Museum Lectures



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
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Come on a journey of discovery with a new program of talks in 2019 at Melbourne Museum Theatre this year.

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Upcoming lectures

Listening for Nature: How the study of soundscapes enables discovery, conservation, and engagement with wildlife

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 6.00pm–7.30pm

Taking you on a sound journey from the forests of Indonesia to the plains of Victoria, Dr. Karen Rowe will show how new ways to record and analyse sound can help to catalogue wildlife and work to protect critically endangered species. She will also highlight a citizen-science project that uses sound to help community groups discover what lives in their local area and support habitat conservation.

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Illuminating Nature: Rediscovering James Searle – Pioneer Limelight Artist and City Naturalist

Wednesday 3 April 2019, 6.00pm–7.30pm

Born in Carlton in 1861 to goldrush immigrant parents, James Searle developed an early interest in natural history, photography, microscopy and all things technical or scientific. After training as a watchmaker and instrument mechanic, he joined the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria in 1885, attending excursions and fieldtrips. By 1890, he began regular appearances as 'projectionist' for the popular new entertainment of illustrated talks and lectures, being listed in Sands & McDougall Directory as a 'lantern slide manufacturer', 'limelight artist and mechanist'. Join Matthew Churchward and Lorenzo Iozzi to learn more about this fascinating man, who is intimately connected to Museums Victoria's history.

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Gut Feelings: Your Mind, Your Microbes

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 6.00pm–7.00pm

This presentation will discuss new revelations about how our minds, guts and microbes are inextricably linked and expand on the theme of Museums Victoria's latest exhibition Gut Feelings. Discover how you can nourish your gut microbes and stay healthy from the inside out. Hear directly from Professor Felice Jacka about her cutting-edge research on diet, the gut and mental health.

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Past lectures