Pro-Am curators of Australian television history: How is their practice different from that of professional television historians?

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Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 2014, 3 (2), pp. 159 - 171 (13)
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Eleven Pro-Am curators of Australian television history were interviewed about their practice. The data helps us to understand the relationship between professional and Pro-Am approaches to Australian television history. There is no simple binary – the lines are blurred – but there are some differences. Pro-Am curators of Australian television history are not paid for their work and present other motivations for practice – particularly being that ‘weird child’ who was obsessed with gathering information and objects related to television. They have freedom to curate only programmes and genres that interest them, and they tend to collect merchandise as much as programme texts themselves. And they have less interest in formally cataloguing their material than do professional curators of Australian television history.
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