North Queensland culture and controversy on display in James Cook University rare museum treasures

If you wanted to choose a place where historical artefacts are most at risk of destruction, with the exception of conflict zones, you would have to consider North Queensland.

A dangerous mix of extreme weather, temperatures and moisture make it an archivist’s nightmare.

That is what makes the 50 rare objects currently on display, as part of an exhibition curated by James Cook University, all the more precious.

An old sketchbook open on a page of flowers painted in watercolours.
Fifty rarely-seen items from the James Cook University collection are on public display at Townsville’s Perc Tucker Regional Gallery until January 10th, 2021.(ABC North Queensland: Siobhan Heanue)

“High humidity, rainfall and then the fluctuation of everything — paper doesn’t like that at all,” curator Bronwyn McBurnie said.

Storing rare documents and artwork is a battle against nature itself.

“Apart from us not having good places

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Keesler AFB partners with local university to reach new heights > U.S. Air Force > Article Display


The Air Force continuously drives to find innovative ways to modernize and improve the force. Collaboration can stem innovation and expand knowledge, creating a consistent approach of improvement and advancement.

Keesler AFB and Mississippi State University developed a partnership earlier this year to enhance cyber capabilities.

“Our goal is to share ideas and resources,” said Violet Brantley, 81st Training Group training administrator. “By working together, we can learn from each other.”

Throughout 2020, Keesler AFB and MSU have conducted multiple visits, toured the area and tested their capabilities together.

“Cyber is a very fast, evolving field, and it is extremely important to train with currency,” said David Shaw, MSU provost and executive vice president. “We strive to benefit students everywhere, so we must adapt to research findings for security.”

MSU eventually assisted the 81st TRG by collaborating to improve instruction and taught multiple cyber

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