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Victoria Police Museum: collecting crime

Liz Marsden, Victoria Police Museum

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Collections manager Liz Marsden outlines the objectives of the Victoria Police Museum, examines its exhibitions and how the presentation of stories can create challenges in regard to the emotional ‘charge’ experienced by some visitors.

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audiences, collection, crime, exhibition

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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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Irish in Australia

Dr Richard Reid, National Museum of Australia and Brendon Kelson

Historical Interpretation series, 15 March 2009

Researcher, author and Irishman Richard Reid and photographer Brendon Kelson examine the role of the Irish in Australia, to be featured in a forthcoming National Museum book, The Scattered Children of St Patrick.

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collection, exhibition, migration, photography

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Introduction to the Creating a Country gallery

Dr Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 11 March 2009

Curator Kirsten Wehner outlines the themes of the new National Museum of Australia gallery, Creating a Country (now Landmarks). It will look broadly at the history of Australia since European colonisation of the continent in the late eighteenth century.

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collection, colonial, exhibition

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Social reactions to Origin

Dr Barry Butcher, Deakin University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Barry Butcher explores the work of four Australians who contributed to the growing corpus of Darwinian science from the 1860s to the 1890s: William Edward Hearn, Robert David Fitzgerald, Walter Baldwin Spencer and Alexander Sutherland.

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darwin, science

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Evolution and creationism

Professor Neil Ormerod, Australian Catholic University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Theologian Neil Ormerod examines debates over creationism, creation science and intelligent design, and how they muddied the waters of what was held in the Catholic Encyclopedia over 100 years ago regarding the theory of evolution.

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darwin, science, spirituality

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Charles Darwin symposium closing address

Robyn Williams, ABC Radio National

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams presents a humorous summary of proceedings from the Charles Darwin symposium.

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darwin, science

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‘A theory to work with’: On The Origin of Species and its contemporary reception

Professor Paul Turnbull, Griffith University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Paul Turnbull summarises Charles Darwin’s arguments in Origin, its diverse reception in British and European circles from 1860 to 1900, and how the natural history of humanity came to be envisaged in Darwinian terms.

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darwin, science

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Charles Darwin: his character and convictions

Professor Tom Frame, Charles Sturt University and St Mark's National Theological Centre

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Tom Frame explores Charles Darwin’s personal profile and describes the impact of his scientific views, his attitudes and opinions on religion.

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darwin, science

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