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Month: July 2015

Physical office, digital outhouse

On Thursday 23 July I attended New directions in making history at the State Library of Victoria, part of the Making public histories seminar series. After the presentations the discussion was opened up to the floor. The first contribution (which was taken as a comment) came from an audience member who seemed to have a deep distrust […]

20,000 Tweets Online

As soon as I publish this post I’m going to head over to Twitter and send out the link with my 20,000th tweet. Here was my first. Accurate, but otherwise not an auspicious start. Those who follow me will also note I’m still using the same profile picture. I will leave it up to you to decide […]

Museums, collections and history – Part 2 of 2

This is a continuation of Museums, collections and history – Part 1 of 2 The first cross-institutional exhibition mounted by Museum of Victoria was the ‘Story of Victoria’ which opened in 1984, the sesquicentenary of permanent European settlement in Victoria. Displays combined natural history and technology collections through new display techniques and the social history discipline, […]

Museums, collections and history – Part 1 of 2

In 1954 Richard T.M. Pescott wrote the first book-length history of the National Museum of Victoria, looking back at the 100 years since the institution was founded as the Museum of Natural and Economic Geology in 1854. The work, Collections of a Century, is very much a product of its time.[1] Pescott, Director of the […]