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Alpine School interviews at Alps Bioscan

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by Priscilla
Publish date
7 January 2014
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Priscilla is a Program Coordinator for Life Sciences and works on education programs at Melbourne Museum.

In 1914 and 1915, scientists and field naturalists explored the Alpine region of Victoria. Nearly one hundred years later, we sent our museum's ornithologists, herpetologists, mammalogists, entomologists, palaeontologists, and others out into the field to explore, discover, and record the wildlife – alive and fossilised. This recent expedition in November last year, called the Alpine Bioscan, was a collaboration between Museum Victoria and Parks Victoria to perform a major wildlife census in the eastern region of Victoria’s Alpine National Park, with 100 experts taking part.

black and white photo of men on horses Men and horses during the survey of the Alpine area in 1914 and 1915.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

People with malasie trap Today’s scientists: Mel Mackenzie, MV’s Marine Invertebrate Collection Manager, and Parks Victoria staff inspecting a Malaise trap in the Alps. Malaise traps catch flying insects.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

We’ll never know exactly the thoughts and experiences of those early researchers in the black and white photographs – but to ensure that doesn’t happen again, we invited eight students from the Alpine School to become Bioscan Ambassadors. Their role was to interview our scientists, record it and share it. The response from the students was overwhelming; all 45 students in the school wanted to participate. The lucky eight had their names pulled from a hat.

So, on the afternoon of November 28th, I went with MV historian Rebecca Carland to the Alpine School to work with the students and their teacher Nicola. The students learned from Bec how to interview a scientist, what makes a good question, and how to plan and record an oral history to make an interview clip. When they learned that their clips may become a permanent part of the museum’s collection, two students nearly cried with happiness.

eight students at table The eight Bioscan Ambassadors, workshopping their ideas for interviewing the scientists.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

On day two of the project, the students and the scientists met at Omeo Memorial Hall. The students' training put them in good stead for the realities of filming in the field – dealing with difficulties like not being able to film outside due to the rain, bad acoustics, and even unflattering lighting. But, like pros – they pushed on, filming and questioning scientists through the challenges.

Four people around a computer Students editing their clip with assistance from Bec Carland, MV historian and Roger Fenwick, Manager Regional Operations, Parks Victoria.
Image: Heath Warwick
Source: Museum Victoria
 

The result was four great video interviews of Museum Victoria scientists which are now on the Making History channel on Vimeo. In another century, when people look back at the photographs of today’s scientists in the field and wonder who these people were, the students’ films will show them.

This project was supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Strategic Partnership Program.

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Interview with Mel Mackenzie

Interview with Mark Norman

Interview with Rolf Schmidt

Interview with Ken Walker

Top Designs 2012

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by Lauren
Publish date
13 June 2012
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Lauren coordinates the Top Designs program at Melbourne Museum.

As Top Designs 2012 enters its final weeks at Melbourne Museum, I'd like to share some of the highlights of this year's exhibition and programs. We say it every single year, but if it's possible, it really did seem like the best Top Designs yet. I was so impressed by everything on display, it is astonishing to think that teenage designers created these beautiful pieces while balancing the many pressures of VCE.

Woman in red cape Red Riding Hood inspired garment designed and constructed by Stephanie Wake.
Source: VCAA
 

I love Stephanie Wake's hand-felted Red Riding Hood cape (so stylish it made the front cover of mX), George Meek's copper, steel and resin chess pieces are beautifully crafted, and Kyle Hui's architectural model and Berlin stamp set are absolutely stunning.

chess set by George Meek George Meek’s Architecture Themed Chess Set, created for Design and Technology.
Source: VCAA
 

architectural model by Kyle Hui Kyle Hui’s architectural model for Visual Communication and Design Unit 4
Source: VCAA
 

As always, the exhibition was accompanied by an education program for secondary students currently or soon to be studying VCE design. The thousands of Victorian students who attended the forums received advice and information about their studies, as well as inspiring presentations by innovative Melbourne designers sharing their experiences of professional practice. I loved sitting in and listening to the presentations – it was fascinating to hear how engineers tested the foundations of the proposed Nakheel Tower in Dubai, how a film director worked with the Aboriginal community of Fitzroy Crossing to make a beautiful film that screened in festivals from New York to Prague, or how you design and apply a 70 metre long sticker to the side of a Boeing 747! Now that the education program is all wrapped up for 2012, we will continue to share tips, insights and information with our Top Designs community via our Facebook fanpage.

Filmmaker Dominic Allen behind the camera Filmmaker Dominic Allen spoke to Media – Film students in our education forums.
Source: Clint Peloso
 

This year I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to make a short film about Top Designs with Robert Zugaro, an RMIT film student interning with the museum. It was so inspiring and entertaining to interview students selected for Top Designs 2012, who really are such clever, creative and charming young people. I also spoke with a couple of superstar Top Designs alumni, Chris Murphy and Genevieve Kulesza, about their experiences in the design industry beyond VCE. Robert has done a wonderful job creating the film, and I'm very excited to think of all the aspiring Top Designers who will watch it and start working towards work to submit for Top Designs 2013.

 

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Meet Me at the Museum episode 2

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by Dr Andi
Publish date
12 December 2011
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Here is episode two of 'Meet Me at the Museum', a video series about our collection.

We marvel at how particular specimens made it into our collection.

Let us know what you think in the comments section. And be sure to see our previous episodes if you haven't already.

 

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Meet Me at the Museum

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by Dr Andi
Publish date
18 November 2011
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Do you have about five minutes? Great! Come and “Meet Me at the Museum”. It’s a new online video series about items from the Museum Victoria collection.

Objects and specimens always have a few fascinating people moments. We glimpse at those moments and marvel at the objects.

Here's episode one.

 

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Married to the Job vodcast

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by Dr Andi
Publish date
6 September 2011
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This episode of Married to the Job features Nick Crotty, Collection Manager, History & Technology, at Museum Victoria. He is based at Scienceworks.

In the spirit of tradition, we ask Nick to tell us about himself and his work by showing us something old, new, borrowed and blue.

 

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Married to the Job vodcast

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by Dr Andi
Publish date
10 June 2011
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This episode of Married to the Job features Sarah Edwards, Discovery Program Manager for Museum Victoria.

In the spirit of tradition, we ask Sarah to tell us about herself and her work by showing us something old, new, borrowed and blue.

 


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Discovery Programs

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