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What stories can media archives and artefacts tell us, and how can we make use of them? The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences are hosting a symposium in which historians, producers and curators discuss alternative histories of the press, photography, music, advertising and television.

The symposium will introduce attendees to some surprising and unique collections and resources and reveal the hidden histories of ordinary objects such as the VCR and the Walkman. Presenters will reflect on how their projects address gaps in the record and explore the ways that items such as diaries and personal papers can make connections between the private and the public. Attendees will hear about the questions that these media histories pose for examinations of the past in the digital world, and get a chance to discuss their own media and history projects.

The Centre for Media History at Macquarie University will cover the ticket cost for up to 15 places for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students. If you are interested, please email the co-convenor Justine Lloyd, on

The Professional Historians’ Association of NSW & the ACT will also cover the ticket costs for 5 HDR students in the History field. Please email the Secretary, Birgit Heilman,

When: Monday 20 February 2017, 1:30-5:30pm
Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007
Cost: General $45 MAAS Member/Conc/Student $18
Contact: 02 9217 0111 or

For more information on the symposium format and guest speakers, click here.

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