cardiShorts episode 10 – Rose Barrowcliffe

In this episode Rose Barrowcliffe, Butchulla researcher and emerging archive activist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, shares her PhD research in the K’gari Research Archive. Rose’s research is looking at Indigenous representation in archives and historical narratives. Rose is a contributor to the Indigenous Archives Collective and recently wrote a piece on #BlackLivesMatter and Archives in Australia. Thank you Rose, it’s great to see you again after meeting at the ASA conference in Adelaide. Really excited to see where your PhD research takes you.

Do you work in GLAM and would you like to do a short video for cardiShorts? For beginner filmmakers, Andrew Kelly has written a blog with some helpful pointers. If you’re interested in submitting a cardiShort, please contact us at hello@newcardigan.org.


cardiShorts episode 9 – Rolf Schmidt

In this episode Rolf Schmidt, Collection Manager, Invertebrate Palaeontology at Museums Victoria, talks about working from home, catching up on legacy cataloguing in EMu transferring data from paper accession registers into the electronic collection management system, working on publishing information from Rolf’s PhD in scientific journals, and selecting a fossil for Victoria (voting details later)! Rolf’s cute fluffy cat also makes an appearance! Thank you for sharing your WFH experience with us Rolf. I’m sure many of us can relate to the overwhelmed feeling of uncertainty during these difficult times in isolation. Stay safe and well everyone.

Do you work in GLAM and would you like to do a short video for cardiShorts? For beginner filmmakers, Andrew Kelly has written a blog with some helpful pointers. If you’re interested in submitting a cardiShort, please contact us at hello@newcardigan.org.


cardiShorts episode 8 – Amelia Marra

In this episode Amelia Marra, Operations Coordinator, Victorian Collections at Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) Victoria, shares some insights about working from home, and moving Victorian Collections training to an online platform.

Amelia advocates for the GLAM sector on her twitter account @Miss_Meels, including challenges facing our sector during lockdown and how this impacts GLAM workers. If you would like to share some of the challenges that you have faced over the past few months, or challenges facing the sector in the coming months, please reach out to newCardigan on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram or via email. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Amelia. We really hope to see you at a cardiParty down the track.

Do you work in GLAM and would you like to do a short video for cardiShorts? For beginner filmmakers, Andrew Kelly has written a blog with some helpful pointers. If you’re interested in submitting a cardiShort, please contact us at hello@newcardigan.org.


cardiShorts episode 5 – Shane Hughes

While cardiParties are on hold due to the lockdown, we have begun to reach out to our GLAM community with cardiShorts. Videos (5-10mins) taken by a member of our community, either working from home, or going in to work, sharing an aspect of their work during COVID-19.

In this episode Shane Hughes, Keeper, Live Exhibits at Melbourne Museum, introduces us to the different animals, back of house Live Exhibits storage areas and the Forest Gallery at Melbourne Museum. The video was shot before Melbourne Museum reopened to the public. Many of the animals from Live Exhibits were taken home by Keepers while the Museum was closed.

Trigger warning: this video includes spiders, just in case you have a phobia!

Here is a list of the different animals that appear in the video:

‪01:09 Growling Grass Frogs and Green Tree Frog empty enclosure‬

‪01:19 Leather Jacket Fish‬

‪01:39 Lord Howe Island Stick Insects (juveniles)‬

‪02:18 Golden Orb Weaving Spider‬

‪02:32 Golden Orb Weaving Spider‬

‪02:49 Golden Orb Weaving Spider‬

‪03:10 Golden Orb Weaving Spider ‬

‪03:34 Coulon‬

‪03:43 Dermestid Beetles‬

‪03:49 Thorny Devil‬

‪04:53 Central Victorian Funnelweb & Blue Mountains Funnelweb‬

‪05:05 Sutherland’s Funnelweb‬

‪05:15 Blue Mountains Funnelweb ‬

‪08:16 Purple Crowned Lorikeet‬

Do you work in GLAM and would you like to do a short video for cardiShorts? For beginner filmmakers, Andrew Kelly has written a blog with some helpful pointers. If you’re interested in submitting a cardiShort, please contact us at hello@newcardigan.org.


Five reflections on five years: my people

newCardigan is five years old this month. If we were a human, we’d be “going” to school over Zoom by now! Normally we like to have a little birthday cardiParty in June, but things are weird this year. Instead, every day this week one of the ‘cardiCore’ will be sharing their personal reflections on the first five years of newCardigan. Please share your own reflections with us on your favourite social media, your blog, as a video or audio recording, an email, or via ye olde postal service. We can’t wait to read, hear and watch them.


Image: GLAM Walking Tour, Hayley Webster and Gemma Steele, Museums Victoria’s Library,  Rare Book Collection, Melbourne Museum, January 2018

What a strange time to turn 5. Lockdown has given us all time to reflect. What does newCardigan mean to me? It’s a lifeline to a community that has grown and become a significant part of the GLAM sector in Melbourne and Perth, and beyond, over the past 5 years.

On 12 June 2015 newCardigan hosted the very first cardiParty. Sadly I wasn’t there for that, but a friend brought me along to my first cardiParty in September, then in December Hugh asked me to join cardiCore. I’m incredibly thankful for being part of this community.

Image: GLAM Walking Tour, Clare O’Hanlon at RMIT Gallery, January 2017

When I think back, the thing I’ve taken away from all of those cardiParties, are all the conversations I’ve had with cardies about finding their community. One cardie said to me, after recently moving to Melbourne from Canberra, ‘I’ve found my people’. That’s what newCardigan means to me.

Image: GLAM Walking Tour, curator Julie McLaren giving a tour of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, January 2019

I have so many happy and proud memories with newCardigan. GLAM walking tours have been such a crazy logistical challenge to organise, but they have always been so much fun on the day! We had a GLAM walking tour planned for this year, but sadly we have had to postpone. For anyone who has been on one, it’s a rollercoaster ride of a day, a short stop at each of the four sites, and a walk between (two years running it rained cats and dogs!)… It’s like having four cardiParties in one day, exhausting, stimulating and heaven. 

In January 2017 we had our first GLAM walking tour, it rained, as we walked through Melbourne from the Athenaeum Library, to the Shot Tower Museum in Melbourne Central, to RMIT Gallery, and finishing the day at RMIT Design Archives. Such a memorable day. The following year, January 2018, it rained, as we made our way from the Centre for Contemporary Photography to Melbourne Museum where we heard from the Library, Palaeontology, and Archives. I remember 40 cardies in a large room at Melbourne Museum, all wet from our walk, but still beaming with enthusiasm and excitement at the incredible rare books, fossils and archives on display. Last year we headed to Ballarat, it was a very sunny hot day as we made our way from the Art Gallery of Ballarat, to the Ballarat Mechanics Institute where we explored the library and archive collection, then a very hot long walk to the Gold Museum after lunch. I know, we’re crazy to host GLAM Walking Tours in January. We were going to break that tradition this year. I can’t tell you how excited I’ll be at our next GLAM Walking Tour. I can’t wait.


cardiShorts episode 4 – Bentley Bird

While cardiParties are on hold due to the lockdown, we have begun to reach out to our GLAM community with cardiShorts. Videos (5-10mins) taken by a member of our community, either working from home, or going in to work, sharing an aspect of their work during COVID-19.

Bentley Bird is an Ornithology Museum Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In this episode, Bentley shares what her job was before lockdown (data management, pest management, conservation projects, collection access, curatorial projects); and what her job is like now while she works from home cleaning up specimen data including geo-referencing. Big thank you to Bentley for this interesting insight into the work of an Ornithology Museum Specialist. We miss you at Melbourne Museum. Stay safe and all the best to you and your family.

Do you work in GLAM and would you like to do a short video for cardiShorts? For beginner filmmakers, we’ve written a blog post with some helpful pointers! If you’re interested in submitting a cardiShort, please contact us at hello@newcardigan.org.