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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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Paintings by Mandy Martin

Mandy Martin

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

Artist Mandy Martin reflects on her work with desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Mandy and Mike worked together in multi-disciplinary teams studying the Puritjarra rock shelter in the Northern Territory and Paruku, or Lake Gregory, in north-eastern Australia.

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archaeology, art, desert

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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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Door to store: Caring for your collection of medals and trophies

Natalie Ison, Andrew Pearce and Peter Bucke, National Museum of Australia

Door to store: Caring for your collection, 16 November 2012

Listen to members of the Conservation team here at the National Museum give a practical demonstration on how to care to the special medals, trophies and silverware that you have at home.

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conservation

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Door to store: Caring for the Saw Doctor’s wagon

Sara Kelly, Karen Peterson, George Serras and Ian Cramer, National Museum of Australia

Door to store: Caring for your collection, 9 November 2012

Listen to members of the National Museum Registration team discuss the documentation, photography, uplift and transport that was needed to make the Saw Doctor’s wagon, now on display in the Main Hall, a part of the Museum’s collection.

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collection, industry, regional

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Big objects and Museum Workshop: exhibition opening

Dick Smith, Shane Mortimer and Andrew Sayers

24 October 2012

This event launched two new exhibitions: the display of big objects from the Museum’s collection in the Hall and Museum Workshop which showcases the work of three of the Museum’s conservation teams.

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collection, conservation, museums

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