Meet us at the dead centre of Gympie for our next death literacy event.
We’ll be having a conversation with Natalie from the Gympie Cemetery Trust in their beautiful gazebo on Cartwright Rd.
Natalie and Michelle are the friendly faces you will see when you visit the office at Gympie Cemetery. Every day they guide people through choosing a resting place in the cemetery, preparing for services and looking after the graves of loved ones.
Inspired by Dying To Know Day, at Gympie Bone Museum we’re trying bring to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement and an opportunity to:
– develop your death literacy
– consider your end of life plans such as a will and advance care plans
– share these wishes with your families
– get informed about end of life and death care options such as dying at home, home and community led funerals and natural burial
– be better equipped to support family and friends experiencing death, dying and bereavement
This is your opportunity to listen and ask any question that you are ‘dying to know’ about the cemetery but have never had the chance to ask.
Regular visitors to the museum will know that we always have items on loan from the Queensland Museum. This helps us keep the displays fresh and interesting while we are making new ones in the background. It also lets us display native animal specimens which have special and expensive licensing requirements.
We are thrilled to announce that John and Ann from Fastway Couriers Sunshine Coast depot have sponsored the cost of transport for 50 boxes. This is a huge hand up for the museum. The savings we have made on freight can now go towards building more skeletons for the permanent collection. With same day service to Brisbane and comprehensive online tracking capability we can be confident that the delicate museum specimens are in safe and capable hands.
If you happen to see our Gympie courier, Darryl, out and about in his bright blue Fastway shirt then give him a thumbs up. He does a great job in all kinds of weather and takes good care of our delicate freight.
Thank you, John and Ann! Generous people like yourselves are the very backbone of the the Gympie Bone Museum.
Join us on the verandah at the Australian Hotel Gympie for a conversation with Murray Keys from the Gympie Community Solar Association.
Murray had a long and successful career in forest science research and is now the president of the Gympie Community Solar Association which helps people assess their power bills and work out the cost-benefit analysis of fitting solar power systems to their homes. They are a not for profit group.
Murray has a particular interest in mitigating climate change as he has observed the effects on our environment and seen first hand the issues it is causing in the Pacific and Asia where a lot of forest research projects are managed as joint projects with state and federal government.
This is a Gympie Bone Museum free event sponsored by Gympie Regional STEM Hub. We just ask you to register to help us plan for catering. Drinks available at the bar.
Science in the Pub have been our most popular events and it is our pleasure to showcase the Science Superheroes of the region.
Register now for our free It’s a Skin Thing workshop on Saturday 12 May 2018.
We need lots of small bones for a crowd built public art piece that will be built in the museum in June. The museum has been listed on the Gympie Regional Gallery Studio Art Trail this year and we want all our visitors to be a part of a new exhibit.
To get enough bones ready in time for the project we need a few extra hands. This is a good opportunity to run a free skinning workshop and get it done quickly.
We’ll be skinning small, introduced species like toads and mice which have all been humanely sourced and euthanased. All materials including gloves will be provided. This workshop is not for the faint hearted!
Tea, coffee, cold drinks and afternoon tea will be provided.
This workshop will run from 1pm – 5pm Saturday 12 May 2018. Numbers are strictly limited to just 12 places. Please note this event will not be held in the museum but will be held in our workshop nearby. Address details will be provided to participants the day before the event.
NOW EVERY FORTNIGHT FROM 29 Jan 2018
Join us after work for an introduction to drawing techniques with Tina Van. Enjoy a complimentary sparkling drink (non-alcoholic for under 18s) while this accomplished art teacher leads us through the basics of drawing with pencil and charcoal. Explore the world of positive and negative space which our skeletal subjects lend themselves to so well.
Bookings essential. $25 at the Museum, EFT available or through Eventbrite.
Not all superheroes where capes – some of them wear fur coats!
Join us on the verandah for a conversation with Natalie Dowling and detection dog Maya from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Detection Dogs for Conservation program. Natalie will disuss the innovative koala research programme that trains and employs dogs to be science superheroes. The dogs are trained to sniff out the scat of koalas so the humans can collect it and study it to secure the long term future of koala populations without disturbing the koalas. Dogs and poo – it’s a match! The dogs have sniffed their way through significant portions of Gympie and the Sunshine Coast and have contributed to the mapping of koala populations to secure the future of this unique but threatened species.
This is a free event. We just ask you to register to help us plan for catering. Drinks available at the bar.
Alan Mackay-Sim is a science superhero as far as we’re concerned. You’ve probably noticed by now that we are all about the science. There is plenty of fun to be had in this project, but at the end of the day we want to promote more science literacy to battle the fake new scare tactics. To fight the good fight you need some smart muscle on your side, which is where our Science Superheroes come in.
2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist. His research career has focused on how the sensory neurons in the nose are replaced and regenerated from stem cells. He is a world leader in spinal cord injury research. He led the Brisbane team in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord in the first stages of a therapy to treat human paraplegia. Alan established the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in 2006. He developed an adult stem cell bank from over 300 people with different neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial mutation disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, ataxia telangiectasia and motor neuron disease. These stem cells are used to identify the biological bases of neurological diseases using genomics, proteomics and cell function assays and this work is leading to new drug therapies.
In another first for Gympie, the Gympie Bone Museum brings 2017 Australian of the Year Prof Alan Mackay-Sim to town for Science in the Pub.
Join us for a cold one after work on the verandah at the family-friendly Australian Hotel Gympie for a conversation with Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim . Alan is a neuroscientist, stem cell scientist and STEM champion at the Griffith University Institute for Drug Discovery.
Cindy Vogels will be our host to find out from Alan what he knows about stem cells in the nose and how that led to some leaps and bounds in spinal regeneration treatment.
Bonus points for getting Alan’s top tips for maintaining a magnificent mustache!
Its a free event, just register so we can get a handle on numbers for seating & finger food. Drinks available at the bar.
Good news, Skeleton Crew! The Gympie Bone Museum art show at The quARTz HuB has been extended due to popular demand. The show will now be closing next Thursday 10 August. This will be your last chance to see the exhibit in this format. The last Torchlight Tour will be held on Wednesday the 9th from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Other than that we have no private bookings for the coming week so if you’d like to rent the exhibition to host a private function it is available. Don’t forget that the artwork is for sale so you can take home a piece of history – this is the first exhibition from the first dedicated bone museum in Australia. Certain pieces are also available for touring so if you’d like to host them in your local gallery or public venue then please get in touch. Finally, National Science Week is coming up 12-20 August and if you’ve got a boney idea you’d like to put into action then we’re all ears. Let’s do something brilliant together!