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Royal Mail criticised for D-Day stamp mix-up

Royal Mail has withdrawn a stamp design marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day - after BBC News pointed out it showed US troops landing in what was Dutch New Guinea, nearly 8,500 miles from France.

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Posted on December 30, 2018 at 4:00

Seminar. From illustration to evidence in native title: the potential of photographs / 12 September

By working with photographs from the collections of museums and libraries, Michael Aird is testing whether historical photographs can become substantial evidence of Australian Aboriginal connections with land and place. He is studying images and combines archival research to contextualize how photographs can serve as more than illustrations, but they can also demonstrate historical continuities and change as well as connections to country over time. Who are the people featured in…


Posted on August 6, 2018 at 1:00

'World's largest 19th century glass negatives' listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World

Glass negatives taken by Bernhardt Otto Holtermann in 1875 to capture the beauty of Sydney Harbour - measuring 1.3 meters wide and weigh around 30kg each are listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World. They are held at the State Library of New South Wales.

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Posted on November 1, 2017 at 0:30

Publication: Agents of Empire. How E.L. Mitchell's photographs shaped Australia

For nearly 100 years, the Yorkshire migrant photographer Ernest Lund Mitchell’s emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors

With unprecedented access to private collections and showcasing his extraordinary photographs, Agents of Empire charts Mitchell’s rise from his struggles as a migrant in New South Wales and Queensland to significant image-maker in Western Australia. It then…


Posted on April 20, 2017 at 9:00

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At 13:11 on October 16, 2014, Roger Taylor said…

Dear Joanna - only just picked up your request - apologies - but here I am having just completed the Linnaeus Tripe exhibition & catalogue. This opened at the National Gallery DC in September and will move to the Met and V&A in due course.

An eventful year marked by a triple bypass in April which went well and has me feeling better and with more energy than ever.

I hope you well and as busy as you need.



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