Lectures | Revealing the Collections of Melbourne University

Revealing the Collections

This program of lectures will showcase some of the rich but little known collections of art and visual culture held at the University of Melbourne. In addition to one of the largest art collections in Victoria, the University houses collections in such diverse areas as classics and archaeology, international Indigenous cultural material, decorative arts, 20th century poster designs, decorative arts, public sculpture and artists’ archives. Come and listen to a series of lectures by art historians, educators and students, who give their insights into the history and significance of their favourite collections.This program of lectures is hosted by the Art History Program in the School of Culture and Communication.

Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre A, Melbourne University, Parkville.

Date: Sunday 29 July 2012, 10.30am–12.00noon; 2.00pm–4.00pm

Free Event. All Welcome. No Bookings required.


10.30am–10.35am Welcome – Speaker: Assoc Prof Alison Inglis, Course Co-ordinator MA Art Curatorship, Art History Program

10.35am–11.00am ‘An Introduction to the Grainger Museum’ – Speaker: Suzanne Bravery, Manager, The Grainger Museum

11.00am–11.30am ‘An introduction to the collections of the Ian Potter Museum of Art’ – Speaker: Assoc Prof Alison Inglis, Course Co-ordinator MA Art Curatorship, Art History Program

11.30am–12.00pm ‘The History of Wilson Hall represented in the University’s Cultural Collections’ – Emily Wubben, student in the Master of Art Curatorship program and intern in the University’s Cultural Collections


2.00pm–2.30pm ‘The University’s collections of Australian Indigenous art and visual culture’ – Speaker: Dr Susan Lowish, Lecturer in Australian Art, Art History program

2.30pm–3.00pm ‘Teaching and Learning with the Classics and Archaeology Collection’ – Speaker: Amanda Burritt, Former Curator of Academic Programs, Ian Potter Museum of Art and now Lecturer, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

3.00pm–3.30 pm ‘Learning from the University’s Print Collection: the “Printed Humanity” exhibition proposal’ –  Speaker: Kim Clayton-Greene, Masters student, Art History program and intern in the Baillieu Library Print Room

3.30pm– 4.00pm Final questions and remarks

This lecture program is part of the biennial University of Melbourne Cultural Treasures Festival. There will be a range of free exhibitions, thematic walks, talks and seminars, demonstrations and displays, and guided tours over the weekend of the 28 – 29th July that will showcase the University’s rich array of museums and collections. Included amongst the many walks through the historic University campus will be programs focusing on botanical, medical, musical and scientific collections, architecture, and ‘Cultural Rubble’, a guided tour of some of the University’s outdoor sculpture. In addition staff and researchers in the cultural area will be running seminars and presentations.

The Cultural Treasures Festival is a free two-day event and will take place over the weekend of 28 and 29 July, 2012. On the same weekend there are two other major events being held on campus: the 39th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair which will be held in the University’s splendid Wilson Hall, and the Melbourne Open House program which involves numerous buildings of architectural interest on campus, as well as some of the University colleges.

For any queries regarding the Cultural Treasures Festival, please email cultural-collections@unimelb.edu.au or call (03) 8344 0216 or see the website http://www.unimelb.edu.au/culturalcollections/treasuresdays/. A copy of the festival brochure is also available for download (pdf).