House Museums French Style

Today I visited two small ‘house’ museums: La Maison de Balzac and Musée de la Vie romantique. The first is the house Balzac retreated to in 1840 and lived for seven years. The second was a centre of intellectual, artistic and literary group that included most interestingly for me, George Sand (Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin). … Continue reading

Bones and Liberty

Although I’ve been in Paris a week now, I’ve only managed to get to a few museums. Yesterday was by far the best I’ve seen. My brother and I headed off to the Catacomb, knowing it would be spooky, but not really what to expect. I was impressed by the interpretation in the tunnels about … Continue reading

Paris: a change of pace

This week I’m off to Paris and London for a long-overdue work/pleasure trip. (can one seriously go to Paris and say it is pure work?!). The pleasure part is travelling with family (my mum and youngest brother, who lives in London) and the work part is where I get to go to museums! As @wraggle … Continue reading

Random History: Atlantic Hotel

I’m finding more and more that the study of history is really just a study of coincidences, serendipity, chance encounters and the thrill of the chase. Often little snippets of history land in my lap, quite unheeded, take hold and open out into a lovely little slice of the past. It is this sort of history … Continue reading

The beginning

I suppose, like all things, it has to start somewhere. When I was doing some research for various buildings in Kalgoorlie-Boulder recently I came across this little article. It is clear that while this first sighted (and killed) rabbit was not a welcome moment, I detect a hint of amusement by the paper of the events. Perhaps … Continue reading

57 Murray Street

I finished off this project late last year and really had to take a break from it before I could think about writing a post about it. I have talked about this work here so I won’t rehash. The National Trust now have the final report in their hands and I’m told it will be … Continue reading

Library of Nearly Lost Moments

There is something really cool happening at the State Library of Western Australia. The Library of Nearly Lost Moments is a bit of an experiment but just the kind of thing I love, plus, it has been extremely popular! The library is really collecting for its ephemera collection – all those transitory bits of paper … Continue reading

YouTube Channels

I follow with interest how galleries, museums, libraries and archives use video to promote and spread their content and events. The State Library of Victoria has its own YouTube channel that it has been using fairly regularly for about three years. It is interesting to see how leaders in the online world, such as SLVIC, … Continue reading

A dose of @TroveAustralia love

Have you used Trove? The idea is simple. Digitize Australia’s newspapers, layer OCR and allow searching, tagging and correcting. It is genius really. You can’t imagine what I can find there that I would never have found in the bad old days of mircofilm. In fact I once had a job with a scope of … Continue reading

Detroit’s Destruction

These images defy understanding. I can’t quite wrap my head around the way these buildings have been left just as they were used, not packed up or dismantled or torn down. Do they have so little value for the community? Or is the community so beyond the niceties of popular, contemporary, Western understandings of what is important … Continue reading