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Introduction to the AE Smith collection

Robin Tait, National Museum of Australia

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

The AE Smith string quartet held by the National Museum is outlined by conservator Robin Tait. She also discusses the conservation strategy of display and occasional use for functional museum objects.

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collection, conservation, music

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Bach, Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009 (c. 1720)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Movements played: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourrees I and II, and Gigue.

art, music

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Environmental history beyond the ivory tower

Dr Libby Robin, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 29 October 2008

Environmental historian Libby Robin talks about the uses of environmental history in museums in Australia and New Zealand as a bridge between the traditions of natural and social history.

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environment, museums, science

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The making of Australian Journeys

Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 8 October 2008

Curator Martha Sear examines the evolution of the National Museum’s Australian Journeys gallery. She provides a comprehensive overview of the stories and the objects in this gallery, which looks at Australia’s connections to the world over time.

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exhibition, journeys, migration

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The Port of Aran

Michael Gibbons

Historical Interpretation series, 8 October 2008

Irish archaeologist Michael Gibbons talks about the history and archaeology of Killeany Harbour, Inis Mor on Aran Island off the coast of Ireland, as part of a broader survey of Irish antiquities.

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archaeology, migration

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Emily: the impossible modernist

John McDonald and Dr Margo Neale with Virginia Trioli

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 28 September 2008

ABC journalist Virginia Trioli discusses the work of artist Emily Kngwarreye with Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald and National Museum curator Margo Neale. Does Emily’s work compare with modernism? Is it considered abstract expressionist?

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art, emily, exhibition, indigenous

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Ninety years ago on a French hillside: a story of Mont St Quentin

Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 31 August 2008

The story of one Australian platoon involved in the 1918 battle of Mont St Quentin, as told by historian Peter Stanley, who follows the 12 men throughout their lives.

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biography, conflict

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Into the west: Torres Strait Islander railway workers, migration and belonging

Dr Shino Konishi, Australian National University

Historical Interpretation series, 28 August 2008

Historian Shino Konishi explores the experiences in the 1960s of young Torres Strait Islander men who moved from the Torres Strait to the Australian mainland to work on railway construction.

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indigenous, industry, migration, work

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Janet on the spot

Janet Holmes à Court and Dr Margo Neale

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 23 August 2008

Renowned art collector Janet Holmes à Court discusses the deeply moving work of Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye with National Museum curator Margo Neale.

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art, collection, emily, indigenous

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Emily as located historian: the Camel Lady narrates a history of discovery without 1788

Professor Ann McGrath, Australian National University

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Historian Ann McGrath discusses paintings as agents of history, bringing history into the present. She looks at the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye to investigate how paintings tell different stories depending on where they are presented.

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art, emily, indigenous

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