Museum and Heritage Studies
Level: postgraduate coursework
The Museum and Heritage Studies program explores collections, cultural processes and strategies that societies use to conserve, communicate and engage with museums and heritage, both tangible (for example, artefacts, buildings, landscapes and monuments) and intangible (for example, memories, cultural practices, crafts, drama, songs and skills). It examines how objects and heritage places are contested, managed and conserved both in the past and today. The program is concerned with the material objects, cultural practices, events and performances through which meaning is constructed in museums and at heritage sites. It is interested in how publics engage with museums and heritage, including sites of trauma, commemoration and memorialisation, and how museums and heritage sites have become important components of economic and urban development strategies in many cities and regions around the world.