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Why Universities Collect

How are a 3D printed copy of an ancient artefact, a Dhoeri Headdress from Torress Strait, an iconic image of Christine Keeler, the lower jaw section of a sperm whale and a John Brack portrait of Sir Garfield Barwick and Professor A. G. Mitchell related?  They are all items within the collections of Sydney’s third university.  They all form part of the academic enterprise of higher education, each one is a window into the questions that have occupied the minds of staff and students throughout…


Added by Andrew Simpson on April 13, 2014 at 7:41 — No Comments

University Museums and Academic Heritage

Here's a link to a short report on a colloquium about academic heritage held recently at the University of Ghent.!

Added by Andrew Simpson on December 15, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Shanghai 2010

Over 3300 museum people have descended on Shanghai for the 2010 ICOM conference. The main sessions are being held at the World Expo site next to the Huangpu River.

Things happen on a different human scale in China. This is by far the largest ICOM meeting ever. The World Expo closed at the end of October after attracting a phenomenal 70 million visitors. Just a few short years ago, Shanghai had about 6 metro train lines running through the…


Added by Andrew Simpson on November 20, 2010 at 5:42 — 4 Comments

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