Arts & Culture
How did a cockatoo reach 13th century Sicily?
University of Melbourne research has discovered a cockatoo in a 13th century manuscript, revealing the flourishing medieval trade network to Australia's north.
Criss-cross history hidden in a letter
An 1839 letter is a tale of adventure packed into 4 pages using overlapping criss-cross handwriting, but it is a deeper record of Australian frontier conflict
Pulling no punches: The underrated art of stage fighting
Stage combat is one of the hardest crafts within theatre; a University of Melbourne expert explains the skill and choreography behind a convincing stage fight.
When department stores were more than just stores
A University of Melbourne archives exhibition looks back at the legacy of Melbourne department store, Foy & Gibson, on Australian retailing and manufacturing.
The Crucible reborn
Theatre director and University of Melbourne alum Adena Jacobs explains her modern take on The Crucible and looks forward to her UK operatic directorial debut.
Putting cross-cultural stories centre stage
University of Melbourne masters student Kim Ho has won the prestigious Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for his play Mirror’s Edge - set near Lake Tyrrell.
Bringing back languages from scraps of paper
The Bates Online project, led by the University of Melbourne, has digitised Daisy Bates' unique papers which recorded many endangered Aboriginal languages.
The legacy of a great scientific hoax
The University of Melbourne's anatomy museum features model fossils from the famous Piltdown Man hoax, which skewed the study of human evolution for decades.
Life on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert
University of Melbourne poet and author Kevin Brophy reflects on a year living on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, in the small town of Mulan.
Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White
Author and University of Melbourne alumnus Christos Tsiolkas discusses his love affair with Patrick White's books; part of the Writers on Writers series.