Heritage and Museum Studies at the ANU draws together two related areas of study, cultural and natural heritage and museums and collections. These areas examine, contribute to, and theorise the processes by which heritage is produced and consumed. We also very actively pursue research in public history and memory and tourism studies, and see the links between these areas and heritage and museum studies as crucial to the development of all these areas of research and practice.
This developing field of study recognises that heritage finds expression not only in material culture, but also in intangible cultural events and performances, and that heritage is intimately linked to expressions of identity, sense of place and the processes of remembering, forgetting and commemoration. It endeavours to expand understanding about the purposes for which heritage and museums have been employed by stakeholder and audiences, ranging from local communities or agencies, to state and national governments and international agencies. It develops an integrated understanding of the way heritage is managed and exhibited, with critical explorations of the cultural and political work that heritage does in society.
Our offerings include:
For further information, please visit the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies webpage.