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Laura Breen

Laura Breen, Assistant Curator

Portrait of Laura Breen
Laura Breen. Photo: Jason McCarthy.

I joined the curatorial team at the National Museum of Australia in 2008.

I previously worked at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in Edinburgh, and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts in Canberra.

My research interests include the changing role of the monarchy in Australia, transnational histories, and automotive technologies, inspired by the National Museum’s significant motor car collection.

I am a PhD candidate at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University.

Contact

Email laura.breen@nma.gov.au
Tel +61 2 6208 5439

Current projects

Horses in Australia, new National Museum temporary and travelling exhibition on the history of horses and humans in Australia, opening in 2014. Role: assistant curator.

The Royal Daimler Project, online blog and fundraising project to conserve this car used for Queen Elizabeth's 1954 royal tour of Australia. Ongoing. Role: curator, content development and delivery.

Exhibitions

'Sir Joseph Carruthers' module for Journeys: Australia's connections with the world permanent exhibition gallery at the National Museum, 2012. Role: curator.

'John Konrads’ Olympic gold' temporary display at the National Museum, 2012. Role: curator, concept and content development.

'Dargie’s wattle queen', temporary display at the National Museum, 2010. Role: curator, concept and content development.

Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons 2010, temporary and travelling exhibition at the National Museum. 2010. Role: assistant curator. 

Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons 2009, temporary and travelling exhibition at the National Museum, 2009. Role: assistant curator. 

Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons 2008, temporary and travelling exhibition at the National Museum, 2008. Role: curatorial assistant.

Online features

Delaunay Belleville tourer, collection highlight on the National Museum website, 2013.

'Conserving the Queen's Daimler', conservation video produced for Museum Workshop: The Art, Science and Craft of the Conservator temporary exhibition at the National Museum, 2012. Role: contributor.

Zilm family furniture, collection highlight on the National Museum website, 2012.

Birtles' Sundowner Bean car, collection highlight on the National Museum website, 2011.

Olympic swimming medals of John Konrads, collection highlight on the National Museum website, 2011.

1954 Royal Tour Daimler landaulette, collection highlight on the National Museum website, 2010.

Queen Elizabeth II 'wattle painting', collection highlight on the National Museum website, 2010.

Publications

'From Parisian workshop to museum repository: retracing the Australian history of a 1913 Delaunay Belleville motor car', reCollections: a journal of museums and collections, vol. 8, no. 1, 2013.

'Mrs Carruthers’ court dress', The Museum magazine, no. 3, March–August 2013, p. 35, 2013.

'Fit for a Queen: the stately Daimler used by Queen Elizabeth II during her royal tour of Australia in 1954 gets a makeover', The Museum magazine, no. 1, March-August 2012, pp. 28-29, 2012.

'Dargie's "Wattle Queen": Popular monarchism in mid-twentieth-century Australia', reCollections: a journal of museums and collections, vol. 6, no. 1, 2011.

'A model community: visiting Scotland's World Heritage-listed New Lanark', Friends magazine, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 12-13, 2011.

pdf 'The Queen's Royal Daimler', Friends magazine, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 12-13, 2010, (PDF 186kb).

'Sir William Dargie (1912–2003): Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second, 1954', The World of Antiques and Art, issue 77, pp. 140-141, 2009.

pdf 'Sir William Dargie’s spare wattle painting', Friends magazine, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 13-15, 2009, (PDF 962kb).

pdf 'Colyn Cohen's braille pocket watch', Friends magazine, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 12-13, 2009, (PDF 183kb).

pdf 'Australian Convict Sites World Heritage nomination', Heritage Division, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra, 2008, (PDF 13.5kb). Role: researcher.