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‘Never enough grass’ and Bowen Downs

Dr George Main, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 8 April 2009

The development of the Australian pastoral industry at Bowen Downs in central Queensland, one of four places to be featured in the ‘Never enough grass’ module of the National Museum’s Creating a Country gallery, is outlined by curator George Main.

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agriculture, exhibition, industry, place

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Food and space: the Australian nation in the British Empire

Dr Adele Wessell, Southern Cross University

Historical Interpretation series, 6 April 2009

Historian Adele Wessell uses cookbooks to draw conclusions about Australian political and social life at the turn of the century, examining British diet and food preferences that were maintained and transformed in colonial Australia.

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collection, colonial, domestic, food

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Conversation with Peter Cundall

Peter Cundall, ABC TV with Stephen Munro, National Museum of Australia

Eternity series, 3 April 2009

Horticulturalist and television personality Peter Cundall shares his unexpected life story, his passion for gardening and his thoughts on life, love and the environment with curator Stephen Munro.

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biography, conflict, environment, migration

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What was it like: a perspective on history in museums

Brian Crozier, Crozier Schutt Associates

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Museum consultant Brian Crozier considers how material culture might be interpreted by museums for popular rather than academic audiences. He examines the cultural contributions that museums may make in the study of history.

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audiences, collection, exhibition, museums

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Flora Pell: Australia’s first domestic goddess

Alison Wishart, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Alison Wishart examines the challenges of displaying rare cookery books in museums. She focuses on Flora Pell’s Our Cookery Book, published in 1916, and suggests display methods to allow better visitor interaction.

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domestic, exhibition, food

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From flat things big things grow!

Elspeth Wishart, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Elspeth Wishart outlines the challenges facing the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in exhibiting important two-dimensional artefacts. She relates how the museum must balance the needs of visitors with the care of these artefacts, a letter and a flag.

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audiences, collection, exhibition, museums

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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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