|Dr Mike Smith||
Dr Mike Smith AM is a pioneering desert archaeologist and a Senior Research Fellow at the Research Centre. For more than 30 years he has worked extensively across the Australian arid zone attempting to piece together a picture of the human and environmental histories of this diverse and fascinating region.
|Dr Libby Robin||
|Dr Nicholas Brown||
Dr Nicholas Brown is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Museum of Australia’s Research Centre, and Associate Professor at the School of History, Australian National University. His research interests span twentieth-century Australian environmental and social history, with a particular focus on biographical approaches.
Margo Neale is a Senior Research Fellow, Senior Curator and Principal Indigenous Advisor to the Director at the National Museum of Australia. Margo is also an Adjunct Professor in the history program at the Australian National University's Australian Centre for Indigenous History.
Dr Cameron Muir is a Research Fellow at the National Museum of Australia's Research Centre. Cameron is an environmental historian with strong interests in narrative non-fiction writing, and exploring ways research can contribute to public discourse.
Since its inception in 2007, the Research Centre has provided a base for a variety of researchers from Australia and overseas, investigating different aspects of Australian history.
To date Katherine Aiger, Alison Clark, Louise Douglas, Stephen Foster, Christine Hansen, Matthew Higgins, Shino Konishi, Kathryn Medlock, Maria Nugent, Michael Piggott, Biff Ward and Christine Wright have been Centre Associates.
Image: Associates Louise Douglas and Michael Piggott
|Library staff: Noellen Newton and Naomi Newton
The Museum’s Library, located in the Annexe and part of the Research Centre, has developed as a vigorous combination of scholarly special library and staff services library. Its holdings include collections of personal and professional papers and rare books, created by influential figures such as Dr Bob Edwards (museum curator and entrepreneur), Professor David Ride (cultural heritage management pioneer), historians Professor Ken Inglis and Professor Bill Gammage and the Baldwin steam collection. The library collection includes over 40,000 books and many serials, all relating to areas central to the Museum’s key themes of Australian history and society, people and the environment and Indigenous history and culture. The library has strong holdings in museum studies and conservation. The Library is run by Ms Noellen Newton and Ms Naomi Newton, whose acknowledged strengths are their responsiveness to readers’ interests and requests. In 2012 the Library will be refurbished, which may create periods of disruption.