Jennifer Wilson, Curator
20 Sep 2016
In 1910, Miss Gladys Roberts became one of the first employees of the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine in Townsville,...
I began working at the National Museum in 2005, after a few years in Longreach as curator of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre and the Qantas Founders Museum.
I have worked across a number of curatorial teams and explored many different themes and subjects throughout the National Museum’s collections.
I have always had an interest in Australia’s transport histories, completing a research project on the Museum’s aviation collections in 2013, and now working on horses in Australia.
Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story, National Museum temporary exhibition on the history of horses and humans in Australia, 11 September 2014 – 9 March 2015. Role: curator.
Spirited: Australia's Horse Story, temporary and travelling exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, opening 2014. Role: curator.
‘Big Objects’, permanent exhibition of objects in the Museum’s entrance hall, 2012. Role: lead curator.
Landmarks: People and Places across Australia, permanent exhibition gallery at the National Museum, 2011. Role: curator.
Centenary of Flight in Australia, temporary exhibition in the Museum's Hall, 2010. Role: curator.
Journeys: Australia’s connections with the world, permanent exhibition gallery at the National Museum, 2009. Role: curator.
Circa, new program and concept for the National Museum's introductory theatre, 2009. Role: curator.
'Riding for reconciliation', a display of Alby Clarke’s cycling outfit in the National Museum's First Australians gallery, 2005. Role: curator.
Renovation of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, 2003.
Online and digital features
Warwick campdraft, online exhibition content for Horses in Australia, 2014.
Warwick rodeo, online exhibition content for Horses in Australia, 2014 .
Emilie Roach equestrian collection, National Museum online collection highlight, 2014
'Joy flights, feats and disasters: A journey through 1920s and 1930s aviation in the National Historical Collection', audio and transcript of talk by Jennifer Wilson, 2013.
‘Austin Byrne’s Southern Cross Memorial collection’, National Museum online collection highlight, 2013.
‘Ellen Rogers collection’, National Museum online collection highlight, 2013.
‘Tropical medicine: an experiment worth trying’, online exhibition content for Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 2013.
‘Big objects’, online exhibition content, 2012.
‘John Smith Murdoch’s drawing instruments’, National Museum online collection highlight, 2010.
‘Parliament for the people’, Behind the scenes – Landmarks series audio, 2010.
‘Robe is not famous for robes’, Behind the scenes – Landmarks series audio, 2009.
‘A cast of thousands: redevelopment of Circa’, with Bronwyn Dowdall, Collections 2009 audio series, 2009.
‘The dan-tre: a musical migration story’, Behind the scenes – Australian Journeys audio series, 2007.
‘Cavalry of the clouds’, The Museum magazine, issue 6, Sep 2014–Feb 2015.
Contributor, Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story, National Museum of Australia Press, 2014.
Landmarks: A history of Australia in 33 places, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra, eds Daniel Oakman, Martha Sear and Kirsten Wehner; co-author, 2013.
‘Well travelled: Journey through Australia with treasured objects from the Museum’s collection’, The Museum magazine, issue 2, Sep-Nov 2012 (co-author with Carol Cooper and Karolina Kilian).
‘Frank Fenner AC’ (PDF 215kb), Friends magazine, vol. 22, no. 1, Mar 2011.
‘Preparing a Saint’s relics’, Friends magazine, vol. 21, no. 4, Dec 2010.
'Living in a material world: object biography and transnational lives', in Penny Russell, Desley Deacon and Angela Woollacott, Looking Out: Australian Lives in the World, ANU e-press, Canberra, (co-author with Karen Schamberger, Martha Sear and Kirsten Wehner), 2009.‘Reconciling a collection’, Gallery of First Australians News, vol. 3, issue 1, Apr 2006.
‘Alby’s ride for reconciliation’, Gallery of First Australians News, vol. 2, issue 2, December 2005.
‘A stitch in time: banner from the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation collection’, Captivating and Curious, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra, 2005.
‘Our Story’, Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame souvenir book, 2003 (co-author).