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Online exhibitions

Mary-Elizabeth Andrews

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Mary-Elizabeth Andrews examines an online exhibition about war brides at the Australian National Maritime Museum. She considers the use of objects, access, technical and moral concerns and how museums can reconnect with communities.

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audiences, collection, conflict, exhibition

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Objects to stories: using thematic studies to develop exhibitions at volunteer museums in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region

Liz Gillroy, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Liz Gillroy discusses the development of exhibitions at volunteer museums in northern New South Wales. She examines methodologies, education, training and support from the wider museum sector.

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collection, exhibition, museums

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Before the badges, before the T-shirts, before the flag

Dr Jay Arthur, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Jay Arthur on the creation of an exhibition on the struggle for Indigenous civil rights from 1920 to 1970 for the National Museum. She examines the notion of the ‘untold’ story and the challenge in assembling objects to tell this story.

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collection, exhibition, indigenous, politics

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Victoria Police Museum: collecting crime

Liz Marsden, Victoria Police Museum

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Collections manager Liz Marsden outlines the objectives of the Victoria Police Museum, examines its exhibitions and how the presentation of stories can create challenges in regard to the emotional ‘charge’ experienced by some visitors.

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audiences, collection, crime, exhibition

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Review of the National Museum of Australia’s Australian Journeys gallery

Dr Michael Cathcart, University of Melbourne and Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Historian Michael Cathcart critiques the new Australian Journeys gallery, which traces Australia’s interconnections with the world. Exhibition curator Martha Sear responds, in a discussion chaired by museum general manager Louise Douglas.

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audiences, exhibition, journeys, migration

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From collections to exhibitions – welcome and keynote address

Professor Howard Morphy, Australian National University and Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Peter Stanley welcomes guests to the 2009 National Museum Collections Symposium and key speaker Howard Morphy delivers ‘Perspectives on exhibiting collections,’ looking at the significance of artefacts and the stories they can tell.

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art, collection, exhibition, indigenous

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No presence in the case: looking for Tahiti in world museums

Dr Jenny Newell, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

The presence of objects from Tahiti in museums across the world is examined by historian Jenny Newell. She discusses the representations of Tahiti over the years and suggests how museums might renew Tahitian exhibitions and collections.

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collection, museums, pacific

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A load of old rubbish: displaying archaeology of the modern city

Dr Charlotte Smith, Museum Victoria

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Charlotte Smith outlines the development of an exhibition at Museum Victoria based on urban archaeology. She discusses the challenges in interpreting the ‘rubbish’ and creating a snapshot of life in nineteenth-century Melbourne.

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archaeology, domestic, exhibition, museums, urban

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Into the light

Nicola Smith, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Conservator Nicola Smith examines the management of exhibition light levels at the National Museum of Australia. She addresses display periods, object replacement and new non-destructive methods of assessing object degradation from light.

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conservation, exhibition, museums

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A cast of thousands: redevelopment of Circa

Bronwyn Dowdall, Dr Martha Sear and Jennifer Wilson

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

National Museum curators and researchers discuss the development of the Museum’s introductory Circa rotating theatre. They examine its function and the use of new narratives to explore the National Historical Collection.

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collection, museums, photography

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