Ghost signs of Port Phillip and beyond - talk

  • Heritage

Advertising reveals a great deal about the social and mercantile history of our cities. This panel discussion led by Dr Stefan Schutt will look at the significance of ghost signs as existing markers of a different time and space within our contemporary landscape".

Join us for an informative evening exploring ghost signs and their significance in the contemporary landscape with talks  by local experts Stephen Banham, Robert Pascoe and Gerardo Papalia as well as a panel discussion led by Stefan Schutt.

 • Win a prize! Enter the competition to guess what the layers of signage say on the wall in Tom Uren Lane, behind the Emerald Hill Library and Heritage Centre.

 • Live sign writing demonstration by professional sign writer Tony Mead.

This event will also incorporate the launch of the first scholarly anthology of writing on ghost signs, "Advertising and Public Memory: Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Ghost Signs" edited by Stefan  Schutt, Sam Roberts & Leanne White (Routledge, 2016).

Stefan Schutt is an Honorary Fellow and former Research Program Leader at the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. Stefan's research interests revolve around the everyday uses of digital technologies. He is particularly interested in the intersection of technology, narrative and identity. Stefan is the founder of a number of award-winning community technology projects. He is also a ghost sign aficionado, and the creator of the Lewis & Skinner online signwriting document archive:

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Image courtesy of Tobias Nash 2018


Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre
198 Bank Street
South Melbourne
Vic 3205




Telephone: 9209 6795

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