The Deakin in 9 Objects Project

Deakin in 9 Objects is an exciting new initiative developed by the University’s Cultural Collections Network. Over the course of 2017, three teams of student interns will be using nine artefacts from Deakin’s archives, art gallery and library special collections as inspiration for the creation of nine individual short films. Viewed together, we hope that they reveal an alternative story about Deakin University’s history and culture.

Graduation ceremony, Waurn Ponds, 1978. Photo credit: Peter Lane

Each internship team consists of two students – a postgraduate student from Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies and a third year student majoring in Film, Television and Animation. By working together to produce their creative “appraisals”, we hope that research and audiovisual storytelling skills are both shared and acquired by each team member. A story about the development of the Project can be found on the CulturalHeritage@deakin site.

During Trimester 2, we have one team working with Archives, and another working with the Art Gallery collection. Our third 2017 team will be working on artefacts from the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library (ADPML) on the Waterfront campus.

This site will provide updates on the discoveries made by each team, and information about the release of each short film. We aim to launch all nine films to coincide with the 40th anniversary celebration of Deakin’s first graduation year in October 2018.

Anonymous hand print, n.d., Deakin University, Burwood campus