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ACT Monaro Riverina Branch: Lecture: Museums and Australia’s Garden History with Luke Keogh

25 July @ 6:00 pm AEST

Garden objects, ephemera and stories are well-represented in Australian museum collections, though their significance and connections are not always fully recognised or interpreted.  It is time for museum curators and garden historians to have a closer dialogue, so they can better tell the ‘garden’ stories in their collections.

In his talk curator and historian Luke Keogh will showcase some of the objects and stories he has uncovered in his work with museums, focussing in particular on his recent work with the National Museum of Australia. He will also talk about some of the collaborations with museums around the world that have connected garden histories, museum collections and garden spaces.

Luke’s book The Wardian Case: How a Simple Box Moved Plants and Changed the World (2020) was Garden Media Guild’s Garden Book of the Year and won the NSW Premier’s General History Prize.

In this presentation Luke will draw on the work he has completed as White Family Senior Fellow in Australian Garden History at the National Museum of Australia.


Venue: The Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Blackall St, Barton. 

Cost: AGHS Members $15, non-members $20 (including refreshments)

Bookings are essential. Book at Trybooking.

Inquiries: Nancy Clarke –




Apothecary’s Box made from Huon Pine, NMA Collection





25 July
6:00 pm AEST
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