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Historical Interpretation series, 25 May 2008
American writer and scholar William Fox discusses his research into how humans transform land into landscape, terrain into territory, and space into place, during his time as a Visiting Fellow at the National Museum’s Centre for Historical Research.
Karen Schamberger, National Museum of Australia
Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 14 May 2008
Curator Karen Schamberger tells the story of Guna Kinne’s Latvian national dress, assembled over a period of 20 years in Latvia, Germany and Australia, and now part of the National Museum’s National Historical Collection.
Geoff Armstrong, Guy Hansen, Ian Heads and Sean Fagan
11 May 2008
The great and controversial moments of 100 years of rugby league in Australia are discussed by sports historians Ian Heads, Sean Fagan and Geoff Armstrong and National Museum curator Guy Hansen.
Susannah Helman, National Museum of Australia
Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 9 April 2008
The lives of a group of young sisters growing up on Baden farm at Grong Grong in country New South Wales around 1912 are revealed in a collection of journals, examined by curator Susannah Helman.
Tim Gavel, Guy Hansen, Ben Pollock and Nick Smith
2 March 2008
The relative merits of rugby union and rugby league football are debated by ABC Canberra sports reporter Tim Gavel, Brumbies media manager Nick Smith, Canberra Raiders media manager Ben Pollock and National Museum curator Guy Hansen.
Michelle Hetherington, National Museum of Australia
Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 13 February 2008
A Dollond achromatic telescope used by Captain John Gore helps to tell remarkable stories about Captain James Cook’s Pacific voyages and the development of optics and navigational techniques, according to curator Michelle Hetherington.
Christopher Hodges, Vivien Johnson and Dr Margo Neale
3 February 2008
Explore the history of the Papunya painting movement and discover the current generation of Papunya artists at a forum held in conjunction with the National Museum’s Papunya Painting exhibition.
Vivien Johnson, John Kean, Jeremy Long and Dr Peter Thorley
2 December 2007
The sometimes life-changing, occasionally hilarious and always vital role of the mutukayi – or motor car – in the history of the people of Australia’s Western Desert is explored by an expert panel with firsthand Papunya experience.
Dr Margo Neale, Professor Peter Read and Sam Wagan Watson
Historical Imagination series, 4 November 2007
Poet and writer Sam Wagan Watson, historian and Indigenous biographer Peter Read and National Museum curator Margo Neale discuss Indigenous issues and the intersection between historical research and imagination.
Dr Paul Tranter, Australian Defence Force Academy
27 October 2007
Geographer Paul Tranter critiques the movie Monsters, Inc. in an entertaining examination of the serious issue of making cities safe, fun and connective for kids. He suggests changes to urban form and transport, neighbourhood design and social values.