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Unshackled

  • 13 Jun 2024
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • TMAG, entry via Watergate
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The story behind Unshackled


The TMAG exhibition Unshackled: The True Convict Story opened in March. Five years in the planning, Unshackled uses a mixture of objects and data to reveal startling new insights into Australia’s convict past. In this talk Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart will reveal details of the digital treasure trove that enabled this retelling and the thinking behind the design of Unshackled as a new form of interactive exhibition. He will end by conducting a personalised tour of the exhibition.

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is a Professor of Heritage and Digital Humanities at the University of New England and an associate member of staff in the Menzies Institute of Health Research, University of Tasmania. The author of over 100 books and articles, Hamish specialises in the assembly and analysis of complex historical datasets. He also has experience in exhibition planning and design including the Lottery of Life Gallery at the Port Arthur Historic Site (1998–2018) and the Convict Memorial which opened in 2023 in the Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart.

Friends members $25, non-members $30

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