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Tips for creating engaging museum interactives

This post comes on the tail end of designing and developing two touch screen interactives for History SA; one promoting the South Australian Maritime Museum’s new Living in Port app and one for the Migration Museum’s new Freedom exhibit. Since I’ve been living in the world of touchscreens I thought...

Let’s Talk About Hacking…

Museum professionals are always searching for new ideas and ways to push the boundaries of their work and be innovative. It is then the job of the savvy professional to work out how to balance the tensions between traditional museum practice and exploring new ways of connecting with audiences. I...

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Motor Museum Memories

My brainwave for the opening of the Holden Pavilion of Australian Motoring was fine – as long as nothing went wrong. I had been Director of the National Motor Museum for just eighteen months and was about to benefit from a decade of lobbying by my predecessor, John Cashen, for...

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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...