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Before the badges, before the T-shirts, before the flag

Dr Jay Arthur, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Jay Arthur on the creation of an exhibition on the struggle for Indigenous civil rights from 1920 to 1970 for the National Museum. She examines the notion of the ‘untold’ story and the challenge in assembling objects to tell this story.

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collection, exhibition, indigenous, politics

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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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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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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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‘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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