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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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Sinners, Saints and Settlers: book launch

Ms Orla Tunney, Brendon Kelson, Dr Richard Reid and Mathew Trinca

7 September 2010

Ms Orla Tunney from the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra launched Sinners, Saints and Settlers: A journey through Irish Australia, a book co-authored by Dr Richard Reid of the National Museum of Australia and photographer Brendon Kelson.

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irish, journeys

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The future of museum multimedia

Carol Cartwright, Nicole Ma, Michael Hill and Tikka Wilson

26 August 2010

This forum, sponsored by Museums Australia ACT branch, outlines the multimedia used in the National Museum of Australia’s Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route exhibition as part of a broader discussion on the future of museum multimedia.

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art, media, museums

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Where does the Melbourne Cup belong in Australian culture - and why has it endured?

Louise Douglas and Carol Cooper, National Museum of Australia

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

To introduce this session Louise Douglas talks about not only Phar Lap’s heart but also many other objects associated with the Melbourne Cup in the National Museum of Australia’s National Historical Collection.

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On the Punt: Chance, racing and the horse in Australian life and culture

Bob Charley, Fiona Carruthers, Alan Eskander and Geoff Slattery in conversation with James Warden

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

Hear a racing administrator, the author of The Horse in Australia, a bookie and a sports publisher discuss the public fascination with the Cup as not only a day of fashion, socialising, networking and fun but also a time to chance their luck with a bet.

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150th running of the Melbourne Cup: special events

Rod Fitzroy, Victoria Racing Club

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

Rod Fitzroy, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, outlines events taking place during 2010 to mark the 150th Melbourne Cup race, including the launch of a commemorative coin set struck by the Royal Australian Mint and three legacy projects.

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The Melbourne Cup: what it means to me and what it means to Australia

Andrew Peacock, co-owner of Leilani, winner of the 1974 Caulfield Cup

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

Former Australian political leader and statesman, Andrew Peacock talks about ‘chasing a dream’ of winning a Melbourne Cup and from his experience describes how, unlike the Melbourne Cup, other great horses race around the world don’t stop any nation.

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The Melbourne Cup: why?

Dr Andrew Lemon, Victoria Racing Club

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

Having researched written three volumes covering the social and political history of Australian racing, Andrew Lemon has been working as a consultant historian with the Victoria Racing Club and talks about why the Melbourne Cup.

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