On the Trail of the Shakers in New England

May 15th, 2019 | Dr Matthew Laing

Down the lonely country roads of rural New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Maine are the quaint remnants of a simpler past immortalised in American imagery for generations. Gambrel roofed red barns, simple white-steepled churches, white picket fences, and classically unornamented colonial houses. Though few realise it today, much of this iconic...

Preview: The 2019 Venice Biennale

May 3rd, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

The Biennale is monumental - this year 90 countries from around the world will be exhibiting along with 21 official collateral exhibitions, which are staged by public or not-for-profit galleries. On top of this, private art foundations will be displaying their wares around the city, bringing the total number of...

Gardens – A Personal Passion

Apr 5th, 2019 | Michael Turner

I grew up in England surrounded by beautiful gardens and landscapes. Memories of the smell of honeysuckle on a warm summer’s morning wafting in through the kitchen window of my grand-parents 16th century farmhouse in the Lake District still moves me viscerally, as does the smell of mown hay in the...

Interview with Dr Estelle Lazer on her latest research in Pompeii

Apr 3rd, 2019 | Dr Estelle Lazer

Casting aspersions: Modern medical technology meets classical archaeology Some three decades ago, Australian archaeologist Dr Estelle Lazer gained international attention by taking a rigorous, scientific approach to the human remains at Pompeii. More than any other aspect of the site, the skeletons of victims of the AD79 eruption of Mount...

Yarra Valley to Bendigo – in photos

Apr 3rd, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

Do you remember that ad that Victorian Tourism used to run before every film at independent cinemas? “You’ll love every piece of Victoria” was a marketing campaign that spoke to something observable about Victoria. It is a relatively small state, with diverse landscapes packed in between relatively short driving distances,...

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