Tour 1: Melbourne’s Important Stories – Melbourne Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and State Library of Victoria

Monday, October 05, 2015: 10:00am - 4:00pm

10.00 am – 12.00 noon, Melbourne Museum

Discover the ways in which Museum Victoria has been employing new technologies to tell important stories and enhance understanding and a sense of belonging.

First Peoples exhibition in the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum. A shared endeavour of Museum Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal community. The exhibition is told through the voices of Victoria’s First Peoples, and utilising cutting-edge technology, Aboriginal language, artefacts and contemporary artworks, First Peoples tells the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today.

WW1: Love and Sorrow exhibition looks at one of the world’s most destructive conflicts recalled through the experiences of eight people. The stories of World War I soldiers and their families remain profoundly affecting. Over 100,000 Victorians enlisted; survivors returned forever changed but many never came home at all. We still feel the war’s aftermath today, a century after it began. As you make your way through the exhibition, the story of one individual unfolds on an integrated app experience.

12.00 – 1.00 pm, Enjoy lunch at Melbourne Museum (at own expense)  

1.30 pm

Stroll with your Museum Victoria guide past the World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building to the State Library of Victoria.

2.00 – 4.00 pm, State Library of Victoria

The State Library is one of the keepers of Victoria’s history – and home to millions of stories. Get to know the treasures and curiosities of the incredible collection, and hear tales from the community and from inside the Library.

Firstly you will be guided through the Collection Digitisation studios, to view the technology used by library staff to digitise our collection for both online use and for exhibitions. The digitising, cataloguing and linking of images to the catalogue records has been mainstream work of the State Library Victoria since the 1990s. The Collection Digitisation team has developed workflows and displays for a large variety of item formats, including maps & plans, architectural drawings, rare books, manuscripts, realia, and sketchbooks and albums.

The tour will then continue through to the Australian Sketchbook: Colonial life and the art of S T Gill exhibition in the Keith Murdoch Gallery. The discussion will focus on the use of technology to enhance the physical exhibition as well as the development of an interactive web experience, to take the exhibition beyond the walls of the State Library Victoria.

The day will conclude at State Library of Victoria at 4.00 pm.

Since many of the locations can be easily reached on foot, participants are advised to wear walking shoes.