VALA Events 2017: Inside the seed bank

VALA invites you to our June Guest Speaker event and VALA AGM. Join us at The Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne on Wednesday 28 June from 5:30pm.

Our speaker is Dr Rachel Buchanan, University of Melbourne Archives who will be speaking on the topic “Inside the seed bank”.

Rachel Buchanan 200

VALA Guest Speaker Event and Annual General Meeting

Topic: “Inside the seed bank”

This talk considers the Germaine Greer Archive as a seed bank, a living collection of dormant material that preserves cultural, historical and political diversity. It explores how old and new technologies – arrangement and description, conservation, digitisation, social media and subject headings – can make archival records spring to life. Rachel Buchanan will use The Iran Album (1974), the telephone answering machine tape (1976) and the Ethiopia records (1984-85) as case studies of how this germination can work. These records illuminate the past but they are also emerging as powerful and playful actors in the present.

A Al-Fuqaha
University of Melbourne Archive, Germaine Greer Archive, 2014.0054.00258,
Trip to Iran Photograph Album, front cover.
Preservation digitisation: University Digitisation Services.
The image on the cover shows the Palace of Ali Qapu, Isfahan,
constructed late 16th century.

Speaker: Dr Rachel Buchanan, University of Melbourne Archives

Dr Rachel Buchanan is Curator, Germaine Greer Archive, at the University of Melbourne Archives. She is the author of Stop Press: the last days of newspapers (Scribe, 2013) and The Parihaka Album: Lest We Forget (Huia, 2010). In 2013-14, Rachel was a creative fellow at the State Library of Victoria. She has published many scholarly and literary essays on the politics and poetics of archives.

Please join Rachel, the VALA Committee, members and guests for this very special VALA Guest Speaker Event, at 5.30pm, Wednesday 28 June 2017.


This talk will follow the business of the Annual General Meeting. VALA members will be advised separately regarding the AGM.


RSVP: limited numbers, so please register only if you will attend. No “no shows” please! (We know who you are….)

Visitors are welcome at VALA meetings – but registration is essential!


Dulcie Hollyock Room
Ground Floor, Baillieu Library,
University of Melbourne.


Wednesday 28 June 2017, 5:30 for 6:00 – 7:30pm
Complimentary refreshments on arrival.

    For any enquiries contact VALA Secretariat via or (03) 9844 2933