A traditional style post box in Hong Kong
I am excited to learn that I have been asked by the Hong Kong Archives Society to speak at their annual International Archives Day. This year’s theme is about stories. This is an exciting opportunity for me because I get the chance to share with people one of my Hong Kong passions, traditional post boxes.
I think that the topic is especially apt for the talk because post boxes can be a dull topic. There may be a nostalgic connection that one may feel but does one really think what the larger story is behind these pieces and how they are connected to so many important events in the city’s development and people.
My lecture will be on the 13th of June (Saturday) at the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage in Sai Ying Pun.
Hope to see you there!
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On a recent trip to Melbourne, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most dynamic museums in the world. The Melbourne Museum was established in 1854 but there is nothing dusty or “like your grandma’s attic” about the place.
I would like to highlight one aspect of the museum’s displays that bespeaks of this forward-looking approach. It is their animal display.
The traditional approach and one that has lasted for over a century is to display taxidermy animals is display animals in their native habit. Lions are seen lounging on the savannah. Penguins are stumbling on frozen walkways. And in many ways this approach works.
But what if the goal of the museum is to display the whole of the animal kingdom? It would be difficult to recreate hundreds of types of environments. And it would be inaccurate to show animals that are natural enemies sitting side by side.
So what did the Melbourne Museum do?
They brought together two elements: simplicity in display and copious amounts of animals filling every corner of the display.
The simplicity of the display makes the visitor focus on the animal. And the large groupings allow for meaningful comparisons to similar species. The museum has also installed a complex IT component that provides adequate information about each of the animals.
What was my main takeaway?
Clustered does not mean disorganized. Context of the environment does not take away from the object itself.
How can we create meaningful environments where the artifacts are front and center and the visitor is not lost in the mass?