Catching up with extended family and old friends is very important to me. In our family this happens every January. Not all of the family can be with us as some are in other parts of Australia or overseas. A nephew has researched our family history and now we are focusing on old family photos. Recently I have been scanning these and a daughter has made a private web-link for the family. My older sisters have been very helpful with stories and dates. Our investigations continue. The pressure is on to get stories down on paper before some of us fall off the perch!
While in Melbourne, a friend took me to Monash University, where we saw the current free exhibition on Jane Austen 'By a Lady' in the Sir Louis Matheson Library, open until March 29th. This wonderful exhibition has so many First Editions in excellent condition, with their beautifully designed covers, all on loan from the personal collection of retired Monash Medicine Professor Chris Browne. There are some enlarged James Gillray cartoons, panels with illustrations and quotes, and a great projected timeline operating on three levels. If only I could find a printed version of this timeline!
In this interactive exhibition there are new ways to investigate Jane Austen's world, all developed by 36 contributors over a short 30-day production timeline. Alongside the display cabinets there were virtual reality headsets, interactive touch screens and computer programs curated by multi-media students. Quite an amazing feat!