The University of Melbourne owns 29 Cultural Collections. The origins of some lie in the earliest years of the University's establishment in the 1850s, while regular new acquisitions keep the collections dynamic and relevant.
The Cultural Collections embody the history of many of the academic disciplines taught at the University of Melbourne, including law, classics, history, languages, medicine, dentistry, botany, zoology, physics, fine arts, music and engineering. Object types include rare books and manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, archives, photographs, medical and dental implements, scientific apparatus, musical instruments, mineral, plant and animal specimens, and ethnographic and archaeological artefacts.
The University encourages the use of the collections by students, staff and the wider community, whether for research, teaching, conversation or enjoyment.
The University’s 29 cultural collections benefit from the support of alumni, students, staff, philanthropic trusts, corporate sponsors, friends groups and many interested individuals. More information on how you can contribute.
2014 Museums and Collections Award recipient announced
Congratulations to Master of Cultural Materials Conservation student Amy Walsh, who was recently selected from a highly qualified field of applicants as the Melbourne recipient of the 2014 Museums and Collections Award. Amy will be off to the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom early next year, on a month long placement working with museums and collections. Amy's blog of her Birmingham adventure will be accessible through the Cultural Collections website from mid January.
Cultural Collections Projects Program 2014
The Cultural Collections Projects Program has returned for 2014, offering many unique opportunities for students, alumni and volunteers to engage with the cultural collections managed by the University. The collection management projects are varied and include research, cataloguing, preventative conservation, significance assessment, interpretation and display. Further details, individual position guides, and an expression of interest form can be found on the 2014 Projects List page.
Cultural Collections e-news is a new monthly newsletter featuring news, forthcoming events and current exhibitions relevant to the University of Melbourne's Cultural Collections.
Issue 14, the new edition of University of Melbourne Collections, has been published and is now available.
A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education
Helen Arnoldi, Cultural Collections Projects Coordinator, has written a chapter which looks at the interaction of students and volunteers with the University collections in an international publication recently published by MuseumsEtc, A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education. Helen's chapter is titled A Mutually Beneficial Exchange: The University of Melbourne's Cultural Collections Projects Program. The book is available for purchase online here.
The University's Cultural Policy sets out the guiding principles which assist the University to configure its cultural resources, including its Cultural Collections, to best serve the whole community.