Jude Philp

Senior Curator, Macleay Museum
PhD Camb MPhil BA
Rm 132, A12 Macleay Building, Gosper Lane

Research Interests

  • History and culture of the Pacific
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Museum practice
  • Natural History practice
  • Taxidermy

Publications and/or Exhibitions


‘Shirts for skirts, nets for nails: trade with the crew of HMS Rattlesnake’ Pp39-43. In Melanesia: Art and Encounter. Eds. Lissant Bolton, Nicholas Thomas, Elizabeth Bonshek and Julie Adams. London: British Museum Press. 2013

Lead curator: Meaning of Life: celebrating 50 years of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney (28 September- 8 March, 2013) Macleay Museum.

Curator: Coral: art science life exhibition (13 February till 12 September) 2012
Convener and organizer: academic conference session in the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies conference Wollongong University (April). Macleay Museum.

Conference paper: “Dances for Queen Victoria … or not” for the session ‘music and dance’ in the Australian Anthropological Society Conference, University of Queensland (September) 2012.

Curator Quest for Red exhibition (7 March 2011 to 30 January 2012) Macleay Museum

“Hedley takes a holiday”. In Unpacking the collections: Museums, Identity and Agency. Eds. Clarke, Torrence et al. One World Archaeology, Springer, 2011.

Conference paper: “Collecting Central Province”. For Buffalo Museum of Science (Rochester, USA) symposium and research forum (January) 2011.

Author: ‘Quest for Red’ Pp74-115 in Into the light : 150 years of cultural treasures at the University of Sydney / introduction by David Malouf ; essays by Jude Philp, Ann Stephen and Michael Turner ; photography by Michael Myers. 2010

Conference paper: “Producers and Collectors: Indigenous Agency and Ethnographic Collections, a Central Province PNG case study”. For the Sydney University Sawyer-Mellon Conference: The Atlantic World in a Pacific Field. Sydney 2010.

Conference paper (with Leilani Bin-Juda): “Access to collections: Creating a Better Future through Social Harmony” for the ICOM International 22nd Conference in the session ‘University Museums and Collections as Recorders of Cultural and Natural Communities Worldwide’ (November). 2010.

External Research Grants

Chief Investigator, “Producers and Collectors: Uncovering the Role of Indigenous Agency in the Formation of Museum Collections,” ARC Linkage Project: LP0669137

Chief Investigator, “The Original Field Anthropologist: Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay in Oceania, 1871-1883,” ARC Development Project: DP110104578