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Ephemera as historical sources
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 06:00 PM
LocationOld Treasury Building
20 Spring St
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
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Event contactMargaret Birtley
0418 814 957
Historical sources' survival may be the result of chance rather than deliberate and careful preservation. How do historians locate and use material that was never designed to be retained? This seminar considers the importance of ephemera: material that carries printed information that was not intended to be kept or preserved.
The seminar will be facilitated by Mandy Bede, President of the Ephemera Society of Australia. We will hear three presentations, followed by questions from the audience and opportunity for discussion. The presentations are:
Out of the bag and into the archive: Royal Melbourne Show ephemera
Presenter: Dr Annette Shiell, Senior Curator Heritage, Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
Abstract: From tickets, posters, prize cards and maps to the ubiquitous showbag, the Royal Melbourne Show is a treasure trove for the ephemerist. As collection objects and historical resources, Show ephemera are both invaluable records of a community event and evocative snapshots of life.
Where worlds collide: ephemera in science
Presenter: Rebecca Carland, Senior Curator, History of Collections & Scientific Art at Museums Victoria
Abstract: Charged with the history of collections at Museums Victoria, Rebecca researches the people and motivations that shaped the collection. In this talk she reveals the surprising depth that can come from using the often ignored ephemera of natural history. She will also touch on a recent project collecting ephemera from the School Strikes for Climate and their value in capturing this historic wave of youth protest.
Hazardous goods: the case of white lead in household paint
Presenter: Richard Aitken, a Melbourne-based historian, curator, and writer
Abstract: We tend to associate household paint charts and advertising leaflets with choice of colour or homemaking aspirations. Using ephemera as a primary documentary resource, this presentation will, however, chart another story—the popularity and decline of toxic lead-based paint.
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The seminar is part of an ongoing series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.Posted by on ,
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