GLAMcity

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 glamcity@2ser.com Executive Producer Season Two: Jason L'Ecuyer Executive Producer Season One: Emma Lancaster

How can broadcast and visual media open up new ways of understanding historical narratives?


On this episode of GLAMcity, Anna discusses the intersection between history and storytelling with Tom Murray, Senior lecturer in media at Macquarie University.


Tom’s work has taken him from remote northeast Arnham Land to tell the story of Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, to northeast England to tell the story of the Lampton Worm. Originally trained as a geographer, Tom is an historian interested in how meaning is made through narrative structure and storytelling.


Read | Listen | Watch

  • You can listen to Dhakiyarr v. the King here
  • Listen to Tom’s two part series on the ABC’s The History Listen
  • My Quest to find the genesis of the Lambton Worm… (ABC)
  • You can watch Tom’s episode of The Skin of Others here or listen to his piece on RN’s Earshot


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Why do universities need art galleries?


UTS Art aims to integrate creative practice into daily life on campus in the belief that scholarship can extend art practice and conversely, creativity can expand a university's research.


On this episode, Tamson and Anna speak to Stella McDonald (UTS Art) and Aaron Seymour (UTS School Design) about the UTS Art Program. Plus, we take a look at a current exhibition, Hello World: Code and Design, which examines the role of code and design.

Photo: Jessica Maurer Photography


Read | Listen | Watch:

UTS Art or on Instagram

Hello World: Code and Design exhibition

Super Critical Mass on ABC News

Wurraburranurra Native Garden at UTS

Super Critical Mass (Antonette Collins, ABC News, December 2017)

Free Universal Construction Kit (video thanks to Riley Harmon)


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Tamson Pietsch Anna Clark Stella McDonald Aaron Seymour UTS Art Code Design


The much maligned Cooks River runs 23 kilometres from Yagoona to Botany Bay in Sydney’s Southeast. The Cooks River doesn’t hold any titles for longest or widest rivers in Australia but it has played an important role to the local Indigenous community as a source of transport and food.


Historically, Europeans have had multiple, often conflicted visions for the river, from bucolic homestead to a utilitarian transport corridor. Ian Tyrrell documents the rise and fall of the river’s history in a recent book, River Dreams: The People and Landscape of the Cooks River.


On this episode, Tamson and Anna discuss the importance of the river from a utilitarian and historical narrative perspective.


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On this episode of Glam City, we’re discussing trigger warnings in our cultural institutions with Breann Fallon, Holocaust Educator at the Sydney Jewish Museum.


Further Reading:


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Tamson Pietsch Breann Fallon Sydney Jewish Musuem


​Do you remember 2001? No, not the film, the year Australia celebrated its Centenary. The year we started watching a group of St. Kilda based twenty-somethings in The Secret Life of Us. The year Ansett released its 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.

Who can forget, it was also the year that a Norwegian fishing boat called the MV Tampa intercepted a wooden fishing vessel packed with asylum seekers between Indonesia and Australia, and setting off a series of events that dramatically transformed the way Australia deals with asylum seekers who arrive by boat.

Most people remember one particular date that year- September 11. The attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon dwarfed most other events in our collective consciousness and have since shaped the world we live in.

On this episode, Tamson and Anna speak to Phillipa McGuinness whose upcoming book, The Year Everything Changed 2001, chronicles her personal history that year, interwoven with the larger historical events occurring around the world.

Phillipa has been a publisher, mainly of Australian history, for more than twenty years. This is her first attempt at ‘swapping sides.’ You can follow her on Twitter @pipmcg

2001 will be available through Penguin Random House on 28 May but you can pre-order it here. You can listen to My Marvellous Melbourne on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts!

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Music: Kylie Minogue- can't Get You Out of My Head (2001)