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Jennifer High

Jennifer High joined the Queensland Museum in 2017 as Senior Curator of Transport, Energy and Science, based at The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich. She worked across a variety of transport histories in her previous roles as a curator at the National Museum of Australia from 2005 to 2017 and as curator of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum in Longreach. Jennifer’s interests in museums was fostered during her time as a volunteer at Cobb + Co Museum in high school and then at Queensland Museum during her university studies.

Jennifer’s research focuses on the connections between people, places and things, seeking to understand and record the stories of objects across time and space.

Exhibitions (NMA)

Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story, National Museum of Australia, 11 September 2014 - 9 March 2015

‘Big Objects’, National Museum of Australia, 2012-2016

Landmarks: People and Places across Australia, permanent exhibition gallery, National Museum of Australia

Centenary of Flight in Australia, temporary exhibition, National Museum of Australia, 2010

Circa, introductory theatre, National Museum of Australia


‘Stories from Ntaria,’ Landmarks gallery, Object Club, Museum Friends, 2016

‘Austin Byrne’s Southern Cross Memorial,’ Aviation Cultures Mk.II, University of Sydney, 2016

‘We paint our way’, The Museum, issue 9, 2016

‘Horses at Springfield’, Exploring Australia’s Horse Heritage: Part 5, Horses and People, 2015

‘Cavalry of the clouds’, The Museum, issue 6, 2015

Co-author, Spirited: Australia’s Horse Story, National Museum of Australia Press, 2014

‘Joy flights, feats and disasters: A journey through 1920s and 1930s aviation in the National Historical Collection’, 2013

Contributor, Landmarks: A history of Australia in 33 places, National Museum of Australia Press, 2013

Austin Byrne’s Southern Cross Memorial collection’, online collection highlight, 2013

Ellen Rogers collection’, online collection highlight, 2013

Co-author, ‘Well travelled: Journey through Australia with treasured objects from the Museum’s collection’, The Museum, issue 2, 2012

 ‘Preparing a Saint’s relics’, Friends of the National Museum of Australia Magazine, 21:4, 2010

Co-author, ‘Living in a material world: object biography and transnational lives’, ANU e-press, 2009


‘Heritage of the Air: How Aviation Transformed Australia’, ARC Linkage (LP160101232), 2018-2021


Senior Curator, Transport, Energy and Science, Cultures and Histories Program


BA Hons (UQ)