Chantal Knowles

Chantal Knowles Chantal joined the Queensland Museum Network as Head of the Cultures and Histories Program in May 2014. As a museum professional and anthropologist with 19 years of experience working in the museum sector her research has focussed on Oceania, in particular Papua New Guinea. Her wider interests include museum practice and material culture and developing collaborative partnerships with communities, curators, authors and scholars. She is currently working on an ARC Discovery Project with University of Sydney Ex-cavating MacGregor : Reconnecting a colonial museum collection and has recently received funding through ARC Linkage to work with University of Queensland on How Meston's 'Wild Australia Show' shaped Australian Aboriginal history.
Prior to arriving in Australia to work at Queensland Museum she was Principal Curator (Oceania, Americas and Africa) at the National Museums Scotland. Over 13 years at National Museums Scotland she curated two permanent galleries (Facing the Sea and Performance and Lives); numerous special exhibitions and led a knowledge exchange partnership with the Tlicho of the Northwest Territories of Canada, resulting in an exhibition, outreach programme and catalogue. Chantal headed a review of Pacific collections in Scotland. This 18-month funded project (2013-2014) seeks to understand the Pacific collections of Scotland, their links and associations as well as test a methodology for succession planning in museums. She is a former Chair of the Museum Ethnographers Group (UK).


Head of Cultural Environments Program


Master of Studies in Ethnology and Museum Ethnography (University of Oxford)

Bachelor of Arts (Jt Hons) in Archaeology and Social Anthropology (Queen’s University of Belfast)

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