Museum Lectures



Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Come on a journey of discovery with a new program of talks at Melbourne Museum Theatre this year.

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Upcoming lectures

Wednesday 18 July, 5.30pm–6.30pm
The Intersection of Art & Historical Collections: First Peoples Women, Creative Practice and the Museum
In honour of 2018 NAIDOC theme "Because Of Her We Can", by Kimberley Moulton this lecture will highlight key works in the collection by female First Peoples.
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Wednesday 8 August, 1pm–2pm
Reframing Colonial Histories: Re-contextualising collections through contemporary art
Artist, researcher and descendant of the Gunantuna people, Lisa Hilli will share insights and outcomes of her creative practice inspired by museum and archival collections from Papua New Guinea.
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Wednesday 15 August, 1pm–2pm
Citizen Science: People-Power Building Knowledge of Nature
Di Bray, Erich Fitzgerald and Karen Rowe introduce wildlife projects achieving great things in Australia.
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Wednesday 22 August, 5.30pm–6.30pm
The Problem with Plastics
Discover how the preservation of plastics is becoming one of the major museum collection management issues of the 21st century, as discussed by conservators Petronella Nell, Julianne Bell, Alice Cannon and Karina Palmer.
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Wednesday 5 September, 5.30pm–6.30pm 
Making Futures: A slam event
This dynamic presentation will reveal how our responses to the past can influence the future. The Slam will be presented by social science, humanities scholars, creative writers, science communicators and visual artists involved in the Deakin Anthropocene Campus with Museum Staff.
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Tuesday 9 October, 6.00pm–7.30pm
Climate Sea Change: What do we know? When did we know it? What do we do?
Eight years ago a group of internationally renowned marine scientists met and discussed the impacts of the Climate Change they were seeing in their work. This year they gather again to take stock.  This free lecture is sponsored by the Australian Society for Fish Biology as part of their 2018 Annual Conference.
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Wednesday 10 October, 1pm–2pm
Pacific Gallery Redevelopment–Bring our people with us: A safe place to stand
Honouring customary knowledge holders, hear how the Te Pasifika redevelopment will convey positive change, respect and understanding to wider communities.
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Wednesday 14 November, 1pm–2pm
Migration, Television and Cultural Diversity in Australia since 1956
Discover how the histories of migration and television in Australia are intertwined, and how migrants are represented in the industry and on screen.
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Past lectures