If you were born and/or raised in Australia during the last 50 years, you are probably very familiar with Play School. Personally, it played a huge role in my childhood, teaching me shapes, colours, songs, etc. I really wanted to see this exhibition when it was at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra last year. Unfortunately, I never had the chance. Luckily, it came to a gallery near me! (more…)
There was so much we did in Boston that I didn’t get the chance to blog about. From now on, there will be a new post every second day. This is to avoid the release of four blog posts in one day!
I promised a while ago I would write on the Black Heritage Trail. After leaving the Freedom Trail Tour at Faneuil Hall, I made my way to the Abiel Smith School on Joy Street. Built between 1834 and 1835, the building held the African School of Boston. This wasn’t the schools first location. As early as 1787, there were petitions against the inequality of the education system. Two years later a school was established in the home of Primus Hall. In 1808 it was moved to the African Meeting House. Eventually the school was built with the funds left by a businessman named Abiel Smith. The conditions of the school weren’t great and the education received by students was no where near the same quality as white students in public schools. The public school system in Massachusetts was the last to be de-segregated following Brown vs. Board of Education. (more…)
Today was the final day for the International Symposium on the History of Anaesthesia here in Boston. Luckily, the program for this year contained a few talks on museums from around the world. We heard from Directors, Curators and Honoray Curators who were representing museums in Wales, Germany, America and Australia to name a few. I am going to summarise and comment on three of my favourite talks from the conference. These were all relating to museums (no surprise) and really highlighted the passion that can be found in this industry. They will be discussed in order of when they were presented. (more…)
Before I begin this blog post I must be entirely honest. When we visited Samford Village today, located 30 mins outside Brisbane, we were visiting for one reason – the Harry Potter Store of Requirements. It was literally a magical place.
After purchasing everything Hufflepuff we could find, we decided to walk around the Village. There was this one building that had a sign out the front with an old photograph, some information, and a number. Intrigued, I walked across to the information centre in John Scott park to find out more. Here I was given a Samford Village Heritage Trail brochure. It is a very detailed brochure containing thirteen places of interest and a museum. (more…)
In October 2016, I attended the ICOMOS & National Trusts of Australia Conference in Melbourne. One of the many talks that really hit a nerve was on the topic of heritage and significance statements. The speaker was trying to push the point that a building is never frozen in time. Rather, it changes, it adapts, and it gains new significance. When I moved to Gladstone I found the brochure (pictured above) and was intrigued as to this heritage walking tour of the city centre. After walking Goondoon Street this morning and seeing all the buildings and their decals on the footpath, I believe this tour is achieving that balance between exploring a building’s past, yet cementing it in the present. (more…)