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Welcome to ‘The Heart of Australian Racing: the Melbourne Cup’ symposium

Bryan Martin, racing broadcaster and Andrew Sayers, National Museum of Australia

Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

MC for the day Bryan Martin provides a brief background to the Melbourne Cup and Andrew Sayers, the new Director of the National Museum, outlines why the Museum recently declined to lend Phar Lap’s heart to Melbourne for the horse’s re-assembly.

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What the Melbourne Cup means to me

Wendy Green, Sheila Laxon, Mark de Mestre and John Letts in conversation with Bryan Martin

Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

Hear what the Melbourne Cup means to the owner of a cup winner, the first female trainer to win both the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups, the grandson of the inaugural Melbourne Cup winning trainer, and a former jockey who has won the Melbourne Cup twice.

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Where does the Melbourne Cup belong in Australian culture - and why has it endured?

Louise Douglas and Carol Cooper, National Museum of Australia

Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

To introduce this session Louise Douglas talks about not only Phar Lap’s heart but also many other objects associated with the Melbourne Cup in the National Museum of Australia’s National Historical Collection.

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On the Punt: Chance, racing and the horse in Australian life and culture

Bob Charley, Fiona Carruthers, Alan Eskander and Geoff Slattery in conversation with James Warden

Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

Hear a racing administrator, the author of The Horse in Australia, a bookie and a sports publisher discuss the public fascination with the Cup as not only a day of fashion, socialising, networking and fun but also a time to chance their luck with a bet.

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Public conversation: Bowled over by Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh and John Harms

20 June 2010

Journalist, acclaimed cricket historian and devoted club cricketer Gideon Haigh and sportswriter John Harms explore the changing value of the baggy green and its significance as a symbol of Australia.

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nation, sport

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The Chinese in Bendigo

Anne-Marie Conde, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 9 June 2010

Curator Anne-Marie Conde shares her work developing an exhibit on Bendigo as part of the gold module for the Landmarks: People and Places across Australia gallery, covering in particular the development of the Chinese community from the 1850s.

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art, gold, migration

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Symbols of Australia public forum with Rod Quantock

Melissa Harper, Shino Konishi, Rod Quantock, Peter Spearritt, Linda Thompson and Richard White

4 June 2010

Join comedian Rod Quantock, historians and other writers for an entertaining, provocative and controversial look at Australia’s best-loved symbols – from the quirky to the official, and those with the power to make a nation.

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collection, museums, nation

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Caring for collections – welcome and keynote address

Dr Philip Jones, South Australian Museum and Louise Douglas, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Philip Jones delivers ‘From curation to management: reflections on museum objects’, a consideration of how the traditional curatorial role has changed.

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collection, conservation, museums

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Chasing shadows – acquiring and managing virtual collections

Poppy Wenham, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Poppy Wenham looks at some of the issues in adapting museum practice to the challenges of born-digital collection material and asks what we need to do to work effectively with virtual collections.

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collection, museums

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Reflecting on 30 years in conservation

Eric Archer, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Eric Archer reflects on the achievements in the conservation professions and the incorporation of conservators into mainstream collections management structures. He also raises the issue of how to open up objects in non-displayed collections.

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collection, conservation, museums

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