Talking History presents: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums

Talking History and Museums Galleries Australia SA Presents: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums

Join us for a special Talking History session. To celebrate International Museums Day, a panel of guests from four very different Adelaide museums will share with you some of their most intriguing objects. See below for more details on panel members.

Entry is Free, book online here. 

Parking is available at the Torrens Parade Ground.

Nic Brown is Collections Manager at the Flinders University Art Museum. Over the past 50 years, Flinders University has collected original works of art with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, Post-object and Documentation art, Australian political posters, and European prints. Smaller collections include paintings and works on paper by non-Indigenous Australian artists; indigenous collections from Papua New Guinea, North America and Africa; and a body of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. Flinders University Art Museum houses over 8000 pieces, making it one of the largest University art collections nationwide and is a rich tapestry of artistic and cultural history.

Tony Kanellos is Cultural Collections Manager at the Botanic Gardens and Curator of the Santos Museum of Economic Botany. He is responsible for the museum and its exhibition program along with the library, archives and art collection. Since joining the Botanic Gardens in 2004, Tony has been involved in the restoration and refurbishment of the Museum of Economic Botany, the publication of its story and its collection and the revival of the exhibition program. Tony has curated and presented 16 exhibitions in the Museum of Economic Botany and recently edited and published two books on the Museum and Garden’s collections – Imitation of Life and Out of the Past – both books went on to win ‘best book’ at the Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) awards (2014 and 2015). He was also the coordinator of the effort that saw the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, become the first institution outside of the United States to gain accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

Major Christopher Roe is Manager of the Army Museum of South Australia at Keswick Barracks, Adelaide. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in December 1987 and has served in Australian Army roles for most of the following years. This included some fifteen years as a Regular Army infantry officer with a variety of postings around the country, research and analysis roles with the Defence, Science and Technology Group. He has been at the Army Museum since February 2014, and this has enabled him to match a passion for military history with his regular employment, one of all those all too rare but very valuable confluences where work and interest match closely. Public speaking is an important function of the Museum, and Major Roe speaks regularly to a variety of audiences around Adelaide on the Museum itself, and on other related military history topics.

Helen Trepa is the Collection Coordinator of the Performing Arts Collection at the Adelaide Festival Centre and works with the collections of South Australia’s great performers and theatres. Previously she was the curator of 20th Century Immigration at the Australian National Maritime Museum and Registrar at Rouse Hill House, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales.