Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - Reel History: A Look at Life Through Motion Film
Motion film is one of the most pervasive media we have for portraying
life. We are all, in one way or another, influenced by the moving image
through cinema, television, the internet and the smart phone. Museums
Victoria has a rich collection of film, categorized as home movies,
scientific recordings, and film of industry and significant historical
events. This lecture will highlight the role of non-fiction film as
The three speakers in this lecture will present segments from a selection
of film, including one of the earliest extant ethnographic films made. Each
of the films embodies a story, made unique by the medium used to create it.
In this sense film is a powerful means of creating, preserving and sharing
our history. This lecture is an opportunity to view excerpts of film from
the collections which has only recently become accessible as an outcome of
the Museum’s audio-visual digitisation program. These include: An
Arrernte Welcoming Party, Alice Springs, 1901; A Trip to
Hermannsburg and Central Australia, 1939; Kodak Australasia footage,
- Dr Philip Batty, Senior Curator of Anthropology in
the Humanities Department, Museums Victoria.
- Lorenzo Iozzi, Senior Collection Manager of the
History & Technology images collections in the Humanities Department,
- Fiona Kinsey, Senior Curator of Images & Image
Making, in the Humanities Department, Museums Victoria
Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - Preparing to Roam the Dome: Stories from the Royal Exhibition Building
out at Melbourne from the
Royal Exhibition Building’s dome promenade was an experience enjoyed by
thousands of Melburnians in the nineteenth century. Learn about the
forthcoming Protection and Promotion project, which will reinstate the dome
experience for a new generation.
Hear from one of the project architects and the curator as they reveal
the conservation and other works involved in enabling access to the dome.
Then journey through the rich and eclectic history of the World
Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, with stories
from some of the objects that will form part of the interpretative
experience for the project.
- Michelle Stevenson is Senior Curator of Politics &
Society at Museums Victoria. She is passionate about history and enjoys
exploring new ways of connecting objects, stories and the community.
- Anne Marie Treweeke is an Associate Director at
Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants. She has over 20 years’
experience as an architect and master planner, delivering award-winning
projects in heritage contexts.
Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - The Astronomical Lantern Slide and the Visual Communication of Popular Science
The astronomical magic lantern show was a well-known form in the
nineteenth century. Lantern slides and visual communication were central to
the performances of lecturers from the local schoolmaster to the
international celebrity Richard Proctor.
For audiences of the nineteenth century, the magic lanterns projecting
slides of stars and planets were a telescope on the universe, while for
lecturers these technologies extended the range of cultural tropes that
could be drawn into their performances.
This talk traces the development of the astronomical lantern set and its
use in Australia, with a focus on the cultural interpretations of popular
Dr Martin Bush has recently completed a PhD on the
history of popular astronomy in Australia in the era of the lantern slide.
Prior to this, he worked at Museums Victoria for thirteen years, including
as Curator of Scientific Instruments and Antarctic History, and as Technical
Programmer and Scientific Communicator on the Melbourne Planetarium
production team. These interests have combined in his fascination with
astronomical Magic Lantern slides. Martin is now a Research Associate in the
Humanities Department at Museums Victoria.
Melbourne Museum - Free monthly talk - Curatorial Conversations: Behind the Scenes Stories on Acquiring Artefacts
In this presentation Humanities curators will discuss how material comes
to their attention and how it becomes part of the museum’s collections. They
reveal some of the rich and remarkable stories behind recent acquisitions.
Telephone conversations out of left field, calls to action via social
media, carefully nurtured community relationships and auction anxiety.
Whether we’re collecting objects and stories that record Indigenous
cultures, artefacts that document the historical experience of war,
Invisible Farmer oral histories that re-write Australian farming history, or
any other material relating to our wide-ranging collections, Museums
Victoria’s Humanities curators work in diverse ways to acquire and preserve
material for future generations.