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The Melbourne Cup: 150 years of history

Isa Menzies, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 10 November 2010

The first Tuesday in November this year sees the running of the 150th Melbourne Cup. Curator Isa Menzies gives an insight into the race that stops the nation: from the glitz and glamour to the seamy underside of horseracing in Australia.

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sport

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The Big Wet: history, art, science and community in the Desert Channels

Mandy Martin, Libby Robin, Chris Dickman and Guy Fitzhardinge

22 October 2010

Artist Mandy Martin, historian Libby Robin and zoologist Chris Dickman join Guy Fitzhardinge from Desert Channels Queensland for an insightful discussion that explores partnerships, art and writings about conservation around our desert rivers.

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art, conservation, desert

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Letter readings from the Voyages of Discovery

Rhys Muldoon, Andrew Sayers and Michelle Hetherington

20 October 2010

Actor Rhys Muldoon, joined by the Director of the National Museum of Australia, Andrew Sayers, and curator of the Exploration and Endeavour exhibition bring to life the letters from the voyages of discovery to Australia.

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colonial, cook, journeys

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The Pigott inquiry and country museums in Australia

Anne-Marie Condé, National Museum of Australia

13 October 2010

In 1974 a committee, to be chaired by Peter Pigott, was set up to inquire into the state of museums in Australia and in particular the development of small country museums. Anne-Marie will talk about her research into the Pigott committee records.

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museums, regional

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Understanding and representing trauma: speaker presentations

Dr Joanna Sassoon, Dr Adele Chynoweth, Dr Jay Arthur, Dr Geoffrey Megargee and Dr Mike Pickering

Understanding and Representing Trauma conversation, 5 October 2010

Museums and kindred institutions that are serious about reflecting human life are often compelled to confront the dark side of human experience we might prefer not to face. But if we are to be truthful, we must do so.

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children, conflict, exhibition, museums

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Question and answer session from Understanding and representing trauma

Dr Joanna Sassoon, Dr Adele Chynoweth, Dr Jay Arthur, Dr Geoffrey Megargee and Dr Mike Pickering

Understanding and Representing Trauma conversation, 5 October 2010

Discussion amongst the panellists and questions from the audience. Museum curators and researchers with experience representing traumatic experiences in museums share their expertise.

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children, conflict, exhibition, museums

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Walyja: family and art history in the Canning Stock Route Collection

John Carty, The Australian National University

22 September 2010

The Canning Stock Route, combined with the concept of Walyja (family), acts as a prism through which it is possible to trace both the human and the subsequent artistic movements that characterised the far Western Desert region in the 20th century.

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art, desert, indigenous

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Barbados: More than a beach

Roslyn Russell, National Museum of Australia

15 September 2010

Roslyn Russell takes us on a journey through the history of Barbados, from its first parliament in 1639, through the dark days of slavery to the present days. Learn why, with its rich history and culture, Barbados is certainly ‘more than a beach’.

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culture, history, museums

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Exploration and Endeavour: The Royal Society of London and the South Seas: exhibition launch

Professor Penny Sackett, Chief Scientist, and Andrew Sayers, National Museum of Australia

14 September 2010

Professor Penny Sackett opens the Exploration and Endeavour: The Royal Society of London and the South Seas exhibition to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

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cook, exploration, science

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September 11: Museums, spontaneous memorial and history

James Gardner, National Museum of American History, Washington DC

13 September 2010

James Gardner discusses museum responses to the spontaneous memorials following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. He looks at tensions between memorialising, collecting and interpreting historic events. Also forthcoming in Grassroots Memorials.

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collection, conservation, memory, museums

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