What do those shoes really say?

I have mixed feelings about the donation and display of politician, Julie Bishop's shoes at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD) last week. As a museum professional, a teacher, a feminist, and a historian, it is uncomfortable to continually see women defined in the media and recorded in history by what they wear and by their … Continue reading What do those shoes really say?

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Vancouver Police Museum

Vancouver Police Museum

While recently in Vancouver, the Police Museum was an obvious place for me to visit. Not only did it appeal to my history and museum background, but it also piqued my lesser-known interest in crime. As a tourist, I also strive to visit museums and other places that tell the stories of the specific city … Continue reading Vancouver Police Museum

Let’s Try This Again: Writing About Museums

Let’s Try This Again: Writing About Museums

Since early August, when I resigned from my full-time position, I have been a museum professional unemployed by choice. After finishing work in Boston, I spent a forced and aimless month in Canada. The location was not on my holiday bucket list so there was no expectation or driving motivation.  I was by myself, although … Continue reading Let’s Try This Again: Writing About Museums

What can I learn about Museum Engagement from Harvard Yard and Michelle Obama?

What can I learn about Museum Engagement from Harvard Yard and Michelle Obama?

This week I returned to Boston after two months in my native Australia. I was happy that the weather is still very pleasant and that my Halloween weekend involved apple picking rather than the wintery mix of last year. Fortunately, the weather is also still beautiful enough to spend the afternoon reading a good book … Continue reading What can I learn about Museum Engagement from Harvard Yard and Michelle Obama?

Using History to Inform Current Issues

The recent debate over booing Indigenous AFL player, Adam Goodes, is well beyond a sports issue. As done by just about everyone, including sports and political journalists, comedians and social commentators, I could go on about why booing Goodes is or isn't racism. Instead, I am going to explore the opportunity this provides for education and … Continue reading Using History to Inform Current Issues