Digging Deeper: making the most of Victorian collections

Negative – Miners in Front of Horse Whim & Mine Shaft Poppet Head, Glenpatrick, Victoria, circa 1880. Source: Museum Victoria

Museum Victoria and State Library of Victoria hold over 22 million items, many unique to the history of Victoria. So how can you make the most of these incredibly rich collections?

In this series of webinars you’ll discover how to access a wide range of online collections and resources, and explore some of the best digital tools for making the most of these items. Staff members from Museum Victoria and the State Library of Victoria will guide you through the process of finding digitised collection items and using them with free online tools. The sessions will include practical examples and tips to help your students explore and build on these marvellous collections.

The webinars have been designed to match VIT and AITSL teacher standards, and participants will receive a certificate of attendance for each session. The sessions will also be supported by articles here on Bright Ideas and on the Museum Victoria website about the resources and tools covered.

Please note: All webinars will be run using the Blackboard Collaborate software. To get started with Blackboard Collaborate, visit our help page.


Children with Victorian Railways No.1 Steam Bus, circa 1901. Source: Museum Victoria

History in the making: Using multimedia to capture personal history

Wednesday, September 11: 4.00-5.00pm (Bookings closed)

Jan Molloy (Immigration Museum) and Jonathan Shearer (Museum Victoria) will explore the wide range of resources available on the Making History site, the Biggest Family Album in Museum Victoria’s collections online and on the Culture Victoria website. Then discover how to plan, record, and edit video to capture personal histories.

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Melbourne, cartographic material

[Melbourne] [cartographic material]1949. Source: State Library of Victoria

 No need for clean hands: Accessing and working with digitised items

Tuesday, November 19: 4.00-5.00pm

Linda Angeloni (State Library of Victoria) will help you navigate the range of online resources available to students, including pictures, maps and artefacts. Hear about curation from Michelle Stevenson, Coordinator Humanities Collection Online (Melbourne Museum) and see how students can use free online tools to create their own dynamic virtual exhibitions and projects.

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One good turn deserves another,1856. Source: State Library of Victoria

Read all about it: Accessing current and historic newspaper collections

Wednesday, November 6: 4.00pm-5.00pm

In this session you’ll discover how to access the Trove website including digitised historical newspapers from across Australia. But if you’re also looking for something a bit more modern, Linda Angeloni (SLV) will show you how to access databases of current newspapers from around the world. You’ll also hear from Jan Molloy (Immigration Museum) who will talk about how newspapers can be used to explore social change. Then explore some of the best online services for annotating articles, saving resources for later and keeping your research organised.

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New Wallan deep lead gold mine, 1880. Source: State Library of Victoria

Thinking Ahead with Science: Imagining the future

Tuesday, December 3: 4.00pm-5.00pm

How have the discoveries of the past shaped the present? How is current scientific discovery going to shape the future? Jonathan Shearer (Museum Victoria) will explore how study of the history of science can facilitate creative investigation of how we will solve the problems of tomorrow. Learn how to use digital timeline creation tools to track the progress of a particular technology, and then use this as a launch pad to researching current scientific study and innovation.

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