Chantal
Knowles
PhD Student
Australia

Monash University

Chantal is researching the role of museums in creating and sustaining narratives through their collections.

Formerly Head of the Cultures and Histories Program at Queensland Museum Network, she was responsible for a team who curate and manage human history collections across four campuses. As a museum professional, curator and anthropologist, with twenty years of experience working in the museum sector, her particular interests are museum practice and material culture and developing collaborative partnerships with communities.

Chantal is interested in how people relate to objects and in particular audience engagement with objects, stories and knowledge through museum activities.

At National Museums Scotland she curated two permanent galleries (Facing the Sea and Performance and Lives); special exhibitions and led a knowledge exchange partnership with the Tlicho of the Northwest Territories of Canada. Recent research projects include the ‘Fijian Art Research Project’ and ‘Who Cares? The material heritage of British Missions in Africa and the Pacific’ in collaboration with the University of East Anglia and the University of Cambridge.

Current Research Projects include:

  • ARC Discovery Project with University of Sydney ‘Ex-cavating MacGregor : Reconnecting a colonial museum collection’ http://sydney.edu.au/museums/research/macgregor.shtml
  • ARC Linkage Project with the University of Queensland on ‘How Meston’s ‘Wild Australia Show’ shaped Australian Aboriginal history’.

An essential item in Chantal’s toolkit

“An open mind, good research takes time and an open mind stops me from jumping to conclusion or assuming results.”

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