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.
Melbourne’s 2013 Museums and Collections Award recipient announced
Congratulations to Master of Cultural Materials Conservation student Emily Keppel who has recently been selected from a strong field of applicants as the Melbourne recipient of the 2013 Museums and Collections Award. Emily will be travelling to the University of Birmingham early next year, where she will take part in a month long placement working with their museums and collections. Emily's blog on her Birmingham adventure will be accessible through the cultural collections website in January.
Museums and Collections Award blog
Chloë Lund, this year’s Museums and Collections Award recipient from the University of Birmingham, has written a blog based on her time spent working with the cultural collections of the University of Melbourne. Her broad range of projects have included exhibition research, cataloguing, preventative conservation, interpretation and public programs.
To read Chloë's blog, visit http://melbbirm-exchange2013.blogspot.com.au/
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.
The Cultural Collections Projects Program has returned for 2013, offering over 40 unique opportunities for students, alumni and volunteers to engage with the cultural collections managed by the University.
Further details, individual position guides, and an expression of interest form can be found on the Projects List 2013 page.
Issue 13, 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.