INSITE / July - August 2012 / Miniature

This issue of INSITE includes articles about various types of miniatures in collections and what drives our fascinations with them. The edition also includes an interview  with Susan Cross, guest of the 2011 National Conference, and information about Victorian Collections, MAP, Museum Practice Videos and our 2013 state conference.

Cover image: Dr Tanya Hill, Astronomer for the Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks,  with a LEGO model of the ATLAS detector, a major component of the Large Hadron Collider. Museum Victoria. Photographer, Benjamin Healley. Copyright Museum Victoria 2012.


John Kean, Independence Curator & writer [page 2]
The Day the Diorama Died
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The California Academy of Sciences:
For an article by John Kean on Museum Victoria’s, McCoy Hall Dioramas go to:

Dr Linda Young, Deakin University [page 3]
Small, Tiny, Minute: the appeal of the miniature
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For more about Cockington Green visit:
For more about the Mirror of the Worlds Exhibition:

Dr Andrew Jamieson, University of Melbourne [page 4]
Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals
You can book online at:

Robin Sadler, Benalla Costume & Pioneer Museum [page 5]
The House in Miniature
Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House:

Paul Galloway, Melbourne Theatre Company [page 7]
Artists and Models
The full interview with Tracy Grant Lord is now on the MTC website:
For information about the Performing Arts Centre collections go to:

Dr Jan Croggon Interview with Susan Cross, Interpretelling Anyone? [page 8]
You can read more about Interpretelling at:
At the Frontier 2011 MA Conference:
The 2012 MA Conference is in Adelaide on from 24-28 September. For information go to:
For more information from the Croke Park Museum visit:,-1920
The Fremantle Prison:
Kings Park Botanical Gardens:

Elizabeth Marsden, MA (Vic), Museums Aotearoa Conference 2012 [page 10]
To read other reflections about the conference go to:
View presentations from sessions at:
For more about Te Ahu visit:
To view the Museums Aotearoa, Collaboration in Practice conference programme go to:
For more information about Museums Aotearoa visit:

State Conference 2013 [page 11]

Napoleon Viewing [page 11]
Napoleon Revolution to Empire is on until 2 October, for details visit:

Peta Knott, MA (Vic), Victorian Collections Celebrates [page 12]

Cassie May, MA (Vic), Farewell Hilary Newton [page 12]
For a list and link of all of the MAP museums go to:

Announcing the first of our Museum Practice Videos [page 13]
Online Practical Training:
City of Melbourne:
Public Records Office (Victoria):
The National Standards for Australian Museums & Galleries:

Dimity Mapstone, MA (Vic),  Apps & Online [page 13]
80 Days That Changed Our Lives
Now and Then: real-world exhibitions of an online project
The Steve Tagger

Museum News [page 14]
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village Boat Yard Works
Hamer Hall reopens
Ford Discovery Centre Closure
Tjukktjanu tours to Paris
PGAV conference at MONA
Johnson Collection & Romance was Born
Horsham Redevelopment
Jazz Archive’s New Lease of Life
Como Closed to General Admission
Bendigo Art Gallery Development
Wangaratta Art Gallery Silver Jubilee

Laura Miles, (MA (Vic), Branch News [page 16]
State Conference 2013
Victorian Museum Awards
Museum Practice Videos Launched

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