Why Models Work - The Technology Edition (Lecture via Zoom Webinar)

Why Models Work is a sub-series of the Museums Victoria 2020 Lecture Series. It features curators, collection managers and conservators presenting detailed studies of models in the exhibition, Mini Mega Model Museum at Melbourne Museum. Each edition explores the models in more detail via presentations by the experts who care for them and use them in their work.

The technology edition introduces one of the museum's most fondly remembered objects, the Working Models Case. The curator of the exhibition will share the experience of making this historic display active again.

Also learn how Museums Victoria manages, stores and tracks models with literally hundreds of parts. And then plunge below the surface of Nordstrom's modelmaking masterpiece depicting The Port Phillip and Colonial Gold Mining Company's operations at Clunes, commissioned in 1858.


Matilda Vaughan – Exhibition Curator, Mini Mega Model Museum (Curator, Engineering)

Nick Crotty – Collection Manager, Society & Technology

Matthew Churchward – Senior Curator, Engineering and Transport

Hosted by Rebecca Carland - Senior Curator, History of Collection


Since COVID-19 restrictions have been in place, Museums Victoria has offered Zoom Webinar events as part of the Museums at Home program.

Register through the link provided to receive your Zoom ID to join this free event:



June 17, 2020 at 6:00pm - 7pm
Streamed live from the homes of our panelists/presenters via Zoom Webinar
Register to obtain Zoom Webinar link
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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