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Museums, Mike and more

Libby Robin, Jay Arthur, Allan Whiting, Diana James and Tom Griffiths

‘The Compleat Archaeologist’: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums, 8 February 2013

This session reflected on the speakers’ travels by camels and in four-wheel drives as well as work with Dr Mike Smith in deserts and museums as well as the partnerships Mike formed with artists and Indigenous communities.

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archaeology, desert, exploration, indigenous

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Photographs by Peter Eve

Peter Eve

‘The Compleat Archaeologist’: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums, 8 February 2013

Photographer Peter Eve reflects on an expedition into the remote southern Simpson Desert that he shared with archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Peter praises Mike’s ability to bring the buried landscapes and humanities of deep time to life.

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adventure, conservation, desert, photography

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A tribute to Dr Mike Smith AM

Andrew Sayers and Mark O'Connor

‘The Compleat Archaeologist’: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums, 8 February 2013

An introduction to the work of pioneering desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith by Andrew Sayers, Director of the National Museum of Australia, followed by a reading by Mark O’Connor of his poem ‘Desert Archaeology’.

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archaeology, desert, science

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Open mike session

Peter Stanley, Calogero Santoro, Alan Williams, Ingreth McFarlane, John Wilkinson, Jim Bowler, Ann Robb, Isabel McBryde, Marg Friedel, Sue Castrique, Manik Dataar and Dr Mike Smith

‘The Compleat Archaeologist’: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums, 8 February 2013

Peter Stanley chairs an open mike session as a tribute to Mike Smith. Short contributions were made from Calogero Santoro, a colleague from Chile, other colleagues and students who have worked with Mike, with the day finishing with comments by Mike Smith.

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archaeology, desert, indigenous, museums

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Inventing Australia’s desert archaeology

June Ross, John Mulvaney, Barry Cundy, Giles Hamm and Chris Turney

‘The Compleat Archaeologist’: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums, 8 February 2013

A tribute to pioneering desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Speakers June Ross, John Mulvaney, Barry Cundy, Giles Hamm and Chris Turney reflect on their time teaching and working with Mike, and the developing field of desert archaeology in Australia.

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archaeology, desert, science

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A portrait of Mike Smith

Jo Bertini

‘The Compleat Archaeologist’: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums, 8 February 2013

Artist Jo Bertini talks about her portrait of her friend and colleague, desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Jo also outlines Mike’s great passion for desserts, and presents a book of dessert recipes compiled by his friends.

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archaeology, art, desert

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A stratigraphy of an archaeologist

Philip Jones, Peter Veth, Anne McConnell and Dick Kimber

‘The Compleat Archaeologist’: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums, 8 February 2013

Dr Mike Smith’s former colleagues investigate the layers of Mike’s career, discussing digs through which Mike developed his knowledge of the human past in Australia, and how museums have contributed to mainstream knowledge of desert archaeology.

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archaeology, desert, science

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Door to store: Registration and the Springfield collection

Sara Kelly, Patrick Baum and Anne Kelly, National Museum of Australia

Door to store: Caring for your collection, 18 January 2013

An overview of the work required bring a rich collection of hundreds of objects from a family museum at an historic grazing property into the National Historical Collection.

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agriculture, collection, regional

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Door to store: Caring for your collection of paper and textiles

Kerryn Wagg and Carmela Mollica, National Museum of Australia

Door to store: Caring for your collection, 11 January 2013

Our Museum conservators outline principles to help you care for your own items such as photo albums and wedding dresses. These principles include stable, suitable environmental conditions, good handling practices and correct physical storage for items.

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collection, conservation, museums

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Warakurna: All the Stories Got Into Our Minds and Eyes - exhibition opening

Alisa Duff, Agnes Shea and Eunice Porter

6 December 2012

Following a welcome to country, Alisa Duff outlines why Warakurna was so unique as a community and how the paintings and sculptures are not just art, they recreate scenes of everyday life and to tell historical and contemporary stories.

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art, indigenous, sculpture

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