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Moving Image and Picture Research for Historians

August 18 @ 11:00 - 13:00

$32 – $35

This event is in partnership with WEA Sydney

With a focus on nineteenth and twentieth-century picture sources in NSW and the Australian sources of moving image, this session will examine the sometimes-complex issues of access and reproduction.

Topic 1 – Presented by Joy Hughes

This lecture will focus on 19th and 20th century picture sources in New South Wales and the national institutions in Canberra, with a brief reference to researching 21st century pictures, collections in other states and some English institutions. The agonies of copyright and reproduction rights cannot be ignored. And if a relevant picture cannot be found for a publication, are there options?

Joy Hughes is a professional historian who has undertaken extensive picture research to inform the restoration of heritage buildings and gardens and for reports, books and exhibitions, in particular for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW over three decades and more recently for the RAHS major publications, Shady Acres: politicians, developers and Sydney’s public transport scandals 1872-1895 and Playing Their Part: vice-regal consorts of New South Wales, 1788-2019.

Topic 2 – Presented by Graham Shirley

Archival footage can provide vivid insight into times past and can add value to the way history is recorded and interpreted. Graham’s lecture will focus on the leading Australian sources of moving images created since the origins of cinema in the 1890s. He will address the sources’ areas of speciality, deal with copyright-controlled footage as well as ‘orphan’ works, identify where footage is duplicated between organisations, and will include the sometimes-complex issues of access and reproduction. Since much historical footage is now available online, he will also provide a brief survey of international archival sources.

Graham Shirley has worked as a director, writer, and researcher on Australian historical documentaries. His directorial work includes ‘Prisoners of Propaganda’ (1987), three episodes of the ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ sports history series (1988), ‘Striking for State Aid’ (1997), ‘Behind the Lines: The Secret War of Z Special Unit’ (2001), and ‘Road to Tokyo’ (2005). Graham has also worked as an archival footage researcher on other people’s documentaries, has written about Australian film history, and from 2006 to 2014 was on staff at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia as a senior curator and NFSA Historian. He is a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT), and a RAHS councillor.



August 18
11:00 - 13:00
$32 – $35
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