Dr Jilda Andrews

PhD, GradDip (Digital Media), BA (MediaComm)(Hons1)
Research Fellow, The Australian National University
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Critical Heritage, Museum And Archive Studies 430202
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Artefacts 450102
  • Heritage Collections And Interpretations 430206

Research interests

My major area of research expertise is in ethnographic collections in museums from Australian origins, the exhibition and display of ethnographic collections in museum contexts and ongoing relationships of exchange with Indigenous source communities including repatriation.

I also have experience in working with the exhibition and display of environmental history in Australian contexts and its intercultural dimensions.

The research facilities and techniques I use include public exhibition and display, autoethnography, applications of Indigenous philosophical concepts such as relationality, ecological thinking, cyclical time and cultural burning in practical applications in contemporary museum practice.  


Dr Jilda Andrews is a Yuwaalaraay woman, cultural practitioner and researcher based in Canberra. Jilda draws from her heritage to investigate the connectedness of land, story and culture to objects in museum collections. Her focus on material culture and their associated stories continue to push the definition of custodianship, from one which is focused on the preservation of objects, to one which strives to maintain connections between objects and the systems which produce them. 


Researcher's projects

'Great Australian Stuff' (2023-). Television Series. Wildbear Entertainment for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in partnership with the Naitonal Museum of Australia and the ANU Australian Studies Institute. Indigenous Consultant.

‘Great Southern Land’ - gallery of Australia’s Environmental History, Exhibition. National Museum of Australia. Permanent Gallery redevelopment project 2017-2022. Audience and Experience Coordinator (2017-2018), Curator (2018), Producer (Acting) (2019-2020), Consultant (2020-2022). 

Currently Serving

  • Advisory Committee on Indigenous Repatriation, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications: Office for the Arts. Australian Government.
  • Research Associate, Global Station for Indigenous Studies and Cultural Diversities: GSI. Centre for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.
  • Visiting Fellow, College of Indigenous Education Futures, Arts & Society. Charles Darwin University.
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Council.  Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia.
  • Member, Climate Solutions Centre, Australian Museum
  • Member, Futures Oriented Museums Synergies (FORMS) global network.

Projects and Grants

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