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Research Centre

Group photo showing 11 people standing in front of windows with trees visible outside.
Staff and Associates, August 2011. Photo: Jason McCarthy.

The National Museum of Australia's Research Centre deepens the Museum's engagement with research, within and beyond the institution.

Established in 2007, the Centre has brought world-class researchers into the Museum, as research fellows, associates and visitors.

It has also given Museum staff opportunities to conduct and complete research projects relating to museums, exhibitions and collections.

Centre members and their work

The Centre's members work in fields including desert archaeology, Australian cultural, environmental, Indigenous, military and social history and Pacific cultural studies.

They also share a particular interest in museums and the study of material culture, and take a leading role in editing the Museum's online journal reCollections.

Current and former researchers

  • Our people lists some of the large body of books, articles, talks and other material produced by the Centre's staff.
  • Hear audio presentations and view online articles in Staff presentations and papers.

Conferences and seminars

The Centre hosts and organises regular conferences and seminars in areas including biography, collections, environmental history, and in support of the Museum's needs.

Highlights - past conferences

Mike Smith in the desert writing in his notebook

'The Compleat Archaeologist': Mike Smith, desert archaeology and museums
Friday 8 February 2013
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View video of Mike Smith's lecture 'The Lost Art of Stratigraphy' 

Understanding Museums: Australian Museums and Museology

audio_w15 Collections 2010: Caring for collections

audio_w15 Barks, Birds & Billabongs

audio_w15 Violent Ends: The Arts of Environmental Anxiety

audio_w15 A tribute to Bob Edwards

Staff at the Centre also worked on the publication of Understanding Museums, a history of Australian museums since the 1970s.