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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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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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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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