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‘The Compleat Archaeologist’: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums
Dr Mike Smith AM is a pioneering desert archaeologist, an author and a Senior Research Fellow at the Research Centre at the National Museum of Australia. His research and teachings have been inspirational throughout Australia and the world. Mike’s career is virtually synonymous with the development of Australian desert archaeology as a field.
Distinguished archaeologists, historians, artists and museum staff reflected on and celebrated Mike Smith’s 30 years of work in desert archaeology and museums. During the day we heard riveting stories of adventure and participated in lively discussions on contemporary archaeology and its contribution to museums.
Old Masters lecture series
This series, associated with the Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists exhibition that is on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from December 2013 to July 2014, explores the dynamism and richness of Indigenous Australian cultural expression and draws on experts who continue to be inspired by this unique and fascinating art and cultural form.
Spirited lecture series
This series, associated with the Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story exhibition that is on show at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from 11 September 2014 to 9 March 2015, offers insights into the stories behind the exhibition.
A nice drop – recycled water discussion and tasting
A microbiologist, a social scientist and an infectious diseases physician explore the benefits, pitfalls and palatability of recycled water.
A tribute to Bob Edwards
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.
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.