In 2013 Museum Studies at Macquarie University will continue to present great speakers in this unique lecture series which first commenced in 2011.

These are held at the Macquarie University Art Gallery (for location details visit www.artgallery.mq.edu.au) unless otherwise stated, these are at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

To RSVP to events, please email museumstudies@mq.edu.au

The next presentation in this series:

Stay tuned for some announcements on speakers and topics in 2013 coming soon.


Past lectures in the UnCurated series

1)    4 February 2011

Comics and the representation of female war-time bravery in Wanda the War Girl (Australia) and Paroles d’Etoiles (France)

Professor Jane Chapman from the University of Lincolnshire presented the inaugural UnCurated lecture.

During the Second World War, an Aussie comic strip character called Wanda the War Girl was more popular than Superman: servicemen even painted her picture on their planes and tanks. What is the appeal of representation of women in 1940s comics as a subject? Why does historical nostalgia attract so many exhibition visitors?

Jane Chapman is also a visiting fellow at Cambridge University (Wolfson College) and the University College Dublin (Centre for Media History), visiting Professor at Macquarie University and one of the curators of the 2011 Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition: India – Past, Present and Abroad. She is a former television producer who is the author of eight books on documentary studies, journalism and media history and is currently preparing a comparative study of the rise and fall of the Australian comic book industry in the 1940s and 1950s. She specialises in world communications history of dis-empowered groups, including women.

Watch this presentation on YouTube:

2)    7 March 2011

Developing Exhibitions for Local Studies

by Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson, a Pittwater Local Studies librarian, studied a Bachelor of Arts in History at Kalamazoo College, Michigan, USA, before moving to Sydney. She now has a Master’s degree from Sydney University, and studied her graduate diploma in Information Management from the University of South Australia.

Sarah spoke about the hidden collections of local libraries and the important information they can glean about local communities. She discussed how she learnt to create exhibitions to best present material in the collection to the community.

3)    14 March 2011

Second Death of Pompeii

by Dr Jaye McKenzie-Clark

The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 provides us with a unique opportunity to examine the material culture of all levels of Pompeian society. The importance of the city is indicated by its World Heritage listing, yet Pompeii is rapidly deteriorating. Jaye McKenzie-Clark discussed the impact of the AD 79 eruption on the conservation of both Pompeii and Herculaneum. Her presentation investigated problems of conservation, maintenance and funding, the effects of tourism and the political issues that impact on the sites.

Dr Jaye McKenzie-Clark from the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University has worked with the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii since 1998. The project is a research initiative of the University of Oxford and the University of Bradford in England, which is investigating the urban development of an entire city block adjacent to the Herculaneum Gate. Jaye is the leading ceramic specialist and head of illustration. She has worked on pottery from the British School at Rome and Reading University excavations of Regio I.9, and is a ceramic consultant for the city-wide excavations conducted by the University of Venice. At Macquarie University, Jaye has been an Education Officer at the Museum of Ancient Cultures since 2003, lectures and tutors in Archaeology and has presented research papers at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, England and Italy. She lectures on life in ancient Pompeii, and travels to schools throughout New South Wales to teach the HSC Ancient History core topic, the Cities of Vesuvius.

4)    4 April 2011

Hemingway in Africa: The Last Safari

by OC, CBE, renowned author, publisher, explorer, philanthropist and Macquarie University Writer in Residence, Sir Christopher Ondaatje

Sir Christopher Ondaatje discussed his book “Hemingway in Africa: The Last Safari.” Africa was an life-long obsession for Hemingway,  and Ondaatje, through several personal journeys into physical and literary aspects of Hemingway’s safaris, has produced a startling and controversial documentary of the man and the myth. Sir Ondaatje was born in Ceylon, educated in London and emigrated to Canada in 1956. He worked at several magazines and newspapers, and in 1967 founded the Pagurian Press, which later became the enormously successful Pagurian Corporation. In 1988, he sold all his business interests and returned to the literary world. He is author of seven books including the best-selling Burton biographies “Sindh Revisited” and “Journey to the Source of the Nile”. He was a member of Canada’s 1964 Olympic bobsled team, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. He lives in London, England.

Watch this presentation on YouTube:

5)    6 May 2011

EphenStephenguitar duo in concert

EphenStephenis a guitar duo committed to exploring both inventive and established repertoire. The duo are resident in Armidale NSW but perform throughout Australia and New Zealand. They have a diverse history of projects ranging from new music commissions to ground breaking transcriptions of classic works, this duo embraces a unique musical vision and we were lucky enough to have them perform as part of the UnCurated series.


6)  20 June 2011

The End of the known world: The features of Finnish technical culture

By Professor Panu Nykänen

Professor Panu Nykänen discussed how hundreds of years of tradition have been carried through to the third millennium. Straightforward design and economical thinking using available technological systems are still characteristics of Finnish technical culture in art and design. In Roman times, Finland was considered to be the end of the known world. According to the Roman historian Tacitus, the people of the North were living beyond the limits of human culture and the desire for a better life. During the Iron Age, Finnish artifacts were different from those of neighbouring people. The tools and bijoux were simple and highly functional in comparison, with the more decorative work of the people in the west or east.

Panu is a historian at Aalto University (Helsinki University of Technology). He has worked as an archaeologist for the National Board of Antiquities, and since 1995 as a historian. His main interests have focused on the history of technical research and education. He is the author of several books on the history of industrialization and academic organisations.

Selected publications by Prof. Panu please visit:

7)    4 July 2011

Martyrs, Monuments and the Nation State – Recent Turkish Memorials on Gallipoli

by Professor Duncan Waterson

During the last thirty years there has been a spate of books and articles examining mostly Great War memorials in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Belguim the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. This lecture examined the phenomenon of the rapid and numerous constructions of monuments by the Turkish State on the site of the Ottoman Empire’s last significant victory in 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Turkey with its exploding youthful population, urbanisation, tension between the Army as the self-appointed guardian of the secular constitution and the need to reinforce the memory and legacy of the great commander and moderniser, Kemal Attaturk, has embarked on a massive redecoration of the Dardanelles, as well as a refurbishment of museums in Ankara, Istanbul and Canakkale.

Professor Duncan Waterson, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Modern History at Macquarie University is the son of a New Zealand World War 1 survivor.  He has worked on Australian political and social history, Australian biography, Queensland agricultural history and much more during his career at Macquarie University.  He has most recently worked with the Australian War Memorial and the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey on an ARC Linkage Grant.

View Duncan’s slides at:

8 )   01 August:

Photonics in Art and Cultural Heritage Conservation – Connecting David and the Dreaming

by Prof Deb Kane

Professor Deb Kane from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University discussed the many ways Science serves Art such as by generating research based knowledge for the diagnosis, preservation and conservation of art and cultural heritage. This lecture focused on the photonic sciences in providing tools to diagnose and treat conservation problems. Examples include the laser scanning and laser cleaning of the statue of David; through to early stage research on conservation problems in Aboriginal bark paintings and other artefacts unique to Australia, being carried out at Macquarie University.

Deb Kane’s research has encompassed a broad range of areas in laser physics; incoherent light sources; and the application of these lasers and sources in spectroscopy, optical metrology, communications and interactions with materials.

For more information on Prof. Kane please visit:

9)    16 August:

National Museums and Education Policy in Denmark

by Ida Brændholt Lundgaard

Ida Brændholt Lundgaard, an advisor from the Heritage Agency of Denmark, Copenhagen will present recent Danish Museum Policy developments. Initiatives include five funding streams: Innovative Development of Education; Research in Education in Museums; New Educational Programmes in Museums; Qualitative User Studies; and International Studies, Training and Knowledge Exchange. ‘The Citizenship Project’, focuses on how museums contribute to the development of citizenship through their exhibitions and dialogue, based educational practice. ‘Interface’ develops partnerships between upper secondary schools and museums. ‘Learning Museum’ is based on collaboration between museums; and Teachers Colleges of Education develop teachers’ skills in using museums as part of their professional practice.

As a strategic tool to develop the educational role of museums and strengthen collaboration with educational institutions, the Heritage Agency conducted a national survey on educational programs and activities in Danish museums. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education a digital platform www.e-museum.dk aims to deliver an important, high quality supplement to educate children and young people. A National Centre for Research in Museum Education is being developed to integrate research and practice.

Ida’s areas of expertise are museum education; national and international culture; education policies in relation to democratic citizenship; education in art museums and galleries; visual arts education and visual culture in education. Ida has participated in several national and international projects on museums education: “DIDART – Understanding and Experiencing Contemporary Art”, “REMIX OG SAMPLING”, “Engage International Summer Schools” and “Collect & Share” (Life Long Learning in Museums and Galleries, collaboration between European Museums and Universities. EU’s Socrates Programme).

10)   5 September

Shakin’ the World Over: The Greek-Australian Milk Bar

The Golden Star Milk Bar, Hay Street, Perth, WA, mid-1930s.
The Golden Star Milk Bar, Hay Street, Perth, WA, mid-1930s.

Milkshakes were originally a health food. Ingredients included fruit, cream, butter, eggs, chocolate, honey, caramel, malt, yeast, and rum. No ice cream or artificial flavours. According to Macquarie University historian, Leonard Janiszewski, milkshakes were popularised through milk bars, initially created in Sydney in 1932 by a Greek known as Mick Adams. Adams’ refreshment revolution became an Australian and international food-catering icon. Janiszewski’s lecture explained how.
Presented by Department of Modern History, Macquarie University

Contact:    Leonard Janiszewski leonard.janiszewski@mq.edu.au, (02) 9850 6886

(more information: https://museumstudiesmacquarie.wordpress.com/greek-australianmilkbar/)

11)   7 November

A.B. (Banjo) Paterson (1864-1941) – bush ballads, poems, stories and journalism

by Gregory Blaxell, an Honorary Associate of Museum Studies at Macquarie University

Gregory  will discuss Paterson’s life and work through the reading of bush ballads, narratives and some of his journalistic pieces. The lecture will cover: the influence of Emily Mary Barton (his paternal grandmother); Paterson’s early life and his links with Gladesville; Waltzing Matilda; between the Boer War and World War I until his death in 1941. Paterson was never pretentious about his literary status and there will be no critical analysis of his literary output.  Instead, the presentation will focus on enjoying the work of this celebrated Australian writer.

Greg is a graduate of Sydney and Macquarie Universities. He trained as a teacher, and after completing postgraduate studies, he became a member of the academic staff of St George Institute of Education and the Australian Catholic University. He has been Editorial Director of the publisher, Jacaranda Press. These days, most of his time is devoted to writing.

He is the author of many books exploring the teaching of reading and language and more recently has had published The River: Sydney Cove to Parramatta and A Pictorial History of Canada Bay. He writes a weekly history column for the Northern District Times and is a regular contributor to the magazine Afloat.  He is a member of the City of Ryde’s Heritage Advisory Committee and in 2007 was made Volunteer of the Year for the City.
Gregory Blaxell,

12) 31 October 2012

A Hole in the Wall: Cultural Heritage as a Mode of Community Engagement, 420 years at Trinity College Dublin

by Catherine Giltrap, Curator of the Art Collections, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

As one of the oldest institutions of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin has shaped and, in turn, been influenced by the history of Ireland and its notion of identity throughout the five centuries since it was established in 1592. From this time, Trinity’s fine and decorative arts collections were developed.  They have been used as a mode of engagement between two communities– the College and the wider society – whose mutual interactions have changed considerably over time. In 1978, the extensive walls of the College were pierced.  The first ever “informal” pedestrian entrance was established. Significantly, at this point of connection was the first university art gallery in Ireland, designed within the newly opened Arts Building complex.  It led to was a world of cultural heritage waiting to be explored, a history of how Trinity got to this point in time with the city and nation that developed around it.

Catherine spoke about the impact that both communities have had on the development of the College collections while also considering university and national identity.  She shared with us unique stories relating to selected pieces from the fine and decorative arts collections, she elaborated on how actual and perceived barriers and notions of identity internally, externally and in between, were built or reaffirmed, and later transcended, by the enthusiasm of individuals who became passionate patrons, promoters, and protectors of the College’s collected cultural heritage.  The journey carried us from tales of generous donors, to accounts of how the College protected its cultural heritage during the famous ‘Easter Rising’ of 1916, to stories of how students hitch-hiked to Paris to buy an artwork they loved, procured a Roy Lichtenstein for the College, and staged Ireland’s first and only solo exhibition of Picasso’s works at the student and staff run university gallery.

Catherine Giltrap is the first museum professional engaged as Curator of the amalgamated collections of Fine and Decorative Arts at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Since 2007, she has been in charge of some 2,000 items including College portraits, paintings and sculptures dating from1601 to the present day, along with the College Silver and the Decorative Arts collection. She was previously employed in curatorial posts and art and architectural heritage conservation consultancy roles at institutions including the Chester Beatty Library & Galleries, the Irish State Art Collections, Farmleigh, Fingal Arts Office and organised the return of the Irish and Northern Irish Venice Biennale art exhibitions in 2007/2008.  She is a graduate of the Departments of the History of Art and Architecture and French at Trinity College Dublin. Catherine also completed a Masters dissertation in Museum Studies through the University of Leicester, on ‘The Role of University Museums and Collections’. Her research focused on higher education visual art collections in Ireland within an international context. One of the practical aims of her research was to plan the foundation of an Irish university art collections association in order to enable Irish university art curators to be supported and promoted professionally, and to communicate at an international level. She was recently invited to join the Board of ICOM Ireland.


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