Thinking Critically

State History Collection, HT 85.2564, Australia Day Badge

Australia Day – a history

Australia Day has been the centre of political debate in recent years with arguments for changing the date and calls to rename 26 January Invasion Day or Survival Day and cases for maintaining the status quo on the other. The first argument puts the case that choosing 26 January to celebrate ignores...

Work at Port Adelaide wharf c1930, South Australian Maritime Museum Photographic Collection

Class, grit and touch screens

Often overlooked and unnamed class exists in Australia. It is present in the homes we buy, the cars we drive, the schools we attend, the type of employment we have, and what we know about culture, high, popular or otherwise. Usually it doesn’t seem that important, maybe because we surround...

Image: three badges in pink and white text, one with black and white photo.

Queering The GLAM Sector

After attending Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference, right here in Adelaide, last year I have since been thinking about how the GLAM sector (Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums) works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex & Queer (LGBTIQ) communities in Australia. The Museums Association in the United Kingdom has a strong...

Image: child's hand reaching towards large pumpkins

No Halloween please, we’re Australian!

Thinking on the wider issue of new culture and celebrations and my colleagues at History SA and their connection to communities and the cultural celebrations of those communities, led me to reflecting on Halloween once again. Are festivals such as Halloween part of our business in museums? Are they simply...