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Camping Through The Ages Raffles!

Camping Through The Ages Raffles!

How do you choose to camp?  Do you enjoy more of a 21st century experience or do your prefer to take yourself back 600 years? The Abbey Museum's 'Camping Through The Ages' are two concurrent online raffles that offer the chance to win two different sets of prizes!...

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...

Musketeer Makeover

Musketeer Makeover

After completing the fundraising for the conservation of the medieval and Victorian Stained glass in the Abbey Church and a window of one of the Three Magi above the door to the Abbey Museum, focus has turned to fundraising for the conservation of smaller, but still...

New Addition to the Abbey Museum’s Collection

New Addition to the Abbey Museum’s Collection

An Unusual Object in our Collection – The Roman Balance One of the latest additions to our ever-growing collection is an unusual-looking metal device that one has to wonder about. Mind boggling – yes, but in fact this implement has a very practical application. Then,...

The Abbey Museum’s Black Rider

The Abbey Museum’s Black Rider

In mid-2016, the Abbey Museum finally fulfilled a long-held dream to acquire a complete medieval suit of armour to complement the existing stories of the Abbey collection of medieval artefacts.  With the support of the Abbey Museum Friends and a private donor a...

Favourite Things of the Abbey Museum

Favourite Things of the Abbey Museum

Most of us know that the Abbey Museum has some special items in their collection – but what do you really know about it and do you have a favourite thing? Have you ever walked through the museum and a special object has caught your eye?  What was it?  Where...

Abbey Museum is a GAMAA Award Winner

Abbey Museum is a GAMAA Award Winner

The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology was last night announced as a winner and a finalist at the GAMAA awards.  The awards – Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards – are presented annually to honour the achievements of individuals and organisations in striving...

Medieval Artefacts Donated to the Abbey Museum

Medieval Artefacts Donated to the Abbey Museum

There was great excitement in the Abbey Museum office last week; in fact, it felt a little like Christmas, as the Director unwrapped a group of medieval artefacts that had been donated to the Museum. We always endeavour to grow the medieval collections because of the...

Teaching the Value of Archaeology

Teaching the Value of Archaeology

To many people archaeology embodies adventure, excitement, very old things and, of course, thanks to the Indiana Jones franchise, unfortunately Nazis. The image of Indiana Jones, Hollywood’s archetypal archaeologist, has been burned into the minds of the “baby boomer”...

Medieval Pilgrim Badge Donation Excitement

Medieval Pilgrim Badge Donation Excitement

Donated Pilgrim Badge of St Thomas Becket The Abbey Museum recently received a generous donation of a 14th century Pilgrim Badge of St Thomas Becket. A pilgrim badge, like the suit of armour also acquired this year, has been on the Museum’s wish list for a number of...

Collection Donations: Gifts of Ancient Treasures

Collection Donations: Gifts of Ancient Treasures

With the advent of on-line sale websites such as Ebay and Gum Tree, and difficult financial times in general, collection donations of antiquities to the Abbey Museum had all but dried up. However, excitingly, 2016 seemed to buck the trend and over the last few months...