Museum of Brisbane

Life in Irons Exhibition & Curator Tours

  • Weekly, every Wednesday, 23 May - 24 Oct 2018
  • 12.00pm
  • Free, bookings required

Life in Irons Exhibition and Curator Tours

Moreton Bay penal colony was established by the British Government to “…reinstate transportation as an object of real terror to all classes of society”. It succeeded. Life in Ironsprovides a vivid insight into daily life in the settlement using original documents, personal accounts and contemporary art, alongside immersive new technologies.

Join Curator Madeleine Johns and historians Dr Ray Kerkhove and Jenny Harrison for a series of exhibition tours that will share new research, delve deeply into the personal stories and provide an insight into key themes, design and conservation challenges of this exciting show.

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As the page turns:

Due to the delicate nature of the heritage documents in Life in Irons, archivists need to rotate every document and turn pages throughout the exhibition in order to preserve them. Join historian Dr Jennifer Harrison on a tour of the exhibition after each rotation to learn more about what each UNESCO Memory of the World heritage-listed document contains. Each exhibition tour will delve deeply into personal stories and provide an insight into the key themes, design and conservation challenges of this exciting show.

7 Jun, 19 Jul, 9 Aug, 4 Oct, free

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