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?
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
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
This morning I woke to the sad news of David Bowie's passing. As someone born into what Wikipedia calls Bowie's New Wave and Pop Era (1984) and classified as Generation Y, I first heard the news via social media. I didn't really grow up on Bowie's music and I've never seen Labyrinth, but I am aware … Continue reading Vale David Bowie
Just like the proverbial lunch, museum entry is never free. Whilst the visitor may not necessarily contribute to the cost of their visit, governments, tax payers, sponsors, donors, members and a host of other financial and in kind contributors, all ensure that museums are functional. In a recent article in the Guardian, Jonathan Jones, suggested … Continue reading There is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
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?
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