Curatorial intern & research assistant
Exhibition 1: Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation (2015-2016)
At the museum, I worked with the head curators Gaye Sculthorpe and Rachael Murphy in researching materials and objects for the exhibition. Research was predominantly focused on key objects, areas and collectors. I further co-authored a report to prepare a delegation of museum staff visiting and consulting source communities on the island of Mabuiag in the Torres Strait, in addition to continuous contributions of information for the accompanying book publication/exhibition catalogue.
During my time, I uncovered a link between the ancient rock paintings of the Kimberly region (the ancestral Wandjina) and a British Museum object believed to be a one-of-a-kind headdress ornament.
In addition: Collection management and archiving, retrieval, categorisation and registration of material, using digital assets software and the museum’s online collections catalogue.
Exhibition 2: Shifting Patterns: Pacific Barkcloth Clothing (2015)
Assisting head curator Natasha McKinney of the Oceania department. Collection management and archiving, retrieval, categorisation and registration of material, using digital assets software and the museum’s online collections catalogue.
Registering materials alongside anthropologist and curator Ben Burt and assisting keeper James Hamill in registering and managing the pictorial collections of the Africa, Oceania and the Americas Department.