INSITE / September - October 2014 / Rare Trades

This issue of INSITE contains articles about trades and practices that are supported with infomation from collections.

Cover Image: PROV’s rich collection is also home to some beautiful, quirky and interesting cursive handwriting: 

Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna (page2)

Not An Ordinary Wallpaper

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has conducted research in to the wallpapers that adorn the rooms at the magnificent Rippon Lea House and Garden, adding to the history of the property and the decorative tastes of the Victorian period. Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna explains the research into the wallpapers and what this new information will contribute to the property.

Peter Abbott (page 3)

A Unique Museum Project: the Lady Nelson build

In a unique project the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village has completed the building of a replica ship using the skills of a master shipwright. Peter Abbott explains the project and the benefits to Flagstaff Hill:

Alfred Klink (page 4)

The Kirth Kiln

The Kurth Kiln was used during the Second World War to make fuel from charcoal. It is a rare example of a relatively intact charcoal burning kiln and the only one of its type in Australia. It has been restored and the site developed so that the history of the Kiln is preserved. Alfred Klink explains the history of the Kiln and how it was used.

Craig Baird (page 5)

The Art and Tradition of Surfboard Shaping

The SurfWorld Museum is home to a dedicated surfboard shaping room with a viewing platform so that visitors can see a board being created using traditional techniques. Craig Baird explains the significance of surfboard shaping to the surfing story.

Sonya Macdonald (page 6)

Rare Trades: not just links to the past

Sonya Macdonald explains what a rare trade is and how they are being used today.

Cameron Auty (page 7)

Spare a Thought for Art Couriers

Museum loans sometimes require that valuable artefacts are accompanied by staff from the loan institution. Cameron Auty tells us about his courier experience supervising a loan from Scotland to Australia.

Murray Baud (page 9)

The Inglewood Eucalyptus Distillery Museum

The Eucalyptus Museum in Inglewood tells the story of the industry and the practice of making ‘eucy’ oil. Murray Baud explains how the industry developed and the role of this volunteer-run Museum in preserving the trades history.

The Victorian Museum Awards 2014

Hosted by Adam Ford, Archaeologist and Director at DIG International, and with presentations from the Hon Heidi Victoria MP, Minister for the Arts, and Dr J Patrick Greene OBE, CEO of Museum Victoria, the Victorian Museum Awards celebrated the achievements of exceptional museums, their people and programs.

Apps & Online
This INSITE column lists some links to websites or apps relating to collections or museum practice. It is compiled for INSITE by the Digital and Emerging Technologies team at Museum Victoria. The items mentioned are information listings and have not been tested or reviewed by the authors or MA (Vic). 

Turner’s Apothecary
Interactive toy that ‘prescribes’ a Turner painting according to your stated mood and preferences:

Somebody app
An app that delivers messages to your friends verbally via the people nearby:

Traces app
Currently available in the UK only, Traces allows users to leave messages for friends as augmented reality hotspots:

Hyperlapse app
This app creates time-lapse video with image stabilisation, allowing you to capture off-the-cuff action videos on your phone with the quality of something much more high-tech and expensive:
(The example vimeo video was shot in Melbourne.)

23 Research Things
A list of digital tools compiled by the University of Melbourne and an excellent resource list for all kinds of researchers:


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AMaGA Victoria respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, the Woi Wurrung people and honour their Ancestors, Elders and next generations of community. AMaGA Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the Elders of all the Nations of Victoria, past, present and emerging.