The Conference will be hosted by the University of Melbourne on its Parkville campus, a short tram ride from the central city.
Founded in the early 1850s, during the frenetic goldrush years and less than 20 years after European colonisation of the Melbourne area began, the campus occupies part of the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. The landscaped grounds feature a wide range of architectural styles and host diverse museums and other cultural collections, many of which will be available for Conference delegates to enjoy.
The University of Melbourne holds a variety of significant Cultural Collections. Selected collections open at the University of Melbourne during the MA 2010 Conference include:
The Grainger Museum, a 1930s purpose built museum featuring items from the amazing life of Percy Grainger - virtuosic concert pianist, composer and ‘free music’ experimenter.
The Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum may be visited in its display area on the ground floor of the Melbourne Dental School, a short walk across Swanston Street. In addition, a special exhibition from that Museum Cavities, keys and camels: Early dentistry in Victoria will be on display in the Leigh Scott Gallery at the Baillieu Library, one of the conference venues.
Also at the Baillieu Library, created especially for the conference, are some modern-day cabinets of curiosities featuring items from a selection of the University's diverse cultural collections.
Ian Potter Museum of Art has a number of contemporary art and archaeology exhibitions during the conference, including Devotion and Ritual in the Classics and Archaeology Gallery; Basil Sellers Art Prize 2010; Highlights of the University of Melbourne Art Collection; and Art in focus: Tim JonesSchool of Physics Museum will be open to the public during the conference, and features around 350 items of scientific interest.