gilbert to get to know a bit about her work as a researcher, author and reenactor as well as gain insight about the lives of medieval women.How did your...

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons – Doc by Day…

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons – Doc by Day…

If you have ever strolled through the Abbey Medieval Festival, you may likely have been fascinated with historical re-enactment.  But what is it all about? Fundamentally, it is bringing the past to life in an inspiring first person display. The Abbey Medieval Festival...

Festive Fashion – Finesse or Fiasco?

Festive Fashion – Finesse or Fiasco?

Does anyone own an ugly Christmas woolly jumper? Or more appropriately for our hot summer climate an ugly Christmas ‘Santa on surfboard’ tropical shirt? Do you do the ‘Christmas family photos’ all wearing the same festive shirt or reindeer antlers or in Santa‘s hat?...

Let’s talk about Mead and it’s revival!

Let’s talk about Mead and it’s revival!

In July 2020, we launched a specially made Abbey label Mead to our supporters through a wonderful collaboration with Amrita Park Meadery. Production for these custom batches began 12 months earlier at their Meadery in the Noosa Hinterland, and we planned for...

Celebrating grant funding success!

Celebrating grant funding success!

In an unusual year when nothing has been what one might call “normal”, the availability of grants has been a lifesaver in some ways for the Museum. The Director, Edith Cuffe, in fact, spent most of the time during ‘COVID lockdown’ scouring the internet for potential...

A Toss of a Coin

A Toss of a Coin

One of the exciting things about working at the Abbey Museum is being there when a new object is donated. Recently, the Abbey was given a fabulous example of a silver 30-tari coin from Malta. This coin was issued in 1798 during the brief reign of Ferdinand von...

A Very Brief History of Camping

A Very Brief History of Camping

Here in Australia, camping is a huge past time – you can go camping with your friends, family, and children. Sometimes you go camping for a weekend out, sometimes you can camp for weeks on end for your school or work holidays. But did you know the history of this past...

Camping Through The Ages Raffles!

Camping Through The Ages Raffles!

Updated 15 November, 2020 - The Abbey Museum's 'Camping Through The Ages' were two concurrent online raffles that offered the chance to win two different sets of camping themed prizes!  It officially ended 31st October, 2020. See below for the winners!1420 1st PRIZE...

Desalination of ancient artefacts

Desalination of ancient artefacts

Salt can have devastating effects on ancient artefacts. It also can be a tricky process to deal with these salts to protect an artefact over time.  Such is the case with one particular process taken on an artefact in the Abbey Museum Collection, the circular plaque of...

Museum Reborn

Museum Reborn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itCw4LRMy0o This is story of John Ward and the Abbey Museum, from its genesis in England as the Abbey Folk Park, to its re-emergence in Caboolture QLD, as the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology. The remarkable story started with a...

Abbey Roman Flask – still in one piece after 2,000 years.

Abbey Roman Flask – still in one piece after 2,000 years.

Among the Abbey Museum’s more recent acquisitions is a collection of forty-four objects from Turkey, Tunisia and Papua New Guinea including an amazing intact Roman glass flask. It is incredible to have such a fragile object in our collection, considering it was...

A world icon at the Abbey

A world icon at the Abbey

From the collection of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology,‘Ehon Azuma-asobi’ (Picture book of the pleasure spots of the Eastern Capital) Here at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology we are the fortunate custodians of a series of woodblock printed illustrations...

Buy An Oxgang of Land

Buy An Oxgang of Land

Imagine walking into a real estate agent’s office and asking to buy an oxgang of land.  You would most likely receive some very strange looks and be sent packing. Or you might just be lucky enough to talk to a real estate agent who knew something about historical land...

The Story of a Clockmaker

The Story of a Clockmaker

Sometimes it is extraordinary how small serendipitous consequences can have great results. Such was the outcome from a recent visitor to the Museum who came from Bedale, a tiny village in the Yorkshire Dales.  They reported back to their local newspaper that they had...

Symbols in Art – Clues and Problems

Symbols in Art – Clues and Problems

When we explore medieval religious art you could be astonished by the number of objects being held by the figures depicted either in paint or in stained glass windows. Looking at some of the stained glass windows in the Abbey Church there are a number of saints that...

Curator Interview with Michael Strong

Curator Interview with Michael Strong

This interview was intended to capture a relatable snapshot of Michael Strong’s life, so that every-day South East Queenslanders (or anyone for that matter!) could find out a little about his humble beginnings, his long connection to the Abbey Museum of Art and...