Asian arts and scripts: Rare and special items from the Asian collections of Melbourne and Monash University Libraries
Ground & third floor, Baillieu Library, 10 February to 28 March 2014
Asian Libraries in Melbourne (ALIM) is a collaborative venture between Monash University and the University of Melbourne libraries. By sharing resources and expertise, ALIM provides an enhanced service to researchers and students. This exhibition showcases the combined collections of these two Asian Libraries under the broad theme of Asian arts and scripts. Highlights of the Ground floor display will include, from Monash, items in Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Korean, focussing on textiles, visual arts, the art of Tibetan Buddhism and rare colonial-era Indonesian books. From Melbourne a selection of Chinese New Year prints will be on display along with a number of rare Japanese woodblock printed books. The third floor display will concentrate on Asian scripts with examples of Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Indonesian and Chinese books
Medical History Museum, 2 September 2013 - 4 April 2014
Women were admitted to Melbourne Medical School in 1887, 25 years after the course had commenced but 21 years before women were entitled to vote in Victoria. These first seven female medical students were tenacious, resilient, and visionary; challenging the social values of their day and making major contributions to public health in Victoria. Led by Constance Stone the first woman to register as a doctor in Victoria in 1890 (she had undertaken her medical education in Canada) they went on to establish the Queen Victoria Hospital in 1896. The first hospital established in Australia for the care of women that was managed and staffed by women and one of three internationally. These attributes have been the qualities of many women in medicine over the last 125 years as they have contributed to all aspects of medical practice and research. Women now comprise over 50% of medical graduates. This exhibition celebrates their achievements from 1887 to now.
Grainger Museum, near Gate 13, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne from 27 March 2013
When the Museum opened on 13 December 1938, it contained an intensely personal and largely unedited collection reflective of Grainger's interests across time, place, disciplines, cultures and musical styles. Several years later, Grainger encapsulated his collecting tastes and principles in an observation that 'Most museums, most cultural endeavours, suffer from being subjected to TOO MUCH TASTE... TOO MUCH SELECTION, TOO MUCH SPECIALISATION! What we want ... is ALL-SIDEDNESS, side-lights, cross-references.' The Grainger collection has continued to grow in ways consistent with its founder's legacy and, 75 years on, it is this 'all-sidedness' that is celebrated here in an eclectic selection of objects, each of which has a story to tell.