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Cheryl Crilly

Cheryl Crilly, Curator

An Excessively Diverting collection

By cherylcrilly
21 May 2014
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Cheryl Crilly. Photo: Jason McCarthy.

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. 

pdf'From fine wool to high fashion: the story of Miss Faithfull's dress', Friends magazine, vol. 21, no. 1, March 2010, (PDF 322kb).

pdf'Springfield settles in', Friends magazine, vol. 17, no. 3 September 2006, (PDF 600kb).