Cheryl Crilly, Curator
From our blog
An Excessively Diverting collection
21 May 2014
Giving a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection is one of the things I love most about being a curator at the National Museum of Australia....
I joined the curatorial team at the National Museum of Australia in 2003 and since then have worked on a range of collections and exhibitions relating to Australian society and culture.
I am interested in migration and transnational history and the journeys of people and objects. I also have a strong interest in women's and costume history, particularly the way clothing shapes and has shaped our experiences.
I am currently undertaking a Research Fellowship in the Museum's Research Centre, focusing on the Springfield – Faithfull family costume collection and the lives of the five generations of women who wore this clothing.
Major projects that I have worked on at the National Museum include the:
- Eternity gallery
- Horizons gallery
- Springfield collection
- Australian Journeys gallery
- Horses in Australia project.
Tel +61 2 6208 5326
Horses in Australia, new National Museum temporary and travelling exhibition on the history of horses and humans in Australia, opening in 2014. Role: curator.
Journeys: Australia's connections with the world, permanent exhibition gallery at the National Museum, 2009. Role: development of exhibits, website and public program content.
Horizons: The Peopling of Australia since 1788, exhibition gallery at the National Museum, 2005–2007. Role: development of exhibitions, website and public program content.
Eternity: Stories from the Emotional Heart of Australia, permanent exhibition gallery at the National Museum. Role: development of exhibition, website and public program content.
Australian Dress Register, Powerhouse Museum. A collaborative online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975. Role: contributor of costume from the National Museum’s collections.
Landmarks: a history of Australia in 33 places, National Museum of Australia Press, 2013 (contributor).
Collection Stories, National Museum of Australia Press, 2012. (contributor).
'The Wolseley 1500: the little car that could', Friends magazine, vol. 22, no. 2, June 2011.
'From fine wool to high fashion: the story of Miss Faithfull's dress', Friends magazine, vol. 21, no. 1, March 2010, (PDF 322kb).
'Springfield settles in', Friends magazine, vol. 17, no. 3 September 2006, (PDF 600kb).