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A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum lectures
Expert presenters help make sense of two million years of human history and share the story behind some of the key objects from the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects, on show at the National Museum of Australia in 2016.
Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration
Many good books are published about Australian art, but few change the way we see and understand it. When Andrew Sayers’ Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century appeared in September 1994, it did that. This symposium celebrates the 20th anniversary of Andrew’s book, exploring its impact and deepening and extending our understanding of its field.
AE Smith Instruments collection
Recordings from a concert by renowned Australian cellist David Pereira, playing one of the National Museum’s most treasured instruments, the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953. Pereira performs his own compositions and works by Bach and Sculthorpe in a concert which also features harpist Alice Gile and a history of the AE Smith string quartet.
Australian of the Year conversations
National award recipients reflect on their time as Australian of Year, in conjunction with the exhibition developed by the National Museum and the National Australia Day Council. See also video of 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty
Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium
A five-day symposium revisiting a landmark international venture – the 1948 American–Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land – and exploring the vast collections with an emphasis on Indigenous perspectives.
Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series
National Museum curators share details of the work that goes on behind the scenes and their research into key collection objects considered in the development of the Australian Journeys gallery, which traces Australia’s interconnections with the world.
Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series
National Museum curators share details of the work going on behind the scenes and their research into key collection objects considered in the development of the Landmarks: People and Places across Australia gallery (formerly known as Creating a Country), which will trace a broad history of Australia since European colonisation of the continent.
Bob Edwards: a tribute
Dr Robert Edwards AO has played a crucial role in museums, Aboriginal art and culture, and the visual arts in Australia. At this tribute, friends, colleagues, protégés and admirers celebrate Bob’s contribution over more than seven decades of public life.
Canberra Archaeological Society
Perspectives on the archaeology and cultural riches of Canberra and the surrounding region. Presented by the Museum Friends and the Canberra Archaeological Society.
Captain James Cook series
Events and exhibitions held at the National Museum of Australia exploring objects and collections linked to Captain James Cook and research into his Pacific voyages.