What's on for history in Sydney

Join historians Tamson Pietsch and Anna Clark from the Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney to find out what’s going on in Sydney’s cultural scene. Each week they speak to the people in the know from the 'GLAM' sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). To get in touch with the GLAMcity team - you can email us at Executive Producer Season Two: Jason L'Ecuyer Executive Producer Season One: Emma Lancaster

Do you remember 2001? The year we started watching a group of twenty-somethings in The Secret Life of Us. The year Ansett released it’s infamous advertisement- Am I with Ansett? Absolutely- only to collapse months later along with One.Tel, HIH and Enron.

It was the year of the 2001 Census and the year that Francesca Higgens, a Librarian, became the first woman to be awarded a year of paid maternity leave.

It was also the year that a Norwegian fishing boat called the MV Tampa intercepted a wooden fishing vessel packed with asylum seekers.

Most people can tell you where they were on September 11 when the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon occurred.

Tamson and Anna speak to Phillipa McGuinness whose book, The Year Everything Changed 2001, chronicles her personal history along with the events of that year.

Then we move to a small rooftop garden- it's not really a secret, the Waraburra Nura Indigenous garden is open to the public and was created as part of UTS Arts aim to integrate creativity within all aspects of campus life.

The garden was created by botanist and D'harawal senior, Aunty Fran Bodkin.

Tamson and Anna spoke to Stella McDonald about UTS Art and Aaron Seymour from UTS Design about the exhibitions and creative work at the University.

If you have a GLAM idea for something that should be on the show- get in

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In this episode of GLAMcity, we return to heritage sites, revisiting Melbourne's Labour history and the site of the Australia's worst industrial accident, the 1970 West Gate Bridge collapse with Historians Elizabeth Humphrys and Sarah Gregson.

We then investigate what happens to the remnants of industry once the chimneys stop burning and the mines are closed.

Industrial heritage sites are increasingly re-purposed as cultural institutions and in this episode, Tamson and Anna discuss how industrial heritage sites have been re-purposed in Sydney and in the Ruhr region of Germany. They speak to Laila Ellmoos, an Historian with the City of Sydney and Historian, Stefan Berger, from The Ruhr-University Bochum.

For more information on the industrial heritage sites discussed, check out these case studies:


Eveleigh Carriage Workshop

Paddington Reservoir Garden

Ruhr, Germany:

Zollverein Mining Complex

Gasometer Oberhausen

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Arielle Gamble, curator of All We Can’t See, a collection of work based on the infamous leaked documents known as the Nauru Files joined Tamson and Anna on GLAMcity.

Thirty- three Australian artists illustrated one file each for the collection. The artists include Abdul Abdullah, Belinda Fox, Ben Quilty and Luke Sciberras.

The illustrated files can be seen on the All We Can't See website.

The leaked documents can be seen in the original state on the Guardian’s website - Caution to viewers, the contents of the files can be distressing.

The second part of this GLAM episode revisits a discussion between Anna and collector, curator and creator Dr. Gene Sherman about the launch of the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI).

This episode of GLAMcity includes discussion of violence, self-harm and sexual assault.

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Australia's first investigative history podcast, HistoryLab is returning for a second season.

The podcast takes you into archives and documents the making of history from the discovery of first person accounts, the evaluation of sources and the unfurling of narrative.

In season two, HistoryLab is delving into broad subjects, Australia's first bank deposit, the sex industry, the dying craft of industrial pattern making and the creation of nation.

On this final episode of GLAMcity, we get a first listen to some of the characters you'll hear in HistoryLab’s second season. We go behind the scenes with Executive Producer Tom Allinson and Producer Jason L'ecuyer with our GLAM presenters, Tamson Pietsch and Anna Clark.

Season two of HistoryLab is launching November 28

GLAMcity will be back in early 2019 with fresh voices and new stories from the GLAM sector.

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Steven Miller is the Head of the National Art Archive and Capon Research Library at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, so how did he come to be known as The Grim Reaper of art archives?

Part of Steve's role is to contact artists and request that they leave their archives- their sketchbooks, letters, journals and photos to the Art Gallery which he says has led to the moniker as, "if I have a visit, artists normally think oh my god, he must think I'm about to die."

Steve is passionate about his work for the Gallery, he fell into archiving after taking a summer job at the Gallery and is the longest serving employee. He's worked on digitising the Art Gallery's collections which has had a surprising outcome. He told GLAMcity hosts, Tamson Pietsch and Chelsea Barnett that a popular digital exhibition commemorating World War One became a physical exhibition after many viewers requested to see the objects offline.

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