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a book cover of the book Woman in Arabia by Gertrude Bell

Time Traveller’s Book Club – A Woman in Arabia

Tuesday 26 July 2016, 11:00am to 12:30pm

Museum Friends only

Join our history book club with a difference, led by archaeologist and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Museum, Dr Mike Smith.

The Time Traveller’s Book Club will take a romp through history, meeting on the last Tuesday of each month, from 26 July.

The featured books are historical non-fiction and members are encouraged to come along, even if they haven’t always read the book.

Mike has compiled an eclectic reading list for the first 12 months and members are also encouraged to make suggestions.

This month’s book is:

A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert, written by Gertrude Bell, edited by Georgina Howell, Penguin Classics, 2015.

Bell, an intrepid archaeologist, was an adventurer and a contemporary of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. She helped create modern Iraq and founded the National Museum of Iraq in 1926. She was a gifted writer, and this collection of her letters is an absorbing read.

Cost: Members only. Friends full membership free. Join Friends
Bookings essential on the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by emailing bookings@nma.gov.au or phoning (02) 6208 5021 (business hours)
Friends Lounge

19th century gown

Object Club – Springfield-Faithfull collection

Friday 29 July 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Museum Friends only

Join us for the first Object Club presentation, as curator Cheryl Crilly takes us for a special look at two Victorian era dresses, on show at the Museum for the first time.

Object Club gives members the chance to explore different facets of an object or collection and its place in Australian history. It also allows Museum staff to appreciate the views of club members and gain understandings about their passion for objects. 

The striking dresses from the first Object Club help us explore a rich story of migration, free settlement and the role of women’s fashion during the 19th century.

They were owned by widow Ann Deane and her daughter Mary, who married Springfield founder William Pitt Faithfull. The extensive Springfield-Faithfull collection journeyed through several generations before it was donated to the Museum. It is one of our most popular collections.

More on the Springfield-Faithfull family collection

Cost: Museum Friends only. Full Friends Membership free.
Bookings essential through the Eventbrite website (booking fees apply), by email bookings@nma.gov.au or phone (02) 6208 5021 (business hours).
Friends Lounge

Nick Earls
Nick Earls

Canberra Writers Festival: My Life In An Object

Saturday 27 August 2016, 11:45am to 12:45pm

Nick Earls, George Megalogenis and Karen Middleton

Our objects tell our stories, from the everyday to the epiphany.

Ahead of the National Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects exhibition, we invite author Nick Earls and journalist and authors George Megalogenis and Karen Middleton to share the intimate story of how an object changed their lives.

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Visions Theatre (food and drink, except water, not allowed)

See the full program and more on the Canberra Writers Festival website

Richard Glover
Richard Glover

Canberra Writers Festival: The Mud House

Saturday 27 August 2016, 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Richard Glover with Phil Clark

Four friends, one block of land no power tools. The Mud House is a funny and thought-provoking memoir describing how Richard Glover and his friend Philip Clark built a mud brick house in the bush on weekends.

Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, including Flesh Wounds and George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help.

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Visions Theatre (food and drink, except water, are not allowed)

See the full program and more on the Canberra Writers Festival website

Rosalie Ham
Rosalie Ham

Canberra Writers Festival: The Dressmaker

Saturday 27 August 2016, 2:30pm to 6:00pm

Rosalie Ham with Sue Maslin

From book to screen: Hear from author Rosalie Ham and film producer Sue Maslin as they share how The Dressmaker story came to life from book to screen.

Rosalie Ham is a Melbourne writer and teacher and is the author of The Dressmaker, Summer at Mount Hope and There Should be More Dancing.

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Includes film screening
Visions Theatre (food and drink, except water, not allowed)

See the full program and more on the Canberra Writers Festival website

Stan Grant
Stan Grant

Canberra Writers Festival: Keynote by Stan Grant

Saturday 27 August 2016, 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Stan Grant in conversation with George Megalogenis

Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man. From western New South Wales to the city streets of New York, London, Paris, Rome, and Shanghai via Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, Stan Grant has lived his life on the road.

Stan Grant is the author of Talking to My Country and The Tears of Strangers.

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Visions Theatre

See the full program and more on the Canberra Writers Festival website