Public Talks


The museum hosts a regular series of FREE public lunchtime talks. The talks are held on the FIRST Tuesday of each month EXCEPT January from 12.00 midday until 1.00pm in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Our next talk, on Tuesday 3 October, will be presented by Andrew Hughes. In August 2016, adventure teacher Andrew made a journey from the headwaters of the River Derwent to the sea by foot, pack raft and sea kayak, called Cirque 2 Sea. This was a partnership between the Bookend Trust and the Derwent Estuary Program. The journey was shared via the Bookend Trust's Expedition Class website and enabled more than 3000 students from Tasmania and beyond to experience the rapids, rainfall and dam wall dramas from their classrooms.

For the first week, Andrew was joined by a team of Year 10 students and scientists, as they searched for freshwater burrowing crayfish in the wilderness near Lake St Clair. Andrew then made his way by foot to find a trickle, which he followed, as it became the powerful River Derwent. He traversed the length of the river down to Hobart and out into the salt water of the Southern Ocean, with school groups joining him at various stages. The Derwent Estuary Program encouraged students to better understand the issues and challenges facing river catchments. Australian Curriculum-aligned lessons were made available via the internet to classrooms so they could relive the adventure. Andrew will discuss how real-life and real-time adventure combined with new technologies can lead to motivated and engaged students.

Andrew Hughes works with the Bookend Trust to create science- and adventure- focussed learning for primary and high school students. The backbone of this work is an adventure-learning model called Expedition Class that sees Andrew undertake a challenging journey in Australia or Papua New Guinea each year and share the trials and tribulations directly with classrooms as the expedition unfolds. Over the past 10 years, this has included being stranded on a deserted island for a month, paddling a sea kayak around Papua New Guinea, searching for the Tassie Tiger, cycling around Australia to climb the highest mountain in each State/Territory and searching for new caves in Tasmania's wilderness. For this work, he was recognised as the 2013 Tasmanian Australian of the Year and the 2012 Power of One Bryce Courtenay Australian Hero and is currently an Australia Day Ambassador.

Time: 12.00 – 1.00pm Tuesday 3 October 2017
Place: ROYAL SOCIETY ROOMS, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, (Davey Street entrance).
Phone the Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 for more details