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Cheryl Crilly

Cheryl Crilly, Curator

An Excessively Diverting collection

By cherylcrilly
21 May 2014
Giving a behind-the-scenes tour of the collection is one of the things I love most about being a curator at...

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Portrait of Chery Crilly
Cheryl Crilly. Photo: Jason McCarthy.

I joined the curatorial team at the National Museum of Australia in 2003 and since then have worked on a range of collections and exhibitions relating to Australian society and culture.

I am interested in migration and transnational history and the journeys of people and objects. I also have a strong interest in women's and costume history, particularly the way clothing shapes and has shaped our experiences.

I am currently undertaking a Research Fellowship in the Museum's Research Centre, focusing on the Springfield – Faithfull family costume collection and the lives of the five generations of women who wore this clothing.

Major projects that I have worked on at the National Museum include the:

  • Eternity gallery
  • Horizons gallery
  • Springfield collection
  • Australian Journeys gallery
  • Horses in Australia project.


Tel +61 2 6208 5326


Horses in Australia, new National Museum temporary and travelling exhibition on the history of horses and humans in Australia, opening in 2014. Role: curator.

Journeys: Australia's connections with the world, permanent exhibition gallery at the National Museum, 2009. Role: development of exhibits, website and public program content. 

Horizons: The Peopling of Australia since 1788, exhibition gallery at the National Museum, 2005–2007. Role: development of exhibitions, website and public program content.

Eternity: Stories from the Emotional Heart of Australia, permanent exhibition gallery at the National Museum. Role: development of exhibition, website and public program content.


Australian Dress Register, Powerhouse Museum. A collaborative online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975. Role: contributor of costume from the National Museum’s collections.


Landmarks: a history of Australia in 33 places, National Museum of Australia Press, 2013 (contributor).

Collection Stories, National Museum of Australia Press, 2012. (contributor). 

'The Wolseley 1500: the little car that could', Friends magazine, vol. 22, no. 2, June 2011. 

pdf'From fine wool to high fashion: the story of Miss Faithfull's dress', Friends magazine, vol. 21, no. 1, March 2010, (PDF 322kb).

pdf'Springfield settles in', Friends magazine, vol. 17, no. 3 September 2006, (PDF 600kb).

People and the Environment

Horses in Australia is part of the National Museum's People and the Environment program. Discover more stories about people's relationships with Australia's natural and built environments on our People and the Environment website.