International House is a hall of residence owned by the University of Melbourne and houses 350 graduate and undergraduate students from Australia and overseas. International House was born from efforts by students and community members to ease housing problems faced by international students in the late 1940s and early 1950s. IH’s first residents (all male) moved in in 1957. The official opening was in 1958. The first female residents arrived in 1972, making International House the University of Melbourne’s first residential college to admit women. In 2017 International House celebrated its sixtieth anniversary. The International House Collection incorporates the IH archives and heritage collections and comprises of several hundred items which in addition to archival materials includes paintings, photographs, furniture, objects and building fragments e.g. stained glass windows. The collection has materials that relate to many important historical themes and events
9.1 Collection management - Archival Listing and Rehousing: Colour photographs (PROJECT ASSIGNED)
This archival-based project involves listing and rehousing colour photographs held in the International House Collection. This project work will aid in the management, accessibility, long-term preservation and appreciation of this collection.
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9.2 Research project – Fifty years of women at IH (PROJECT ASSIGNED)
This project aims to produce brief biographies of women closely involved with the founding and history of IH. Biographies will be published on the International House Collection website, with the possibly of this biographical content also being used to inform text panels in buildings at IH. The project will increase our understanding of the history of IH and role that women played in its establishment.
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9.3 Research and writing: Blog posts/Website content
This project offers the opportunity to write a series of blog posts to be published on the International House Collection website. The site showcases images and stories from the International House Collection and promotes the collection and associated activities to wider internal and external audiences, including former IH residents around the world. Content created as part of the project may also be adapted for use on other IH social media.
9.4 Research and interpretation – Collection objects audit
This project involves assisting in an audit of objects held in the International House Collection and undertaking research on the provenance of selected objects. Information uncovered will contribute to significance assessments of objects in the collection. This project work will aid in the management, accessibility, long-term preservation and appreciation of this collection.