Powerful narratives and compelling explanations:
Educational historians and museums at work
Next year the Australian National Museum of Education will join the Australian and New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES) in hosting their annual conference.
The conference will be held from 24-27 September 2017 at the Inspire Centre at the University of Canberra, Australia. The call for papers closes on 1 April 2017. Papers should address the theme of Narrative, explanation and interpretation: history that matters
- Education and its role in nation building
- Museums and popular history
- Biography and history
Full details about the conference can be found on the ANZHES website.
Enjoy a feast of who’s who in Australian children’s literature and celebrate The School Magazine’s 100th Birthday at an exhibition curated by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature based at UC.
The School Magazine is the longest continuously published children’s literary magazine in the world. Here are the memories of those who loved it as children – favourite stories, poems, illustrations, music and crosswords. A highlight of the exhibition is the artwork and manuscript for My Dog, first published as a short story in The School Magazine and later published as a much-awarded picture book.
Public talk: Join us at the exhibition from 4.00pm-5.00pm on Friday 14 October to hear Alan Edwards, Editor of The School Magazine, reveal highlights over the years.
Civic Library, Canberra from 23 September – 21 October 2016
If you have any queries, please contact
National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature
(formerly Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children’s Literature)
University of Canberra ACT 2601
T+61 2 6201 5075
Wandana Schoolroom, 1917. Silver gelatine photograph, 21 x 16cm, held by Ceduna School Museum. Digital copy held by ANME courtesy of the Ceduna School Museum.
This rare black and white photograph of the interior of Wandana schoolroom taken in 1917 is held by Ceduna School Museum, South Australia. The museum kindly supplied a digital copy to the Director on his recent visit. This image is highly significant because photographs of schoolroom interiors at an early date are very rare.
The Wandana Schoolroom was originally sited about 5 miles east of Ceduna on the Streaky Bay Road before it was relocated to the Ceduna School Museum.
The photograph is striking for the detail it reveals of teaching at the time. Banner posters were a highly portable teaching aid and these are everywhere evident. They are hung on the walls, including one showing ‘The Theatre of War’ in map form. There are other reminders of the Great War, like the flags of the Allies strung across the ceiling (that of Japan is visible). There are charts referring to ‘Parsing’, a kind of grammatical analysis, and charts of wind and weather observations. Various pictures are pinned to the timber boards cladding the walls. Other banner posters are rolled up in various places. The children sit on long seats known as ‘forms’. Children might have been grouped by age and ‘form’ (hence the use of this term to mean a class).
The class is small, reflecting an isolated coastal population and a provision for a range of boys of various ages. The children appear healthy. This indoor photograph would have required them to sit still for perhaps 30 seconds..
An important detail of the image is that the teacher has been identified as Miss Edith Lee, later Mrs Hawke, mother of Robert Lee Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia 1980-19988.
Have you a rare photograph like this? Please contact us, ANME would like to see it!
For more information about sharing historical images with ANME click here.
Looking Back, Looking Forward:Changing Contexts for Early Childhood Education
Professor Alison Elliott
The lecture will focus on the changing landscape of early childhood education and care from colonial times to the present. The diversity of policy, goals, funding and access reflects the complexity of political and economic contexts and community needs and realities.
The Chair and Board of Management of ANME invite you to attend the 2016 Annual Historical Perspectives on Education Lecture to be given in The Inspire Centre on Thursday 29 September 2016, 5.30 – 7pm. Entry: $20 including refreshments.
RSVP no later than Thursday 22 September to email@example.com.
Open Day at the University of Canberra will be on Saturday 27 August.
The Museum will be open from 10am to 2pm.
See our displays including our 20th anniversary year perspective.
Visit our collections.
Where: Building 5, Level A
Museums Australia Education (MAE)
Registrations Now Open
Doing Things Differently, Making a Difference
A day for museum professionals in Melbourne at two iconic cultural institutions on
Wednesday 5 October, 2016 (before the MAVic conference)
Announcing Keynote Speaker
Adam is the Director of Audience Engagement at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, helping lead this century-old institution into the future through innovative programming. An indefatigable advocate for visitors, Rozan is part of a movement to revolutionize the museum visit. He also teaches an innovative course in the Museum Studies program at Harvard University’s Extension School.
Workshops and presentations will explore museum program evaluation, innovative use of technology in museums, and innovative practice in performing and visual arts in museum settings. More details will be made available as the program develops at http://tinyurl.com/hbbcef3
Bookings essential at http://mavic.asn.au/events?mode=Day&d=5&n=10&y=2016
Early Bird closes 14 August, 2016.
Participants can also book for Conference Curtain Raiser on Tuesday 4 October at The Old Treasury Building. Featuring the Wild Colonial Boys exhibition and a visit from a “Special Guest”. 6.00pm to 7.00pm $25 pp. Book here. http://mavic.asn.au/events?mode=Day&d=4&n=10&y=2016
A free bus is available to shuttle participants going to the MAVic, Phillip Island Conference at 4.00pm on Wednesday 5 Oct. Book here (scroll down!) http://mavic.asn.au/events?mode=Day&d=5&n=10&y=2016
TEAM LEADER | EDUCATION
The Sovereign Hill Museums Association
39 Magpie Street | Ballarat Victoria 3350 Australia
The Australian National Museum of Education in association with the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra cordially invites you to a workshop where students from the Museums, Heritage and Conservation Studies Course in the Faculty of Arts and Design’s Donald Horne Institute will demonstrate a range of techniques in the conservation of archival items.
When: Monday 25 July 2016 4.30pm to 6.00pm
Where: Building 27 Level C Room 18 UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA
Cost: Admission: $15.00 includes refreshments will be served
RSVP no later than Thursday 21 July to ANME@canberra.edu.au
Telephone: 6201 2473
Left: Dr Malcolm Beazley AM cuts the 20th anniversary birthday cake
On Wednesday 11th May, ANME hosted a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Museum. Members and guests enjoyed a number of speeches by the Chair of the Management Board, Prof Barbara Pamphilon, and the Director, Dr Malcolm Beazley, AM and Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt, Senior Curator. Light refreshments were followed by a visit to Building Five and a viewing of the anniversary displays and the Museum’s collections.
The Heritage, Museums and Conservation Program in the UC Faculty of Arts and Design is offering two expert-led, one-day courses on caring for records and other paper items:
Course 1: Preserving paper records – a down-to-earth course on how to handle, store and transport paper documents, including a disaster recovery session. This course is aimed at records managers, librarians and anyone else who loves and cares for old documents.
Course 2: Workshop in Paper Conservation – a more in-depth look at paper and how it deteriorates, including practical sessions on how to clean and deacidify old paper. This course is aimed at people who are familiar with basic paper preservation and would like to know more, including emerging conservators and students.
These courses can be done together or separately and are great for professional development in the heritage, archives and conservation sectors. See the attached flyers for further information.
If you have any questions, or would like to attend one or both of these courses, please email Nicole Charnock at Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your availability.
Please forward this email to interested colleagues or friends – we would love to see them!
Heritage, Museums and Conservation Program, Faculty of Arts and Design
University of Canberra
Come and join in the celebration!
As part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, the Australian National Museum of Education at the University of Canberra is reflecting upon 20 years of service to educational heritage.
This is an opportunity to see highlights from a leading Australian educational history collection, as it showcases examples of educational policy, curriculum and practice.
The exhibition is open from 4 – 20 April, with the exception of the weekend of 9-10 April.
Further information about the whole program may be found at