Friday, 10 August 2012

Second week at work


'Aussie' magazine

Hot chocolate and then a trip to the IMAX to see Batman



I really enjoyed my second week at the Museum. I was able to get a lot of my research into the magazines done. I found a couple of references to aboriginal people and diversity for example one interesting image, which was of much interest to my supervisors, of Australia with black trickling down from the north dividing up the country; the caption read "The future of Australia if the Black Australians get their way". I also found some cartoons relating to attitudes to authority which depicts a role reversal between the digger’s and the authorities. One caption reads “What’s going on here?”, “Oh, they’re C.O’s who used to keep diggers unnecessarily standing to attention on parade for long periods. They’re undergoing their punishment of having to stand at attention until next eternity.” I also learnt a couple of Aussie phrases such as; Blighty – Home, Furphy – Rumour and Digger – Solider/friend. I also noticed that at the back of some of the early editions there was contempt of authority through humour and irony – fake advertisements towards something that the diggers felt strongly about. For example an advert for a free discharge from the war and an advert for ‘Bluffem Shock Absorbers’ the caption reads ‘Why suffer from shell-shock when a bluffem shock absorber will enable you to withstand the full force of any shell entirely unaffected’. I also heard about another magazine called ‘The Astra magazine’ which was put out in the Broadmeadows training camp in Melbourne around 1916 by the third division. This could prove an interesting comparison to the ‘Aussie’ magazine.

This week I also attended the acquisitions subcommittee meeting. They looked over recent proposals for acquisitions, looking at any drawbacks or gaps in Emu, they then agreed on accepting proposals. The second half of the meeting, the individual who had organised the acquisition came in to answer any questions on it and they considered if any items need conservation. I attended another meeting that day which was the WW1 concept meeting. Focus groups had been held on the topics of War, WW1 and the Museum’s proposal for the centenary of WW1. The chair reported back what had been found. It was really interesting finding out different people’s opinions on war and finding out what effects it had on different age groups. Many said that in an exhibition they want the truth and personal accounts. They want to come away having been affected by what they had seen. There was a lot of positive feedback for the Museum’s proposal which was very encouraging and we spent the rest of the meeting reflecting on that feedback and brainstorming ideas for the exhibition.

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