The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

Object Lesson

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Object Lesson is a digital content series from the Powerhouse that upends and inverts the legacy of a set of lesson cards held in the collection since 1880. Named for English educator Elizabeth Mayo’s 1831 publication Lessons on Objects, the series is underpinned by a desire to learn more about the objects in our collection from people and communities who have special relationships with them.

Knowledge stems not only from teacher or institution or object alone — but at the intersection of …