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Historical Imagination series
An informal public conversation series exploring creative responses to history and historical research. High profile artists, historians and curators invite listeners to understand and appreciate the dynamic connections between history and imagination.
Historical Interpretation series
Leading historians and commentators explore the meaning behind different moments and concepts in Australian history. Many of these talks are from visiting fellows at the National Museum’s Research Centre.
Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies conference
A conference held at the Museum in association with the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University, and including perspectives from anthropology, history and material culture studies. A major theme was how local ‘hybrid economies’ develop through Indigenous and settler interaction, and how new complexes of transactions and relations emerge.
Inside: Life in Children’s Homes series
Events associated with the Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions exhibition.
A monthly event held by Museum Friends where prominent women talk about their lives, work and passions.
Ludwig Leichhardt series
A National Museum of Australia symposium with speakers discussing different aspects of explorer and naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt – the man, the mystery, the science and the history.
Not Just Ned: Irish in Australia series
Events held in conjunction with the Not Just Ned: A true history of the Irish in Australia exhibition held at the National Museum of Australia from March to July 2011 including the exhibition launch, family history lectures and the plenary sessions from an Irish Studies Conference.
Australia’s leading thinkers, opinion makers and experts discuss the issues that matter to Australia and Australians right now.
Sites of Memory symposium
How is memory expressed and represented in the landscape? Memory studies, as an emerging cross-disciplinary field, shed new light on the interpretation, management and understanding of sites of significance. This symposium explores local and international perspectives on memory and significant sites and culminates in an examination of the National Museum of Australia site.
The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup
This symposium, held in conjunction with the Victoria Racing Club to mark the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup, celebrates the place of this iconic racing event in Australian life and culture, and its enduring fascination for Australians. Listen to racing personalities, historians and public thinkers discuss and debate the national allure of the Melbourne Cup.