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Writing Captain Cook symposium

Professor Geoffrey Blainey, Jackie French, Susan Hall, Dr Maria Nugent and Martin Terry

Historical Interpretation series, 17 May 2009

Leading writers and historians discuss their recent books on Captain James Cook and explore Australia’s continuing fascination with the explorer.

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cook, exploration, pacific

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Design inspirations behind the Museum building

Sue Dove, Coffey Projects

29 April 2009

Sue Dove provides an insight into the design of the National Museum of Australia, discussing the building’s aim and function, the influence of other international buildings, contentious design aspects, and the expression of major Australian themes.

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architecture, museums

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Rugged Beyond Imagination: Stories from an Australian mountain region

Matthew Higgins, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 15 April 2009

Curator Matthew Higgins talks about his book Rugged Beyond Imagination, which explores how people including stockmen, skiers, scientists and surveyors have shaped and been shaped by the Australian alpine environment.

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environment, place

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‘Never enough grass’ and Bowen Downs

Dr George Main, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 8 April 2009

The development of the Australian pastoral industry at Bowen Downs in central Queensland, one of four places to be featured in the ‘Never enough grass’ module of the National Museum’s Creating a Country gallery, is outlined by curator George Main.

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agriculture, exhibition, industry, place

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Food and space: the Australian nation in the British Empire

Dr Adele Wessell, Southern Cross University

Historical Interpretation series, 6 April 2009

Historian Adele Wessell uses cookbooks to draw conclusions about Australian political and social life at the turn of the century, examining British diet and food preferences that were maintained and transformed in colonial Australia.

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collection, colonial, domestic, food

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Conversation with Peter Cundall

Peter Cundall, ABC TV with Stephen Munro, National Museum of Australia

Eternity series, 3 April 2009

Horticulturalist and television personality Peter Cundall shares his unexpected life story, his passion for gardening and his thoughts on life, love and the environment with curator Stephen Munro.

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biography, conflict, environment, migration

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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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Online exhibitions

Mary-Elizabeth Andrews

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Mary-Elizabeth Andrews examines an online exhibition about war brides at the Australian National Maritime Museum. She considers the use of objects, access, technical and moral concerns and how museums can reconnect with communities.

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audiences, collection, conflict, exhibition

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Objects to stories: using thematic studies to develop exhibitions at volunteer museums in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region

Liz Gillroy, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Liz Gillroy discusses the development of exhibitions at volunteer museums in northern New South Wales. She examines methodologies, education, training and support from the wider museum sector.

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collection, exhibition, museums

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