Chantal
Knowles
Partner Investigator
Australia

Queensland Museum Network

As Head of the Cultures and Histories Program at Queensland Museum Network, Chantal is responsible for the team who curate and manage collections across four campuses. A museum 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. 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 University of Cambridge.

Current Research Projects are:

  • ARC Discovery Project with University of Sydney, ‘Ex-cavating MacGregor : Reconnecting a colonial museum collection’
  • ARC Linkage Project with University of Queensland on ‘How Meston’s ‘Wild Australia Show’ shaped Australian Aboriginal history’.
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) with University of Wollongong

An essential item in Chantal’s toolkit

“Patience and an open mind, good research takes time and an open mind stops me from jumping to conclusions or assuming outcomes.”

Academic Profile

Staff Profile, Queensland Museum