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The importance of the broad historical context in understanding heritage places

 

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I think its fair to say that when visiting an historic house, such as Experiment Farm Cottage we could have confidence that its conservation had been undertaken to the standards set by ICOMOS, the International Council of Monuments and Sites.

I believe the general public assume the interpretation of historic places and the stories told of them by their trustees are based on sound research undertaken by specialists from a...

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Romani In Australia: Invisible and Marginalised ‘Others’ In Australian History



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The word ‘Romani’ or ‘Rom’ comes from the Sanskrit ‘domb’a, meaning ‘a man from a...group who were musicians’. The word ‘Gypsy’ comes from the mistaken belief among many European peoples that the Romany originated in Egypt

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At an ISSA event in May 2014 Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter AM, in speaking to his paper - 'Inclusion in a neo-liberal society in the context of marginalised groups such as people with...

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The Story, History or Concept behind a Book

  This paper was presented by Leonie Star on 21 May 2014 at an ‘Open Forum’ event organised by the NSW Chapter of ISAA.

 What lies behind a book? This topic will be examined through a relatively limited prism, omitting fiction and that majority of substantial and essential works written by academics to further knowledge in specific areas. So I am left with those intriguing publications that...

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Adventures with Iambic Pentameters

Having formerly been a television documentary producer I am used to taking my brain into new territory. The diversity of ISAA’s membership allows me to continue doing this. Motivated in this way I have attended many ‘works-in-progress’ – which can be about anything. (I still remember one from many years ago on Fibonacci numbers.)

The most recent was Beverley Sherry’s ‘Lost and Regained through...

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Novel Conversations

An exchange of emails took place between ISAA member Susan Steggall and award-winning author of fiction for young adults, Felicity Pulman,* in December 2013 on the highs and lows of writing historical fiction.

FP: Diane Armstrong once commented that in her experience, if you commit to writing a novel, the universe conspires to help you so that the reference you need is at hand in the library...

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The Hotham Street Ladies Serve One Up to Picasso, with a Nod to Judy Chicago

 On a visit to Melbourne in December 2013, I gravitated to Federation Square attracted as much by the vibrant people-filled forecourt as the grandeur of its architecture and sense of civic space. An added attraction was the exhibition Melbourne Now that had opened at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia on 22 November: a vast sprawling exhibition showcasing contemporary Melbourne art, craft and design. I was in town...

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