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Nicole McLennan

Nicole McLennan, Curator

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Not all horse play

By Nicole McLennan
04 Feb 2014
Nowadays when you talk about a ‘work horse’, you are probably referring to a ute, truck or some other form...
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About Nicole

Portrait of Nicole McLennan
Nicole McLennan. Photo: Jason McCarthy.

In 1999, I joined the National Museum of Australia as one of a team of curators developing the Horizons gallery for the Museum's opening day exhibitions in Canberra.

Since then I have worked in a range of cultural institutions in Australia and in the United Kingdom. My role has frequently entailed working with local communities to engage with, record, preserve and exhibit their histories.

I returned to the National Museum of Australia in 2012 to work on a temporary exhibition project about the history of the horse in Australia.


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

Home Away From Home: London's Irish County Associations, Temporary exhibition staged at City Hall, London and the London Irish Centre, Camden (UK), 2011. Role: curator and project manager.

Women of a 'High Lean Country', Travelling exhibition curated with five museums in the New England region and staged in Gunnedah, Tamworth, Narrabri, Inverell and Glen Innes, 2007. Role: curator and project manager.

Pens and Presses: Education and Print in Nineteenth Century New England, joint temporary exhibition with the Museum of Printing at the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, 2003. Role: co-curator and project manager.

Horizons: The Peopling of Australia since 1788 gallery at the National Museum of Australia, 1999-2001. Role: co-curator, content development, program management and delivery.


Unlocking Regional Memory. Archival project jointly conducted between the archives at the University of Wollongong, Newcastle and New England, 2002. Role: content development of New England material.

Select publications

‘Eric Dunlop and the origins of Australia’s folk museums’, in reCollections: a journal of museums and collections, vol. 1, no. 2, September 2006, pp. 130-51.

‘Collecting and Presenting the Past’, in Alan Atkinson, JS Ryan, Iain Davidson & Andrew Piper (eds), High Lean Country: Land People and Memory in New England, Allen & Unwin. Sydney, 2006, pp. 263-75 (co-author with Alan Atkinson, Bill Oates and Andrew Piper).

‘Henry Van de Velde’, in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 16, MUP, Carlton, 2002, pp. 435-6.

‘Christopher James Perrett’, in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 15, MUP, Carlton, 2000, pp. 593-4.

‘Glimpses of Unassisted English Women Arriving in Victoria, 1860-1900’, in Eric Richards (ed.), Visible Women; Female Immigrants in Colonial Australia, Vol. 4, Australian National University, Canberra, 1995, pp. 59-84.