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Our work

The Research Centre’s work extends across many spectrums of relevance to the Museum. Its members include an archaeologist of Australian deserts and scholars in Australian social, Indigenous and environmental history and the Pacific. They have published widely, in both academic and popular forums, and maintain a strong interest in the value of material culture as a means to understand the world.

The Centre’s role within the Museum is to foster a research culture, supporting colleagues to engage in research and to make the most of opportunities to produce research relevant to the Museum’s broad interests. Increasingly, its members are contributing to core programs such as exhibitions.

The Centre especially focuses externally, acting as a bridge between the institution and the scholarly community, a relationship often manifest in publications, partnerships and in conferences, meetings and collaboration of all kinds.

  • Prizes and awards - Student Prize in Australian Environmental History and the History of Australian Science.
  • Partnerships - The Centre fosters partnerships with other institutions both in Australia and around the world.

reCollections: A journal of museums and collections

reCollections: A journal of museums and collections is an independent, peer-reviewed journal published by NMA Press. It focuses on two main areas: first, museology and museum practice; and, second, the history and interpretation of objects and the social and environmental history of material culture. Contributions are welcome relating to the role of museums in society, museum practice, and the history, collection, interpretation and display of museum collections. Articles should relate specifically to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, or confront issues that are broadly relevant to museums or material history.

For enquiries or submissions to reCollections, please contact recollections @

Current editors of reCollections: Dr Mike Smith and Dr Peter Stanley, members of the Research Centre; Dr Therese Weber from the National Museum of Australia's print publishing team; and Dr Stephen Foster from the Australian National University.