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Research and museology

Research and scholarship are central to the National Museum of Australia's collection, exhibitions, publications and other activities. This research includes Australian history, care of its collection and museological areas including audience, evaluation and outreach. The establishment of the Research Centre has consolidated the study of Australian history and museum issues.

Research Centre

The National Museum of Australia's Research Centre fosters new thinking about Australian history and the Australian historical experience.

Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century: a celebration

A symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Aboriginal Artists of the Nineteenth Century by Andrew Sayers.

Introduction and Welcome to Country
Mathew Trinca, Director, National Museum of Australia and Aunty Susan Barry, Ngunnawal elder
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Remembering Barak
Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin, senior Wurundjeri elder of the Kulin nation in Victoria
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Word pictures: cultural stories by William Barak
Carol Cooper, Senior Curatorial Fellow, National Museum of Australia
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Panga: a Paakantye draughtsman on the Paroo in the 1870s
Dr David Hansen, Senior Researcher, Sotheby's Australia
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Spearing fish, turtle and swan
Andrew Sayers, AM, author
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'Without the aid of a master': the Dawn of Art drawings and their artists
Dr Philip Jones, Senior Curator, Department of Anthropology, South Australian Museum
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Between the lines
Dr Melinda Hinkson, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University
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Following the line: establishing south-east artists practice
Jonathan Jones, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and independent curator
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Conferences and seminars

Conferences and seminars organised by the National Museum of Australia and the Research Centre.

The Research Library

The Research Library of the National Museum of Australia was established in 1984 and has grown into a collection of more than 45,000 books, serials and audiovisual items.

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Online publications

reCollections: a journal of museums and collections is an independent, peer-reviewed journal. It focuses on two main areas: museology and museum practice; and the history and interpretation of objects and the social and environmental history of material culture.

Understanding Museums: Australian museums and museology is an online publication tracing the changes that have taken place in Australian museums of all kinds since the 1970s.