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Carol Cooper

Carol Cooper, Senior Curatorial Fellow, Research Centre

Portrait of Carol Cooper
Carol Cooper. Photo: Sharon Goddard.

I joined the National Museum of Australia as Head Registrar in 1998, riding the crest of the relocation and installation wave for the development of the new Museum at Acton. Previously my career ranged within Canberra cultural institutions from working as a curator, to audiovisual archivist and executive level manager.

As Head Registrar, I focused on the physical control, storage, documentation and movement of the National Historical Collection, the Museum archives and the photographic section.

In 2009, I joined the Centre for Historical Research, and in July 2010 became Head Curator, Collections Development Unit. This position involved policy development, supervising collection consultancies, and overseeing the Legacy Collections Project and the redevelopment of the Museum Hall. In 2013, following the Museum's restructure, I became a Senior Curatorial Fellow in the Research Centre.

Current projects

My current projects at the Research Centre are:

  • The Bothwell Museum – revisited and rejuvenated
  • Designs in wood: reconnecting to country
  • Horses in Australia exhibition research


Carol has been involved in curating various exhibitions and displays at the National Museum of Australia and other venues in Australia and overseas.