NFSA blog entries by Martin Ford
Recently, NFSA staff, along with staff and students of the ANU School of Art, heard talented animator Katie Ryan reflect on her research into works in the NFSA collection. It was a fascinating insight into the history and technology of animation in Australia.
The last couple of weeks have seen a flurry of activity to finalise selection of the 2010 additions to the National Registry of Recorded Sound – Sounds of Australia. We have had some really interesting and, at times very imaginative, nominations which have come in from all over the country.
It was back in 1973 that Paul Simon immortalised colour photography in this song, but if he saw the writing on the wall, it was a long time coming. The last ever roll of 35mm roll of Kodachrome film will be processed, at Dwayne’s Photofinishing Lab in Kansas City, in December this year. Manufacture of the film stock was discontinued some time ago.
This week I started the recently established British Library Sound Archive (BLSA) staff exchange program in London. During my time here I will be exploring the ins and outs of sound archiving in the United Kingdom. Amongst many 'meetings and greetings’ I am also working on a project which aims to mutually benefit the NFSA and the BLSA.
I recently presented a paper at the International Conference on Museums and Restitution hosted by the Manchester Museum, a large regional museum based at the University of Manchester.