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Preserving History through Digitisation
September 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am AESTFree
Community Museum Officer Meg O’Donnell has recently led a large-scale digitisation project, photographing cultural and historic objects from around our region. This project involved partnerships with West Wallsend District Heritage Group, Heritage of East Lake Macquarie, Lake Macquarie & District Historical Society, and Morisset Hospital Historical. Damien Linnane has amassed a significant personal collection of historical prison newsletters from throughout Australia. He is undertaking the process of digitising this collection. Damien and Meg will discuss their projects and the processes and resources they have used.
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About the presenters:
Meg O’Donnell works as the Community Museum Officer at Lake Macquarie City Council, managing LMCC’s historic Cultural Collection items. Meg completed a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney in 2020 and is passionate about the development of museums in regional Australia.
Lake Macquarie City Council has recently completed a large scale digitisation project, photographing cultural and historic objects from around our region. This project involved partnerships with West Wallsend District Heritage Group, Heritage of East Lake Macquarie, Lake Macquarie & District Historical Society, and Morisset Hospital Historical Society. The results of some of this work now feature on Storyplace, a new website developed by Museums & Galleries of NSW that tells important stories from throughout all of regional New South Wales. Storyplace has been funded by the New South Wales Government through the Regional Cultural Fund.
Damien Linnane is the editor of Paper Chained, a prison art and writing magazine, available to incarcerated people in NSW. In 2022, he was convinced there had to be other prison newsletter at some point, and decided to try and find out the history of prison newsletters in this country. So far, Damien has discovered 33 separate prison newsletters throughout Australia’s history, the first of which was released in 1912.
Self-taught in prison after being sentenced to two years in 2015 for crimes described as an act of vigilantism, Damien Linnane used his time in custody to write a crime novel by hand, titled, Scarred. After the completion of his novel, he then began teaching himself to draw. Scarred was published in 2019, and in 2021, Damien illustrated the book This Is Ear Hustle under a contract with Penguin Random House. He is currently completing a PhD in Law at the University of Newcastle, focusing on barriers that people with disabilities face when impacted by the criminal justice system, and also works as the editor of Paper Chained, a prison art and writing magazine made available to over 5,000 incarcerated people in NSW.
About the venue
The Charlestown Library, located on Smart St has undercover onsite parking with accessible parking available from the public carpark adjacent to the building, that provides direct access via a ramp into the library. The venue has accessible toilets. The library is easily accessed by public buses.
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