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Sophie Price

Sophie Price is the Assistant Curator, Anthropology at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.

In her position as Assistant Curator, Sophie manages and cares for the unique and extensive anthropology and social history collections containing thousands of objects from across Queensland and beyond.

Sophie’s research focuses on re-contextualising and defining cultural collections in museums, addressing traditional record keeping and collecting practices, and facilitating opportunities for community engagement, accessibility, and knowledge sharing between people and collections.

Sophie’s other research areas include evaluating and address the gaps in historical museum collections. In particular, Sophie’s focus is on addressing the imbalance of traditional museum collections, acknowledging that traditional collections have had a focus on men’s history and colonial legacies. Future collecting opportunities and research will address these imbalances and aim to diversify the collections, by focusing on areas such as women’s history, LGBT+ communities and social and political movements.

Her blog series, Connecting with Collections on the Queensland Museum blog helps to promote public engagement with museum collections, and she is also working on new ways to make collections more available on digital platforms, and through virtual consultation and engagement practices with communities.

 

Sophie is currently working on research alongside the ARC Linkage Project, How Meston’s Wild Australia Show Shaped Australian Aboriginal History. The research, focused on the Archibald Meston collection at the Queensland Museum, provides key insights into the challenges of reassembling collections in cultural institutions, and the problematic nature of historic museum practices.

Instagram: @sophies.curatorial

 

Section

Aboriginal cultures

Pacific cultures

Torres Strait Islander cultures

Position

Assistant Curator of Anthropology

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