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PROV’s online exhibitions

Don’t feel like leaving the house but still want to visit an exhibition? The Public Record Office of Victoria has you covered. There are eight fantastic exhibits online that explore many aspects of Victorian history – such as Victoria’s Aboriginal police force in the 19th century, stories of Melbourne’s waterways, archives of the Eureka Stockade, and the inception of the Art Trams. Take a virtual walk through these exhibitions here.

Making the medieval modern

Medieval manuscripts are unique historical documents, as well as works of art. They’re also devilishly tricky to preserve and digitise – but the Walters Art Museum has shared their secrets (thanks to NEH grants). Digitising these rare works requires advanced tehcnologies and preservation expertise, including a process of preparation, photography, and archiving. Learn more about the process in a great video by the Walters Art Museum, and see the finished products here.

Where to start reading philosophy

A great way to start the year: the top picks for summer reading material in philosophy from philosophers across Australia. Philosophy can seem a daunting subject in which to dabble – but there are many wonderful books on philosophy that tackle big ideas without requiring a PhD to digest. The Conversation provides some top picks for your philosophical reading.

Is there an arts graduate in the house?

“It’s precisely times like these when the liberal arts and the humanities show their true value…allowing us to engage in questions about ‘why?’ rather than simply ‘how?” – Carl Davidson writes on the unique skills acquired via an arts education, in particular the ability of humanities scholars to interrogate and assess the world around them.

Meet the first woman in history to run the Vatican Museums

At the start of the new year, we can’t help but look back at some of the achievements made in the humanities over the course of 2016. The Vatican Museums appointed Barbara Jatta, a specialist in Art History, as its first female director. Jatta graduated from Rome’s Sapienza University in 1986 with a degree in Literature and has worked with the Vatican since 1996. Holding positions in the Vatican Library as the Head of the Cabinet of Prints and the Curator of Graphics in the Department of Prints, her example demonstrates the enduring importance of, and range of opportunity within the humanities today. Read more abour Barbara Jatta’s appointment here.




World War One and the Ibuki

This exhibition features the battlecruiser Ibuki, part of the Japanese Navy, and its critical part in the First Convoy. The First Convoy of 17 ships took Australia’s first overseas military commitment – soldiers, nurses, horses, weaponry and supplies – on the long journey to Egypt, where troops completed their training before going to Gallipoli and the Western Front. Closes 15 January. Free. More info here.

Summer Cinema: Antigone

The Hellenic Museum is screening Giorgos Tzavellas’ classic film adaption of Sophocles’ ancient tragedy. n this ancient tragedy by Sophocles, Antigone (Irene Papas) defies King Creon’s (Manos Katrakis) decree that her brother’s body should go unburied and therefore find no rest in the afterlife. Enjoy food from the Greek style Psistaria (wood fired oven and grill) before and during the movie in the Hellenic Museum’s courtyard. 4 February. Open at 6:00pm, film starts at sunset. $16.67 – $21.89 (booking fee included). Book here.

Midsumma Queer Reads

Looking for your next queer read? Or just read something that you think is going to be the next Sarah Waters? Drop into The Gallery at City Library for a chat about what’s new in queer books – the best of 2016, what you loved, what you didn’t, what’s coming in 2017, what you want to see next. 18 January to 25 January, 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Free. More info here.

On Air: 40 Years of 3RRR

Discover the story of Triple R’s evolution from humble beginnings as an educational broadcaster at RMIT University, to a station with 440,000 listeners and its own digs in Brunswick. Featuring an eclectic array of materials from Triple R’s archive including signed gig posters, original artworks, rare photographs and Triple R t-shirts and merchandise, ON AIR: 40 years of 3RRR explores the history, culture and character of this iconic and much loved station. The exhibition will be complemented by a free public program of associated talks, debates and an after-hours pop-up bar. Until 29 January, 10:00am to 5:00pm daily (until 9:00pm on Thursdays). Free. More info here.

Unsung Stories

In Vietnam, 1966, a small group of Australian soldiers battled their way into the history books at Long Tan. Theirs is not the only remarkable story of bravery from that year. The latest exhibition at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, Unsung Stories features the little-known story of Private John Densley and his mother Christina, flown by the Australian Government to her son’s bedside in Saigon when a sniper’s bullets nearly took his life, and the tragic tale of Private Errol Noack, controversially, the first conscript soldier to die. nts and artifacts behind these products. Until 30 April. $12 – $15. More info here.

Remembering the ‘Burbs: 1850-1960

In her introduction to the Suburbs section of the book, Helen Doyle writes: “Melbourne’s first residential area lay within the confines of Hoddle’s grid of 1837. The first suburb, Newtown (Fitzroy), planned in 1839, was quickly dominated by small working-class cottages, although the southern end of Fitzroy later vied with East Melbourne for grand Victorian terraces. With rapid growth and increased wealth in the 1850s came the desire for a more genteel place of residence, a refuge away from the bustle, noise and unsanitary condition of the city. Those who could afford it moved to new suburbs in the east and south, on a large block surrounded by a garden.” Remembering the ‘Burbs showcases the images supplied by these historical societies. The images of suburban housing, work, industry, commerce, community service and recreation – collectively trace the development of Melbourne’s suburbs between 1850 and 1960 as its population expanded from the city’s confines. Until 28 April, 10:00am to 4:00pm daily (to 3:00pm on Fridays). Free. More info here.



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