GLAMx : WIL Projects 2020

Would you like to build practical and digital skills related to the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) sector ?

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The GLAMx Living Histories Digitisation Lab is located on level 3 of the Auchmuty Library (L329) and supports students in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs across a range of schools and disciplines.

In 2020 the Lab offers opportunities for students to learn invaluable digitization and other cultural sector skills designed to improve employability.

The Lab also has a separate Audio-visual Digitization Lab housing the NBN Television archive and an Artefact Conservation Atelier for conservation and 3D digitisation. The team have worked on numerous projects, often collaboration and engaging with communities via the Hunter Living Histories Initiative.

Audio-visual Digitization Lab, Auchmuty Library
Artefact Conservation Atelier







A diversity of experiences are available, including :-

  • Transforming a range of physical formats into digital objects.
  • Drawing on GLAM professions across conservation, archival science, librarianship, digitization, metadata and data management, curatorial and digital heritage sectors
  • 3D scanning and Virtual Reality technologies
  • Using innovative technological solutions to expand the discoverability and accessibility of archival sources including through a state-of-the art community engagement platform for digitised cultural collections, Living Histories @ UON

Projects may include :- Research, digitisation to make available to a global community a collection or archive, eg.

  • Digital mapping of collections
  • Oral histories and community stories
  • Research collections for on-line curation
  • Cultural themed Podcasts
  • Research and curation of archival film footage

The following are specific projects that may be of interested to WIL students.

“Florence Austral – Our forgotten Diva” Project – Florence Austral (1892-1968) was a world renowned singer and performed in Opera Houses around the word during the early 20th century. She taught singing at the Newcastle Conservatorium (now part of UON) from 1954 until 1959. The project includes archival searches and historic research. Further information about Florence Austral is HERE

Hannan Photographic Archive Project : Digitisation of the Registers documenting the photographers, subjects and transcription into excel spreadsheet.
Audio-visual Digitisation– to preserve, document, digitise and make accessible the Hunter Region’s Audio-Visual heritage.

Audio-visual digistation Project : This mostly involves digitisation of the NBN Television Archive (1962 – current). Further information is here GLAMx AV:The 2020 Hit-list 

Wikipedia Edit Project – Aim is to increase the profile of notable personalities of UON and Newcastle, including women and those from marginalised groups such as those identifying as LGBTI+ and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Archival and historic research required and students will build digital capabilities.

The Allan Project – Is a project preserving a Local Collection of Early 1900s Postcards. The collection holds about 1900 items (mostly postcards). Majority of the items belong to the first decades of the 20th century. Opportunities for WIL students to be involved in digitisation, research and curation for proposed exhibition. For further information about the project see The Allan Project HERE 

UON Archives Reading Room – Plan and curate content for display in Archives Reading Room. UON Archive reading room – project

Fraternal Societies Collection – This Collection in currently being accessioned and housed, items can be viewed on request. See Fraternal Societies Collection PDF

GLAM Culture Podcasts – Create podcasts from the vast online resources available at UON Cultural Collections.

Oral History Program – Assist with Oral History interviews to document and archive stories of people, place and events in the Hunter Region. (Eg. The Store Oral History Interviews)

“Stories of Our Town” – Newcastle Documentary series with University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections and its film maker partners Glenn Dormand (aka Chit Chat von loopin Stab) and Tony Whitaker (Carnivore Films) See Stories of Own Town 

Health Histories Walking Tour – assist research and produce material for a Newcastle walking tour for the  ANZSHM Conference– July 2021

3D Digitisation of Antiquities – scanning cultural artefacts held in UON Cultural Collections, Equipment at artefact Conservation Atelier (GLAMx Lab).

Revitalisation of Indigenous culture and knowledge Project – assist revitalise Indigenous language and culture by reviewing archives and collections held in Cultural Collections to identify important cultural knowledge.

“Aboriginal Spirit Beings” Project- works inspired by the regions Indigenous culture and history, such as “PUTTIKAN – The Sugarloaf Mountain Being who Bites”

If you are interested in a WIL placement or would  like to discuss a project please contact Dr Ann Hardy, Coordinator, Living Histories Digitisation Lab

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