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.
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
Word pictures: cultural stories by William Barak
|Panga: a Paakantye draughtsman on the Paroo in the 1870s|
Dr David Hansen, Senior Researcher, Sotheby's Australia
Download Panga audio/transcript
|Spearing fish, turtle and swan|
Andrew Sayers, AM, author
Download Spearing fish audio/transcript
|'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
Download Dawn of Art audio/transcript
|Between the lines|
Dr Melinda Hinkson, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University
Download Between the lines audio/transcript
|Following the line: establishing south-east artists practice|
Jonathan Jones, Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist and independent curator
Download Following the line audio/transcript
Conferences and seminars organised by the National Museum of Australia and the Research Centre.
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.
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.
The staff at the Museum regularly give talks and present papers to the public. Staff presentations and papers provides links to articles by staff members published online in: