Friday, 18 January 2013

Fisher Library and the Unity of Knowledge

"From outside it [Fisher Library] is arresting; inside it is both convincing and hospitable and its message - not only the importance of books but the essential unity of knowledge - is clear to see and easy to understand."




Harrison Bryan, MA. Librarian, University of Sydney
The Veterinary Inspector, 1964




Image source - http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/about/fisher-dev/renovation/images/Fisher_Heritage_Study_2007-Part1_img_8.jpg

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Wrecking the university system

"The question that future historians will find most interesting is why a political class should have set about wrecking a university system which by any criterion (including money) has been outstandingly successful"

http://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2012/12/12/ross-mckibbin/in-defence-of-british-universities/

One of the best things on universities I've seen in ages.

History in the Desert


I recently spent a week in the Broken Hill area. See what we did at http://sydney.edu.au/news/social_inclusion/84.html?newscategoryid=236&newsstoryid=10583

Learned some amazing history - see http://www.youtube.com/user/djbcjk?feature=watch

This is part of some new work I've been doing over the past year, but which hasn't made it into my blog yet. Thinking about ideas about making history inclusive.

There will undoubtedly be more to come.