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The Future of Museum Collections

The Future of Museum Collections

ADI staff in the People, Place and Heritage Stream convened an industry/university workshop in November 2023 to discuss how museum collections can become better known and used using digital technologies and new theoretical approaches. Over fifty-five people attended from across Australia. The United Kingdom was represented by key individuals from the project ‘Towards a National Collection’, supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. We also had a representative from Aotearoa/New Zealand and many universities including the ANU, University of Melbourne, the University of Queensland, the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Australia. Cultural heritage and museum studies is an area of strength for Deakin, which has been teaching and researching in this area for over forty years. Current research staff include Dr Jason Gibson, Dr Billy Griffiths, and Prof Gaye Sculthorpe, all of whom have strong interests with and work with Indigenous communities and collections. The workshop will lead to a publication featuring the issues arising from the workshop and a funding application to further research in how to connect disparate collections locally, nationally, and globally. 

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