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Review of the National Museum of Australia’s Australian Journeys gallery

Dr Michael Cathcart, University of Melbourne and Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Historian Michael Cathcart critiques the new Australian Journeys gallery, which traces Australia’s interconnections with the world. Exhibition curator Martha Sear responds, in a discussion chaired by museum general manager Louise Douglas.

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audiences, exhibition, journeys, migration

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From collections to exhibitions – welcome and keynote address

Professor Howard Morphy, Australian National University and Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Peter Stanley welcomes guests to the 2009 National Museum Collections Symposium and key speaker Howard Morphy delivers ‘Perspectives on exhibiting collections,’ looking at the significance of artefacts and the stories they can tell.

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art, collection, exhibition, indigenous

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No presence in the case: looking for Tahiti in world museums

Dr Jenny Newell, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

The presence of objects from Tahiti in museums across the world is examined by historian Jenny Newell. She discusses the representations of Tahiti over the years and suggests how museums might renew Tahitian exhibitions and collections.

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collection, museums, pacific

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A load of old rubbish: displaying archaeology of the modern city

Dr Charlotte Smith, Museum Victoria

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Charlotte Smith outlines the development of an exhibition at Museum Victoria based on urban archaeology. She discusses the challenges in interpreting the ‘rubbish’ and creating a snapshot of life in nineteenth-century Melbourne.

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archaeology, domestic, exhibition, museums, urban

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Into the light

Nicola Smith, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Conservator Nicola Smith examines the management of exhibition light levels at the National Museum of Australia. She addresses display periods, object replacement and new non-destructive methods of assessing object degradation from light.

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conservation, exhibition, museums

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A cast of thousands: redevelopment of Circa

Bronwyn Dowdall, Dr Martha Sear and Jennifer Wilson

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

National Museum curators and researchers discuss the development of the Museum’s introductory Circa rotating theatre. They examine its function and the use of new narratives to explore the National Historical Collection.

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collection, museums, photography

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Dead museum animals: from ‘order of nature’ to chaos of culture

Dr Libby Robin, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Libby Robin looks at the use of dead animal collections in museums. She examines the scientific precedents behind these collections and how they are evolving from representations of science to components of social history and art studies.

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art, collection, museums, science

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What was it like: a perspective on history in museums

Brian Crozier, Crozier Schutt Associates

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Museum consultant Brian Crozier considers how material culture might be interpreted by museums for popular rather than academic audiences. He examines the cultural contributions that museums may make in the study of history.

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audiences, collection, exhibition, museums

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Flora Pell: Australia’s first domestic goddess

Alison Wishart, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Alison Wishart examines the challenges of displaying rare cookery books in museums. She focuses on Flora Pell’s Our Cookery Book, published in 1916, and suggests display methods to allow better visitor interaction.

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domestic, exhibition, food

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From flat things big things grow!

Elspeth Wishart, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Elspeth Wishart outlines the challenges facing the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in exhibiting important two-dimensional artefacts. She relates how the museum must balance the needs of visitors with the care of these artefacts, a letter and a flag.

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audiences, collection, exhibition, museums

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