'Picturing the Universe' - a Museums Victoria 2023 Lecture Series Event

Monday, April 17, 2023 at 06:00 PM


Museum Theatre - Lower Ground
Melbourne Museum
Carlton Gardens
Carlton, VIC 3053
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Caz McLennan

Picturing the Universe - Melbourne Museum (museumsvictoria.com.au)

Our April 2023 presentation, featuring images, film footage and objects from the Museums Victoria Collection, will explore the various ways we have pictured and filmed the universe, also discussing mechanical models of the Solar System (orreries) and pre-cinema optical mechanisms (such as the zoetrope and the magic lantern).

Tickets price range - $5 to $12



Host: Dr Tanya Hill | Senior Curator Astronomy, Planetarium, Museums Victoria

Speaker: Dr Martin Bush | Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne & Honorary Associate, Museums Victoria

Speaker: Alice Cannon | Manager, History & Technology Collections, Museums Victoria

Speaker: Lorenzo Iozzi | Manager, Image Collections, Museums Victoria

Dr Tanya Hill is Museums Victoria’s Planetarium Astronomer. Tanya joined the museum in 1999 and was part of the team that opened the Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks. Prior to that, she carried out research in the field of extra-galactic astronomy, where she hunted for supermassive black holes using a variety of Australian telescopes. She has gone on to create award-winning planetarium shows that are screened in over 50 planetariums and across 20 countries worldwide.

Dr Martin Bush is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. He is an Honorary Associate at Museums Victoria. Martin is a cultural historian of popular science with expertise in the visual communication of astronomy, magic lantern slides, and planetariums.

Lorenzo Iozzi studied Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT University and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Art Conservation from the University of Melbourne. He continues a practical interest in fine art through still life and landscape painting. He joined Museums Victoria in 2005 where his current role is Senior Collection Manager of Images in the History and Technology Department. This work has fostered an interest in the way images shape our understanding of the world, particularly through the photographic image and motion film.

Alice Cannon is the Manager of History & Technology Collections at Museums Victoria. She has a background in materials conservation, specialising in paper, photographic and preventive conservation. Previously she managed Museums Victoria’s collection risk management program.

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The History Council of Victoria acknowledges the State Library of Victoria and the Public Record Office Victoria for supply of the archival images that appear on this website.

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Image credits

  • Italian sailors on ship at Port Melbourne 1938, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese procession in Collins near Elizabeth Street 1901, Harvie & Sutcliffe, photographers, State Library of Victoria
  • People’s homes, Aboriginal station Coranderrk 1878, Fred Kruger Photographer, State Library of Victoria
  • Chinese nurses at Children’s Hospital under scholarship 1947, Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria
  • Ladies physical culture class VRI Melbourne c1931, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001, 011/02
  • Melbourne Cup, Derby and Oaks Day, Flemington Racecourse 1936, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12903/P0001/4802, 372/30
  • Flinders Street viaduct at foot of Market Street with advertisement for McRobertson’s Chocolate on bridge, Public Record Office Victoria VPRS 12800/P0003, ADV 1342