Exhibitions

The Library’s Treasures Gallery and Exhibition Gallery display some of the Library’s most precious collections. The recordings of curator talks and exhibition related symposiums available below, give an insight into the people and ideas behind our exhibitions.

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Maps By Night: Curator Talk with Dr Martin Woods & Dr Susannah Helman

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Tue 25 March 2014
Duration 57:03
Format: mp3 audio

Dr Martin Woods, National Library Head of Maps- The Map that made the Pacific an Ocean. Dr Susannah Helman, National Library Assistant Exhibitions Curator - From medieval monasteries to Medici Tuscany to Georgian London

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Maps By Night: Curator Talk with Nat Williams

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Tue 25 March 2014
Duration 59:58
Format: mp3 audio

Created by the monk Fra Mauro (c.1390-1459) in a monastery off Venice between 1448-53, this audacious and huge map of the world has often been said to be better known than understood. This illustrated lecture by Nat Williams, The James and Bettison Treasures Curator, will shed light on some of the common misunderstandings around the map's production and history.

social-mapping

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Contemporary Social Mapping

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Tue 25 March 2014
Duration 1:12:24
Format: mp3 audio

Join mapping experts Simon Costello, Group Leader National Geographic Information, Geoscience Australia and Thomas Blackmore, Spatial analyst and GIS developer, Australian Bureau of Statistics and Jeff Robinson, Executive Manager, Professional Services ESRI Australia, as they discuss the many changes and innovations in contemporary cartography.

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The 1814 Flinders Map Bicentenary

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Tue 25 March 2014
Duration 49:15
Format: mp3 audio

To mark the bicentenary of the publication of Flinders? General Chart of Terra Australis or Australia, mariners, academics and curators explore the life of Matthew Flinders, his friends and his enemies and the significance of the map.

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Maps By Night: The Blaeu Map & Globe

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Fri 7 February 2014
Duration 1:04:52
Format: mp3 audio

Join Dr Nigel Erskine, Australian maritime archaeologist and Research Manager at the Australian National Maritime Museum and Dr Martin Woods, National Library Curator of Maps tohear more about the the work of the famous Blaeu family, creators of maps, globes and grand atlases.

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Maps By Night: Women at Sea

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Mon 3 February 2014
Duration 52:15
Format: mp3 audio

Join author Marele Day, and Library staff Marie-Louise Ayres and Fiona Hooton as they explore the lives of three women: Rose de Freycinet, Mrs Cook and Louis Girardin as they travelled the seas.

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Maps By Night: Indigenous Navigation

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday 24 January 2014
Duration 1:04:29
Format: mp3 audio

In Australian Aboriginal cultures, mental maps are built on songs and ceremony. These songlines and other navigational tools enabled Aboriginal Australians to navigate across the country, trading artefacts and sacred stories. Join Ray Norris as he discusses how Indigenous people used stories and other navigational tools to cross country.

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Maps By Night: Talks with Justine van Mourik and Katherine Barnes

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday 17 January 2014
Duration 1:06:58
Format: mp3 audio

Bringing the East to the West ? Justine van Mourik discusses the rise and fall of the world?s first multinational corporation, the VOC (United East India Company). The most marvelous monsters. - Transcript

Katherine Barnes explores representations of mythical creatures and monstrous beings in a selection of Mapping Our World?s medieval and renaissance maps. - Transcript

Contemporary-Mapping

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Contemporary Environmental Mapping

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday 22 November 2013
Duration 1:40:03
Format: mp3 audio

Join mapping experts: Lalit Kumar, Associate Professor, Ecosystem Management, University of New England, Tony Boston, Branch Head, Environmental Information Management, Bureau of Meteorology, and Laura Berman, Esri Australia’s Partner Manager as they discuss the many changes and innovations in contemporary environmental and geographic cartography.

Peter-Barber

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A Brief History of Cartography: Peter Barber

Contributor: National Library Publications
Duration:
1:01:53
Date published: Mon, 4 Nov 2013
Format: mp3 audio

Join Peter Barber the British Library’s Head of Maps to challenge your cosy assumptions about maps and their history.

MOW-discovery

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Mapping Our World - Discovery Day

Contributor: National Library Publications
Date published: Monday 11 November 2013
Duration various
Format: mp3 audio

Learn more about the history of the mapping of Australia. Listen to talks and panel discussions with national and international experts. Hear exhibition curators Nat Williams, Dr Martin Woods and Dr Susannah Helman as they reveal the stories behind the exhibition. Listen to international and Australian experts discuss maps and mapping controversies.

Cultural-Memory

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Cultural Memory

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday 18 February 2013
Duration 1:00:13
Format: mp3 audio

Anne Brennan, head of the Art Theory Workshop at the Australian National University?s School of Art (ANU) and Helen Ennis, Things exhibition curator and Associate Professor at the ANU discuss the ways that photographs and objects act as repositories for our memories and meanings.

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Hunting and Collecting Things

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday, 7 December 2012
Duration 36:59
Format: mp3 audio

Nicola Mackay-Sim, Curator of Pictures, talks about some of her favourite works in Things: Photographing the Constructed World and shares her adventures of hunting and collecting Australia?s visual heritage.

Helen-Ennis

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Helen Ennis: curators talk

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Friday, 30 November 2012
Duration 52:07
Format: mp3 audio

Helen Ennis, Things exhibition curator, talks about navigating her way from A-Z through the Library?s 700,000 photographic works to create Things an exhibition of photographs of the constructed world.

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The Great Australian Emptiness

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Monday, 9 july 2012
Duration 1:29:27
Format: mp3 audio

On the final day of The Life of Patrick White exhibition, join the panel as they explore how Australia has changed since White wrote his seminal essay, Prodigal Son.

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Patrick-White

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Duration 26:12
Format: mp3 audio

Opening speeches to the Patrick-White exhibition, featuring James Spigelman; Chair of the Council of the National Library of Australia, Barbara Mobbs; literary executor of Patrick White and Judy Davis; actor staring in the 2010 release of The Eye of the Storm.

Eef Overgaauw

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Handwritten special lecture

Contributor: National Library Publications & Events
Date published: Thursday, 1 December 2011
Duration 1:16:19
Format: mp3 audio

Prof. Dr Eef Overgaauw reflects on the history of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) and the manuscript collection behind the exhibition

The Dunera Boys Remembered

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The Dunera Boys Remembered

Contributor: National Library - Publications
Date broadcast: Friday, 27 August 2010
Duration: 1:25:32
Format: mp3 audio

A seminar featuring Dr Paul Bartrop and Dr Evelyn Juers along with first person accounts of the journey and incarceration.

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The Dunera Boys and the Australian Christian Student Movement

Contributor: National Library - Publications
Date broadcast: Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Duration: 16:00
Format: mp3 audio

In this exhibition talk associate professor Renate Howe discusses the links between the 'Dunera Boys' and the Australian Christian Student Movement.

The Dunera Boys

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Dunera Boys curatorial talk

Contributor: National Library - Exhibitions
Date broadcast: Monday, 22 February 2010
Duration: 37:01
Format: mp3 audio

Assistant Curator Susannah Helman discusses items of significance in the Library's newest exhibition.

Nick Cave

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Notebooks tell Nick Cave's story

Contributor: ABC News
Date broadcast: Friday, 14 Aug 2009
Duration: 09:26
Format: mp3 audio

The life and work of Australian musician and author Nick Cave is on show at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. Arts Centre Melbourne curator Janine Barrand speaks with reporter Penny McLintock of ABC News.

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Special preview

Contributor: SBS Worldview program
Date broadcast: Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Duration: 08:15
Format: mp3 audio

Kate Russell of SBS speaks with Nat Williams, Director of Exhibitions, about the Library's state-of-the-art treasures gallery opening in 2011.

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Treasures Gallery preview

Contributor: 666 ABC Radio Canberra
Date broadcast: Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009
Duration: 09:07
Format: mp3 audio

Louise Maher speaks with Nat Williams, Director of Exhibitions, about what we can expect to see in the Library's new gallery space.

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