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

On this episode of Glam City, Anna and Chelsea speak with City of Sydney Councillor Jess Scully and Curator Margaret Betteridge about public art, Sydney Town Hall and the city’s civic collection.

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  1. You can find more information on Jess Scully’s work with City of Sydney on her website or via City of Sydney
  2. The Eora Journey is a visionary project that celebrates the living culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Sydney.
  3. Interested in more information the City of Sydney’s Cultural Policy and Action Plan?
  4. Peak into the City of Sydney Civic Collection that Margaret manages.
  5. Margaret’s book, Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects is available through Trove.
  6. Are you an artist interested in Sydney? Check out the City of Sydney Public Art Strategy.

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Music: Joan Sutherland- Coloratura Gallore, Teddy Bergström, Jack Elphick and Epidemic Sound

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On this episode of GLAMcity, Anna and Chelsea dive into a curious archive at the Australian Museum. In the late 19th century, the museum started to experiment with a strange new technology to capture nature. Zoologist and explorer, Gerard Krefft began taking photographs of animal specimens for the museum’s collection.

Vanessa Finney, Manager, Archives, Rare books & Library Collections at the Australian Museum, joins us to talk about the collection, exhibition and book!

Capturing Nature is on at the Australian Museum. For more information visit their website:

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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.

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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:

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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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