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  • Collections 2008 series

    The ‘Material histories: objects as sources?’ symposium features speakers from across Australia considering the different ways curators, archaeologists, historians and anthropologists have approached physical evidence. Includes many examples of the ways material culture is being used in museums and galleries.

  • Collections 2009 series

    The ‘From collections to exhibitions’ symposium brought together speakers from across Australia to discuss the nature and uses of collection material and objects for display in various forms.

  • Collections 2010 series

    The ‘Caring for collections’ symposium examined recent developments in the assessment, storage and conservation of museum collections and showcased recent work undertaken by the Museum and other institutions in the area of collections management. Topics included the use of significance criteria in driving collections management decisions, collections access in the digital world and the development of new storage facilities in Australian museums.

  • Compleat Archaeologist: Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums

    Dr Mike Smith AM is a pioneering desert archaeologist, an author and a Senior Research Fellow at the Research Centre at the National Museum of Australia. His research and teachings have been inspirational throughout Australia and the world. Mike’s career is virtually synonymous with the development of Australian desert archaeology as a field.

    Distinguished archaeologists, historians, artists and museum staff reflected on and celebrated Mike Smith’s 30 years of work in desert archaeology and museums. During the day we heard riveting stories of adventure and participated in lively discussions on contemporary archaeology and its contribution to museums.

  • Critical Undercurrents - a One River symposium

    Share the stories of people, politics and creative projects from the Murray-Darling Basin, in this One River Centenary of Canberra symposium, developed in partnership with the National Museum of Australia. The One River project, curated by Malcolm McKinnon, explored the common interests shared by communities along the Murray-Darling river system and its tributaries. It considered how these waterways connect different people and places, both literally and metaphorically. The project’s final symposium was held at the National Museum of Australia in August 2013, bringing together historians, curators, activists, farmers and artists to talk about developing new approaches to living along and with the river. Speaker biographies are available from the More info link below.

  • Curatorial research fellowship series

    Curators at the National Museum of Australia are offered and selected for a six-month fellowship in the Research Centre. This allows them to focus on a particular area of interest in the National Historical Collection.

  • Cycling in Australia series

    Talks relating to the stories and development of cycling in Australia through the online feature and culminating in the exhibition Freewheeling: Cycling in Australia.

  • Defining Moments in Australian History

    Key events, people and places in Australia’s history, as discussed by panels of leading experts, in partnership with ABC Radio National.

  • Door to store: Caring for your collection

    Advice, demonstrations and practical tips on caring for the National Historical Collection, and your collection at home, from the Conservation and Registration teams at the National Museum of Australia.

  • Emily Kame Kngwarreye series

    Symposium and discussions held in conjunction with the Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye exhibition held at the National Museum of Australia and two Japanese venues. Utopia told the story of one of Australia’s greatest contemporary artists and gave insight into Emily’s life as a senior Anmatyerre woman and a lifelong custodian of the desert country that inspired her work.

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