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Bringing the world’s heritage to Australia

Betty Churcher and Dr Caroline Turner

A tribute to Bob Edwards, 22 March 2011

Former National Gallery of Australia director Betty Churcher and art scholar Dr Caroline Turner discuss Bob Edwards’ contribution to persuading overseas gallery directors to allow exhibitions of masters to come to Australia.

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art, culture, exhibition

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A portrait of Bob Edwards

Doug Hall, Commissioner for the Venice Biennale and former Director, Queensland Art Gallery

A tribute to Bob Edwards, 22 March 2011

A discussion on John Elliott’s portrait of Bob Edwards at the National Portrait Gallery and how it portrays elements of Bob’s character, including his cultural diplomacy and advocacy for Australia’s Indigenous people.

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art, indigenous, museums

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Bob Edwards: from orchardist to ethnographer

Dick Richards

A tribute to Bob Edwards, 22 March 2011

Childhood friend Dick Richards provides an insight into Bob Edwards’ early years, from growing up on family farms on the Adelaide Plains, to market gardening, the Royal Geographic Society and his anthropological studies.

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anthropology, art, indigenous, museums

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Contributions from friends and colleagues

John Bannon, Michael Treloar, Howard Morphy, Bob Edwards and Peter Stanley

A tribute to Bob Edwards, 22 March 2011

The man of the moment, Bob Edwards, responds to messages from friends and colleagues who paid tribute to his work.

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archaeology, art, indigenous, museums

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A tribute to Dr Robert Edwards AO: welcome and keynote address

Andrew Sayers, Director, National Museum of Australia and Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum

A tribute to Bob Edwards, 22 March 2011

A welcome by Andrew Sayers followed by Neil MacGregor’s reflections on Bob Edwards as museum curator, anthropologist and archaeologist, founding director of the Aboriginal Arts Board and exhibitions wheeler and dealer.

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art, indigenous, museums

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Early curatorial career at the South Australian Museum

Dr Philip Jones, South Australian Museum

A tribute to Bob Edwards, 22 March 2011

Highlights from Bob Edwards’ fieldwork, collecting Aboriginal stone tools and documenting rock art and engravings, and his time at the South Australian Museum in the 1960s–70s.

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anthropology, indigenous, museums

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Exhibition launch: Not Just Ned: A true history of the Irish in Australia

Daniel Gilbert, Simon Crean, Frances Fitzgerald, Tom Keneally and Andrew Sayers

Not Just Ned: Irish in Australia series, 16 March 2011

Author Tom Keneally officially launches the National Museum’s new exhibition about the Irish contribution to Australia. Includes a performance by the Alan Kelly Quartet and speeches by the Federal Arts Minister and new Irish children’s minister.

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exhibition, irish, migration

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In the national interest: the National Museum of Australia

Andrew Sayers, Director, National Museum of Australia

16 March 2011

In this National Press Club address Andrew Sayers talks about how the ideas that have shaped us as a nation, and continue to shape our thinking, can be illuminated and debated in the National Museum of Australia.

Audio courtesy of the National Press Club.

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history, memory, museums, nation, regional

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Stirring the pot: women in the business of food

Donna Lee Brien, Marion Halligan, Janet Jeffs and Dr Adele Wessell

6 March 2011

Women are strongly represented in Australia’s food industry as producers, chefs, cookbook authors and creative writers. Chef Janet Jeffs, novelist Marion Halligan and food historians Adele Wessell and Donna Lee Brien explore women’s stories about food.

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food, women

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Collectorfest: a right royal celebration

Guy Hansen and Professor Peter Spearritt

13 February 2011

Curator Guy Hansen and passionate royal memorabilia collector Professor Peter Spearritt discuss Australia’s fascination with royalty and then showcase five items belonging to collectors from the audience.

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collection, museums

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