Contributions to the AICCM National Conference 2013, Adelaide 23-25 October


The development of the First Peoples exhibition within the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum, a venue of Museum Victoria (MV), provided the opportunity to consult and collaborate with Victorian Aboriginal Community members. This paper will provide an overview of four collaborations; work with the Yulendj reference group , with Gunai artist Steaphan Paton during the acquisition process, with Yorta Yorta elders on a historic possum skin cloak and finally with Baraba Baraba and Wemba Wemba community members in returning and filming objects on country. The consultations were documented and have been included in MV’s database and digital asset management program. This exchange of knowledge and skills enhanced the preservation of Indigenous collections at MV by incorporating cultural considerations into conservation practices.


conservation, consultation, collaboration, victorian, aboriginal, community, ethics, exhibition

AICCM National Conference 2013
Paper author:
Samantha Hamilton