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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Charles Darwin series

    Events held in conjunction with the National Museum of Australia and American Museum of Natural History Darwin exhibition, to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s great thinkers.

  • Collections 2006 series

    The ‘Collecting for a Nation’ symposium marked the 25th anniversary of the Act which brought about the National Museum of Australia and its National Historical Collection. Expert speakers share the sometimes idiosyncratic, but always interesting, history of collectors and collecting long before the Museum opened in Canberra.

  • Collections 2008 series

    The ‘Material histories: objects as sources?’ symposium features speakers from across Australia considering the different ways curators, archaeologists, historians and anthropologists have approached physical evidence. Includes many examples of the ways material culture is being used in museums and galleries.

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