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Category: Museums (page 1 of 2)

2016

What a year. So many aspects of 2016 were awful in so many ways. The horror-shows that were Brexit and the US election. The rise of minor parties and failures of policy and basic humanity (Dutton anyone?) that characterise the Australian political landscape pre- and post-election. Heartbreaking stories of refugees fleeing for Europe and the plight […]

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 […]

40 Years of Museum Computing: a Timeline JS experiment

Humanities in Public is an initiative by Digital Fabulists, described as “the first step towards nurturing a community of researchers who are skilled communicators using cutting-edge tools to blow stuff up (metaphorically, of course).” We kicked off last week, with a session looking at a few basic tools for producing maps, timelines, digital narratives, presentations, […]

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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