Narratives of colonisation
The Musée du quai Branly in context
by Alexandra Sauvage
Paris's new ethnographic museum, the Musée de quai Branly, opened on 23 June 2006. This paper explores the origins and historical context of the museum and its collections, and the history of Indigenous Australian collections and Australia's involvement in the museum's design.
'Cluttering up the department'
Ronald Berndt and the distribution of the University of Sydney ethnographic collection
by Geoffrey Gray
This paper focuses on shifts in perceived ownership of the Sydney University ethnographic collection, mostly barks from Arnhem Land, collected by Ronald and Catherine Berndt between 1941 and 1949.
'I am hungry for fame-after-death'
Percy Grainger's quest for immortality through his museum
by Belinda Nemec
In the early 1930s the Melbourne-born, American resident composer, pianist, folklorist, educator and self-described 'all-round man', Percy Aldridge Grainger, came to an agreement with the University of Melbourne to create a museum that would both serve as a memorial to his mother, Rose, and position Grainger himself for posterity as Australia's greatest composer.
Museology and public policy
Rereading the development of the National Museum of Australia's collection
by Ian McShane
Disputes over social history as a museological foundation of the National Museum of Australia have been a major skirmish in the Australian 'history wars'. This paper analyses aspects of the Museum's institutional history in the context of wider developments in cultural and heritage policy.