Museum Development Officers

The team who developed the Sugar Strike display at Mackay Library, standing in front of the completed display A Museum Development Officer explaining safe cleaning techniques to participants at a regional workshop. Two Museum Development Officers assisting in the installation of an exhibition.

Vital support from the Queensland Museum for your community collections.

Do you have a story to tell? Do you need a grant, advice or training?

You need a Museum Development Officer.

Wherever you are in regional Queensland, there is a Museum Development Officer (MDO) available to help you. Together we care for Queensland’s heritage collections.

We provide some services for free and work with you on a fee-for service basis on a range of projects.

To find out about all about our work, please visit our blog.

Projects include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Policy development
  • Collection management
  • Significance and preservation assessments
  • Preservation
  • Exhibition/display development
  • Volunteer policy and procedures
  • Public programs
  • Grant writing
  • Workshops

Community Collections include:

  • Community museums
  • Historical societies
  • Local history libraries
  • Collecting galleries
  • Archives
  • Indigenous Keeping Places
  • Multicultural groups

Locate your nearest Museum Development Officer



Map of Queensland showing the five regional divisions for the Museum Development Officers.






Centre MDO Phone Email
Cairns Dr Jo Wills 40324051
Townsville Ewen McPhee 47260619
Mackay Dr Melanie Piddocke 49601635
Ipswich Josh Tarrant 34325145
Toowoomba Lydia Egunnike 46594921