Community Open Day

Posted 10th May 2017

We were excited to celebrate International Museum Day on Sunday 28th May by holding a Community Open Day. The day included included a panel discussion, guided tours, and free entry to full the women’s museum and gaol complex.

The panel discussion was on this year’s International Museum Day theme of ‘Museums and contested histories: saying the unspeakable in museums’.

The topics for discussion were: 

• What is the purpose of museums generally? 

• What is the role of museums in Alice Springs and Central Australia? 

• Is it a museum’s role to tell contested and ‘unspeakable’ histories? If so, how do local museums do this? 

• Are ‘shared stories’ something local museums should strive for?

Facilitator: Kieran Finnane, Journalist, Alice Springs News Online 

Panelists include: Paul Ah Chee ‘Ngala’, Director, Alice Springs Desert Park Mark Crees, Director, Araluen Cultural Precinct Adam Macfie, Anthropologist - Strehlow Research Centre, MAGNT Dianna Newham, Curator, National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.

Proudly supported by the Alice Springs Town Council

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