Our Shared Histories Curatorial Centre explores the concept of shared histories as a way of marking and representing the enmeshed Indigenous and non-Indigenous experiences and histories of life on the Australian continent.
The Museum recognises that First Nations peoples may be referred to in a variety of ways, including as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, First Australians or Indigenous Australians.
Shona Coyne is Head of the Shared Histories Curatorial Centre. Shona is a Menang/Nyungar woman with cultural connections to Yamatji Country in Western Australia and the Scottish Highlands. She is also a Senior Curator and Manager of Repatriation and Community Engagement at the National Museum of Australia.
Shona has worked on exhibitions including Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians and the award-winning Yurlmun: Mokare Mia Boodja. Her research interests centre around the intersections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous colonial histories.