Earlier this month saw the official launch of the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series, proudly sponsored this year by Rangelands NRM.
The launch took place at the Maritime Museum on 4 June followed by a lecture by Professor Lyn Beazley AO on 'Seeing with eyes ancient and modern: how we and other animals see the world', which drew an audience of over one hundred.
Professor Beazley’s lecture was the starting point of a six-month lecture series featuring expert presentations from some of the State’s leading scientists, curators and associates, covering regionally relevant topics such as local shipwrecks, conservation of rock art and birds of the Indian Ocean.
“With exciting scientific discoveries and interesting cultural developments occurring across the State, the In the Wild West lecture series allows us to share important and relevant stories with Western Australian communities,” WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said.
Thanks to support from Rangelands NRM, the 2014 In the Wild West lecture series will visit Broome, Kununurra, Port Hedland, Karratha and Carnarvon, with lectures repeated at WA Museum sites in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Perth, after launching at the Maritime Museum.
“Taking the In the Wild West lecture series regionally allows us to engage communities that may not typically be able to visit WA Museum sites and participate in all we have to offer,” Mr Coles said.
“This lecture series aligns with the WA Museum’s mission of inspiring people to explore and share their identity, culture, environment and sense of place, and it also underpins the themes supporting the New Museum redevelopment by providing an opportunity to showcase unique biodiversity of our State and to share the incredible stories of our people, all presented by our own curators and researchers.”
Lectures will be recorded throughout the series and made available for viewing on the WA Museum’s website.
The public can attend the lectures for a Gold coin donation. BOOKINGS are essential on 1300 134 081 or via the online booking system. http://museum.wa.gov.au/whats-on/in-the-wild-west
Image: [L to R] Rangleands NRM Board Chair Mr Bill Mitchell, Rangelands NRM CEO Dr Gaye Mackenzie, Professor Lyn Beazley, AO and WA Museum CEO Mr Alec Coles at the launch event