Volume 8 number 2

October 2013

This issue of reCollections: A Journal of Museums and Collections focuses on revealing the hidden histories contained within objects, and looks at the role objects can play in health and wellbeing: 

  • Andrew Montana peels away the layers of paint covering the decorated walls of the Villa Alba house museum in Melbourne to discover a lost history of Scottish artisans in 19th-century Victoria
  • Judith Hickson examines a pair of skis in the collection of the National Museum of Australia and finds they reveal a different story of Chinese settlers in Australia than is conventionally told in museums
  • Pip McNaught describes a project involving aged care facility residents in the documentation and display of their own historical objects.

Also featured are reviews of a number of recent and current exhibitions.