New Head of Cultural Environments for Queensland Museum

20 May 2014

In a coup for the Queensland Museum, Chantal Knowles, formerly Principal Curator at National Museums Scotland has been appointed as the new Head of Cultural Environments.

Chantal brings a wealth of experience in researching and managing archaeological and ethnographic collections from around the world.

Queensland Museum Network CEO, Professor Suzanne Miller said Chantal’s appointment is significant in continuing to develop the Museum’s collection management expertise and research capabilities.

“I believe the Queensland Museum has the potential to become one of Australia’s great research organisations, as well as a world class repository of stories from across Queensland and indeed the world.

“We already have so much knowledge and talent amongst our curatorial staff, and adding a researcher and curator of Chantal’s calibre to our ranks just supports that benchmark of excellence,” she said.

To date much of Chantal’s research has largely focused on collections such as those amassed by travelling missionaries, colonialists and military personnel, which provide a deep insight into early colonial and indigenous engagement.

Out of this she has developed a keen interest in developing sustainable partnerships with indigenous artists, curators, scholars and communities.

Chantal holds a Masters in Ethnology and Museum Ethnography and a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Social Anthropology.

After graduating she worked for five years at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford as a Research Assistant.

In 2001 she was appointed as Curator of Ethnography at the National Museums Scotland, and most recently held the position as their Principal Curator of Oceania, Americas and Africa specialising in the material culture and history of Oceania.

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