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Preservation, presentation, and possibility: oral histories in a complex age

On Saturday, 10 June 2017, I was invited to give the keynote at Oral History Victoria’s symposium ‘Oral history in a digital age‘. This post is an edited version of that talk. A little over a hundred years ago, the ethnographer and anthropologist Frances Densmore sat down with the Blackfoot chief, Mountain Chief. She was […]

The Ernest Westlake Archive: the extensive online resource behind Into The Heart of Tasmania

Stories in Stone: an annotated history and guide to the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922) by Rebe, Mike and Gavan McCarthy of the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre, makes available the digitised papers of Ernest Westlake, including those created during his journey to Tasmania in 1908-1910, when he collected over 13,000 stone tools.

Here are Rebe and Mike to tell the story of the archive and explain how two publications and two journeys became entwined.

Ubiquitous Archives

Our session on Ubiquitous Archives from the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Conference in Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, 20 October 2016.

Washington, D.C.

After an interesting week in Los Angeles I am now in Washington, D.C. It’s colder here in the mornings and evenings, but the last two days have cleared in the afternoon, showing off the Spring blooms and blossoms to full effect. I mentioned in my last post some of the things I like and dislike […]

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 […]

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