The Australian History Museum: a wealth of social history resources for object-based learning

Jane Thogersen

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The collection held at the Australian History Museum (AHM), Macquarie University is a treasure-trove of diverse objects that can transform understandings of the everyday domestic, working and social lives of Australians throughout history. The 10,000+ items within the collection fall within at least one of the main subject themes prioritised by the museum: Women's history in Australia, Australia at war, Migration to Australia, and Indigenous cultures, and is supplemented by broader social categorisation that includes sport, the environment, technical development, the household, politics and Federation, travel and tourism, colonial history and industry. To facilitate the growing needs for access and utilisation of the AHM's collection and that of the Museum of Ancient Cultures, a new museum facility is currently being built. Once this is complete in 2020, both collections will merge to form the Faculty of Arts Museum. In the interim, while building work progresses, the AHM has relocated to temporary accommodations. The new joint facility will further increase the collection's capacity to support learning and teaching both on campus and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-15
Number of pages4
JournalTeaching History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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