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John Burns, Barbary Lion & Hands on History in Museums

  • Legacy Function Room 159 Macquarie Street Hobart, TAS, 7000 Australia (map)

Lions and Tigers.

Belinda Bauer will present the biographies of two zoological specimens in the TMAG collection where research has uncovered some surprising stories.
Taxidermy made for display is often considered less significant in museum research collections. This is because much of it becomes disassociated with key data and through the rigours of public display - ends up in poor physical condition.
However by tracing a specimen's biography and museum afterlife - much can be revealed about the development of natural history collections and changing attitudes towards animals.
Hear the story of John Burns the lion and a decrepit Bengal tiger.
Belinda is the Vertebrate Zoology Collection Manager at TMAG.  
She has worked in many museum roles over the last 17 years, at the Queensland Museum and the Natural History Museum of Ireland and TMAG.
She has moonlighted as an archaeologist and has a Masters in Museum Studies.

A decade of delivering history in Museums. 

How do you get 8 yr olds to understand what life was like in the 1820s? How do children of the digital age connect with the silent movie era? How can history help to rehabilitate prisoners?  John will share some of the programs, approaches and experiences at the coal face of connecting historical research and narrative with the public. When does it work and when does it fall short and what might it look like in future?

John Retallick develops and delivers history related education and public programs at TMAG. After 4 years in the community development sector working in PNG and the UK John found himself working at Museum Victoria in 2005 and now more than a decade later thinks the museum sector might just be for him. He also thinks he may have been the last person to have been picked up from school in a horse and buggy. 


Earlier Event: March 13
The Communist Party of Tasmania