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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.


collection, museums


Question and answer session with Archie Roach and friends

Bill Johnson, Archie Roach, Michael Long and Stephen Munro

22 January 2011

Songman Archie Roach, former AFL star and Indigenous activist Michael Long, and Bill Johnson, whose Indigenous son Louis died tragically, with curator Stephen Munro, answer questions from the audience following the screening of the film Liyarn Ngarn.


indigenous, sport


Yalangbara: Art of the Djang’kawu: exhibition launch

Mawalan 2 Marika, Matilda House, Franchesca Cubillo, Dr Margo Neale and Andrew Sayers

9 December 2010

After introductions by Andrew Sayers and Dr Margo Neale and a welcome to country by Matilda House, Mawalan 2 Marika speaks on behalf of the Marika family, followed by Franchesca Cubillo, senior Indigenous art curator at the National Gallery of Australia.


art, indigenous


Country, memory and art: Understanding Indigenous art

Howard Morphy, John Carty and Dr Michael Pickering

8 December 2010

Anthropologists Howard Morphy and John Carty, and senior curator Mike Pickering, discuss Indigenous art from the Western Desert and Arnhem Land, and how art from both regions reflects concepts of Country, family and memory.


art, indigenous, memory


Aboriginal treasures at the Vatican

Dr Margo Neale, National Museum of Australia

1 December 2010

Margo talks about the new exhibition of Aboriginal artworks sent from Catholic missions in the north and west of Australia to the Vatican that recently opened at the Vatican’s Ethnological Museum and coincided with the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop.


art, indigenous, spirituality


The Melbourne Cup: 150 years of history

Isa Menzies, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 10 November 2010

The first Tuesday in November this year sees the running of the 150th Melbourne Cup. Curator Isa Menzies gives an insight into the race that stops the nation: from the glitz and glamour to the seamy underside of horseracing in Australia.




The Big Wet: history, art, science and community in the Desert Channels

Mandy Martin, Libby Robin, Chris Dickman and Guy Fitzhardinge

22 October 2010

Artist Mandy Martin, historian Libby Robin and zoologist Chris Dickman join Guy Fitzhardinge from Desert Channels Queensland for an insightful discussion that explores partnerships, art and writings about conservation around our desert rivers.


art, conservation, desert


Letter readings from the Voyages of Discovery

Rhys Muldoon, Andrew Sayers and Michelle Hetherington

20 October 2010

Actor Rhys Muldoon, joined by the Director of the National Museum of Australia, Andrew Sayers, and curator of the Exploration and Endeavour exhibition bring to life the letters from the voyages of discovery to Australia.


colonial, cook, journeys


The Pigott inquiry and country museums in Australia

Anne-Marie Condé, National Museum of Australia

13 October 2010

In 1974 a committee, to be chaired by Peter Pigott, was set up to inquire into the state of museums in Australia and in particular the development of small country museums. Anne-Marie will talk about her research into the Pigott committee records.


museums, regional


Understanding and representing trauma: speaker presentations

Dr Joanna Sassoon, Dr Adele Chynoweth, Dr Jay Arthur, Dr Geoffrey Megargee and Dr Mike Pickering

Understanding and Representing Trauma conversation, 5 October 2010

Museums and kindred institutions that are serious about reflecting human life are often compelled to confront the dark side of human experience we might prefer not to face. But if we are to be truthful, we must do so.


children, conflict, exhibition, museums

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