Your good manners make a difference.

“MANNERS, MAKETH MAN” IS THE STANDARD PHRASE, AND A PROVERB, TO INDICATE THAT MANNERS ARE ALL-IMPORTANT. Good manners are what our parents, grandparents and teachers use as a yard-stick for how we will get on with other people on the planet throughout our life. In a more day-to-day existence, good manners grease the wheels that …

February was a month of fire-and flood-recovery actions.

RECOVERY WORK TO PROTECT AUSTRALIA’S CULTURAL HERITAGE FROM THREATS DUE TO WAR AND DISASTER. As many practitioners have spoken and written in the media recently, fire recovery and flood recovery are critical to protect heritage items in crisis situations. The organisation Blue Shield* Australia has provided a list of resources to support salvage and recovery of …

Jane Austen fans in Canberra with other folk.

JANE AUSTEN FANS WERE IN CANBERRA WITH OTHER FOLK LAST MONTH – THOUGH ANYONE WOULD’VE THOUGHT IT WAS ALMOST THE VERY MONTH OF MAY…. In the middle of Autumn every year, Canberra enjoys the sounds and festivities of the Jane Austen Weekend in the Albert Hall, Yarralumla. The two-day event with Saturday evening ball offers instructions in group folk set …

Storm-proofing what you value

STORM-PROOFING PROPERTY AND VALUABLES IS CRITICAL IN SUMMER.  THE HIGH WINDS AND HEATWAVE CONTINUE TO CAUSE PROBLEMS AND STORM-PROOFING IS NECESSARY TO SECURE OUR ENVIRONMENT. But storm-proofing a business or company reputation is an on-going matter which requires diligent attention and care. In this regard, every day is a potential Black Friday. In Canberra, media …

Photographic evidence of poor etiquette

IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT WE CATCH OUT A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT SHOWING POOR ETIQUETTE. However, the National Library of Australia has shown up itself on its website, to its readers and website viewers with a photograph of poor etiquette. This is also known as lack of ‘table manners’. The relevant photograph is of concern for staff employed to manage corporate image and customer relations. …

Sound recordings played forward

ACHIEVING SUSTAINABILITY OF SOUND RECORDINGS IN A TIME OF RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IS A DAUNTING CHALLENGE. However, the Australasian Sound Recordings Association (ASRA) recently held its 2015 national conference in Sydney with a great deal of member and institutional support. The conference “Play it Forward: Sustainability in a Time of Rapid Change” was held from 18 …

Managing Oral Histories in the Digital Age

MANAGING ORAL HISTORIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE IS A COMPLEX ISSUE MADE EASIER BY PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAILS.  American oral historian Professor Michael Frisch delivered the keynote address at the launch of The Australian Generations: Researching 20th Century Lives and Memories conference on 30 October 2014 in Melbourne saying that “life stories are everywhere in this digital …