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Kato’alu (ceremonial basket), mid-19th century, Tonga

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Celebrating the remarkable history of the Nicholson Museum

29 January 2020

Presented by Dr Craig Barker, Candace Richards and Dr James Fraser from the Nicholson Collection. 


Sardinia and Corsica in the post-classical era

2 March 2019, Nicholson Museum

Presented by Robert Veel from Academy Travel.

The Mummy Project

20 February 2019, Nicholson Museum

Presented by Dr James Fraser, research lead of the Mummy Project.

Māori in early Sydney

2 February 2019, Nicholson Museum

Presented by Rebecca Conway, Curator of Ethnography, Macleay Collections.


Facing our Past: The Jericho Skull

21 November 2018, Nicholson Museum

Inaugural Sir Charles Nicholson Lecture. Presented by Dr Alexandra Fletcher, British Museum, on new research and discoveries made about the Jericho skulls from the British Museum collection and our own.

Some impressions of Greece: The photographic archive of William Woodhouse

30 May 2018, Nicholson Museum

Presented by Candace Richards, research lead of the Woodhouse Archive Flickr Project.

Shakespeare's Mark Antony: a tale of two authors

27 March 2018, Nicholson Museum

Presented by Associate Professor Kathryn Welch, University of Sydney.

Stories from the storeroom: Amarna’s frescoes reconstructed

21 February 2018, Nicholson Museum

Presented by Dr James Fraser, Dr Conni Lord, Dr Wendy Reade and Candace Richards.

Art and performance: two decades of archaeology at the ancient theatre of Paphos, Cyprus

30 January 2018, Nicholson Museum

Presented by Dr Craig Barker, Director of the Paphos Theatre Archaeological Project.


A life in archaeology: in conversation with Judy Birmingham

27 May 2017, Nicholson Museum

Associate Professor Judy Birmingham interviewed by Dr Craig Barker in this special 'in conversation' event.

Arts and Aboriginal Australia: decolonisation or reconciliation?

31 May 2017, Macleay Museum

In 2017, National Reconcilation Week commemorated two signficant milestones in Australian history: 50 years since the 1967 referendum and 25 years since the Murray Island Land Case 'Mabo' Decision.

This panel is chaired by Matt Poll, Curator Indigenous Heritage and Repatriation Project, Macleay Collections and he is joined by:

  • Sharni Jones, Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections at the Australian Museum
  • Stephen Gilchrist, Associate Lecturer Department of Art History, University of Sydney
  • Rodney Kelly, Gweagal activist for the repatriation of ancestral collections to Aboriginal ownership
  • Amanda Reynolds, Stella Stories artist, curator, cultural consultant and editor.

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