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The Quirky, the Artful, and the Unexpected: Historic Photographs of Life in Australia

Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 13:59

MUSEUM VICTORIA - Dr Elycia J Wallis, Manager of Online Collections, presents a few fascinating glimpses of late-19th- and early-20th-century Australia, and the photographers who documented its inhabitants.


From India to the Planet Mars (1900)

Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 13:57

A book detailing the seances of Hélène Smith including claimed contact with people living on Mars, involving the writing down of their language, as well as sketches of the Martian landscape she witnessed in visons.


Cyanotypes of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1843)

Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 13:54

Cyanotypes of British algae by Anna Atkins (1799-1871), an English botanist and female photographer most noted for using photography in her books on various plants.


The Science of Life and Death in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Wednesday 25 November 2015 at 17:08

Professor Sharon Ruston surveys the scientific background to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, considering contemporary investigations into resuscitation, galvanism, and the possibility of states between life and death.


Portraits of Imprisoned Modoc Warriors (1873)

Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 17:49

Photographs of captured Modoc warriors taken by Louis Herman Heller (1839-1929) during and after the The Modoc War.


How to use the Dial Telephone (1927)

Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 18:56

A film by the American Telephone and Telegraph company, showing through both animation and live action how to use the rotary dial of the telephone.


Colour Wheels, Charts, and Tables Through History

Tuesday 17 November 2015 at 17:56

A chronology of various attempts through the last four centuries to visually organise and make sense of colour: from simple wheels to multi-layered pyramids, from scientific systems to those based on the hues of human emotion.


Cossack Fairy Tales (1916)

Thursday 12 November 2015 at 17:09

Fairy tales and folk tales originally published in 1894 and translated from a dialect spoken in the area known to us today as western Ukraine.


The Price of Suffering: William Pynchon and The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption

Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 16:55

William Pynchon, earliest colonial ancestor of the novelist Thomas Pynchon, was a key figure in the early settlement of New England. He also wrote a book which became, at the hands of the Puritans it riled against, one of the first to be banned and burned on American soil. Daniel Crown explores.


The Telephonoscope (1879)

Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 18:13

Device imagined in a Punch cartoon from 1879, predicting the advent of video chat more than 100 years before Skype.