Better ways of seeing landscapes: the Queensland Historical Atlas

Stell, Marion and Mate, Geraldine and Pocock, Celmara (2018) Better ways of seeing landscapes: the Queensland Historical Atlas. Queensland Review, 25 (2). pp. 267-285. ISSN 1321-8166

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The Queensland Historical Atlas (2010) takes a fresh approach to the atlas form by interpreting Queensland landscapes as lived, embodied and practised. As a project conceived in partnership with Queensland Museum, the Atlas brings this approach directly into museum practice. This article outlines some of the challenges of the conventional atlas form, and examines how the Queensland Historical Atlas has embraced opportunities to reinvigorate the form, including the adoption of new technology and developing new affective interpretation frameworks. Significantly, the Atlas places material culture, including historical maps, at the centre of interpretation of Queensland landscapes. Although the Atlas is not an exhibition, it creates ready-made modules available for exhibition interpretation. Each of these reflects on how Queensland is shaped by its landscapes and how, in turn, museum collections can capture the diverse landscapes of Queensland and the people who create those landscapes. As an electronic resource, the Atlas becomes a way of reconnecting cultural history and landscapes with museum collections.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 02:56
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: Queensland, Atlas, history, landscape, museums, technology
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210204 Museum Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1017/qre.2018.25

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