2014 McCoy Seed Fund Projects

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From Mavis Bramston to Legally Brown

Cultural Representations in Australian Television,1956-Today – Dr Moya McFadzean and Professor Kate Darian-Smith will lead a study on how diverse cultural groups have been represented on Australian television since the 1950s. This Seed funded project has developed into a successful ARC Linkage project titled: "Migration, cultural diversity and television: reflecting modern Australia" for funding commencing in 2015. This project seeks to continue the collaborative research work of the McCoy Project, documenting the evolving history of popular television and its contribution to national discussions about migration, cultural diversity and citizenship. In association with Museum Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, outcomes are expected to include scholarly publications, exhibitions and public programs.

Affective encounters

Teaching and learning for schools and communities through museums and collections – Dr Diane Mulcahy and her team look at how education takes place through several of Museum Victoria’s exhibition spaces.

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broken fan

Self-destructive cultural heritage

Management of cellulose nitrate materials in museum collections – Dr Petronella Nel and colleagues examine strategies for dealing with the unstable cellulose nitrate sometimes found in films, plastics and adhesives in museum collections.

Unravelling the complexity of small animals

Improving museum exhibits with the use of multi-scale imaging information – Dr David Ackland and co-workers will use state-of-the-art imaging technology to provide information on bioluminescent fishes and blue-ringed octopuses from Museum Victoria’s collection.

Blue-ringed octopus
man milking snake

Establishing a modern, multi-purpose collection of Victorian venomous animals, their tissues and venoms

Dr Joanna Sumner and a team will develop a collection of marine and terrestrial venomous animals together with samples of their venoms, as a resource for further work.

Western Port

A biodiversity assessment to inform environmental decision-making – Dr Robin Wilson and a team of investigators are to use the results of a major environmental survey by the Museum in 1975 along with new evidence, to re-examine the marine fauna biodiversity of Western Port, and help inform the bay’s future management.

A shell